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The Woman King

Erm. I suppose it’s nice that it exists from a certain point of view. There are loads of films from that period of history that are about other parts of the world, but there isn’t a huge amount about Africa. At least there aren’t many of this scale and budget and with the kind of mainstream access that this has had. It’s kinda weak though that it’s a girl boss movie about a community that was instrumental to the slave trade. They do kinda touch upon it I suppose, but it’s a very light touch considering.

One of my biggest gripes outside of all that stuff was the editing of the action sequences. It’s not quite on the level of Liam Neeson jumping over a fence but it isn’t a million miles away from it either. For the most part I didn’t have a clue what was going on in the fight scenes and that’s usually on purpose to mask an even bigger fault somewhere. This film doesn’t build up any good faith in making me think otherwise.

I dunno, it all kinda amounted to a Disney Princess movie for me. It follows all the usual beats and contains the usual tropes, and it feels like it’s done that on purpose. I don’t think there’s anything innovative outside of the identity politics, which are important, but they’re on questionable ground in this case.

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