The Woman King

Action, Drama, History Rated: PG-13 135 min

This historical epic, based on a true story from the powerful  18th and 19th century African Kingdom of Dahomey, sets the scene, but Academy-Award winner Viola Davis, with all the grit, compassion and tenacity we’ve witnessed in her previous roles, delivers the compelling story on her able, muscular shoulders. Writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood said recently that Hollywood was wary of backing a film about African women warriors. That soon changed when they realized they had a hit on their hands. Prince-Bythewood is at the top of her game, just like her star.

The Woman King is a sweeping entertainment, but it’s also a story of unwavering resistance in front of and behind the camera.” — Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
directed by
Gina Prince-Bythewood
written by
Dana Stevens, Maria Bello
Viola Davis, Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch
United States