The Woman King

The story of the Agojie, the all-female unit of warriors who protected the African Kingdom of Dahomey in the 1800s with skills and a fierceness unlike anything the world has ever seen, and General Nanisca as she trains the next generation of recruits and readies them for battle against an enemy determined to destroy their way of life.

  • Released:
  • Runtime: 120 minutes
  • Genre: Action, Drama, History
  • Stars: Viola Davis, Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch, John Boyega, Jayme Lawson, Sheila Atim, Adrienne Warren, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Angélique Kidjo, Jordan Bolger, Masali Baduza, Jimmy Odukoya, Thando Dlomo, Tuks Tad Lungu, Makgotso M, Chioma Antoinette Umeala, Shaina West
  • Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
 Comments
  • OMTR - 13 January 2023
    "Sometimes a mouse can take down an elephant."
    Inspired by the life of the Amazons of Dahomey, Gina Prince-Bythewood's film got the green light thanks to the worldwide success of "Black Panther".

    It is with strength and conviction that the cast pays tribute to these legendary warriors who fought for their Amazon mothers and sisters, as well as their king, in order to put an end to slavery in their kingdom of Dahomey in the XIXth and XXth centuries.

    A period of time marked by the invasions of the Oyo in the pay of Western imperialists, during the "slave trade", before the "First and Second Dahomey Wars", between 1890 and 1894, made it a colony under the yoke of imperial France.
  • panerai_diver - 11 January 2023
    Abysmal
    The Dahomey in real life fueled the slave trade and got smacked the two battles they fought against the French. This movie tries to make the Dahomey heroes fighting against slavery even though they had slave of their own.

    In real life the Dahomey barely killed any of the French and instead only raided other smaller tribes to steal women and children in order to sell them into slavery or keep them to work as slaves on their own plantation.

    Imagine a movie where the confederacy fought to free slave a from the Union. Sounds crazy right? That is what this movie does takes a group like the Nazis and tries to make them hero's.

    Just more revisionist garbage. I want my money back.
  • carolking-73833 - 9 January 2023
    Unentertaining piece of feminist propaganda
    Nothing but a huge piece of feminist propaganda. I am married to a African man and this in no way reflects the west African people, or the tribes. They believe in traditional male and female roles. This was some unrealistic trash, and very unentertaining. I was close to cutting it off several times, but I pushed through to the end. I love viola Davis, but this movie was garbage.

    The movie was totally predictable, the only thing I didn't see coming was the situation with the woman king and the relationship with the girl. That was a nice twist to the movie and the only reason it received the 2 starts that I gave it.

    They also should say it was based off true events either because that seems to be quite a stretch. The actual events the women that had to fight for slaughtered very easily. None of this actually happened and they weren't even close to winning any battles.
  • nogodnomasters - 9 January 2023
    Sometimes a mouse can take down an elephant
    The film is a fictional story that takes place in 1823 West Africa. King Ghezo (the only historical character) of Dahomey is at war with the Oyo and Mahl. They raid each other for slaves. The Agojie is an all female warrior group lead by Nanisca (Viola Davis) who is their legendary general. Nawi (Thuso Mbedu) is a new recruit who was rebellious and given to the King by her father. She becomes the best soldier in what is far more than a music montage. She has trouble obeying orders.

    The film is far from historical and to say it was inspired by historical events would be kind. It has modern themes of slavery and what could have been had Africa banded together. It is a David and Goliath film where the bad guys ride black horses and wear red and black. It is a war drama and almost a love story.

    Guide: No swearing, sex or nudity.
  • trinius - 7 January 2023
    Really impressed
    This movie panned out to be better than expected I watched it three times already. The story line and the role Viola Davis took on she really impressed me with doing more than exceptional for her role in this film. I love the culture and the dignity of these women in the film. I loved Izogie and Amenza's role awesome! This is a different take to most roles women have in films nowadays and was really refreshing to see how strong woman can be and can be most trusted to protect a man in power and his kingdom. You won't regret looking at this film I do like when actresses are called to perform in a role outside the norm.
  • taravdh-94850 - 4 January 2023
    Very Much Enjoyable...
    I loved this movie right from start to finish..... Viola Davis is a brilliant actress and she played the part of Nanisca brilliantly, she is so fit n healthy she made me out of breath just watching her, as she is very quick on her feet n even quicker when it comes to chucking that Machete around...

    I would love to know how they made Thuso Mbedu who plays Nawi look so young. She literally looks about 15 at a pish in this movie and I don't think cgi done that.. She plays the part brilliant as do all the cast.

    This movie is over 2 hours long but, it felt like it went so quick as u really do get drawn into the film from the get go.

    I don't have a bad word to say about it as everyone in the cast really did there homework n they got it off to a tee,

    I love how they used so many women for the tribes n how they train to become the ultimate warriors fighting against men n proving that women too can be just as strong, if not even stronger than a man...

    Well done to all.. Loved it...
  • otismyers - 2 January 2023
    Get a life "HIS"torians!
    Looks like this TWK movie made a few people mad.... Lol... I absolutely love it. That tells you a lot about how powerful, moving, and accurate this movie is! Kudos to the writers, producers, and cast!

    The rest of you sad people need to get a life. A certain group of people have been writing and producing false narratives for thousands of years and still today. Now, a storywritten from another's perspective or interpretation is a problem? Get over it! Your HIStory is your story. HERstory is our story! Give power to what you want to believe as history and the rest of us will do the same! Happy New Year!
  • nwakaderek - 2 January 2023
    Great Job
    Great movie, great actors, great delivery. A must watch.

    I have no words to describe how this film is good. Viola Devis (Nanisca) always entertaining us .

    The film has a coherent story, but I don't like Malik (Jordan Bolger) because of his performance and character, still the film is very good. It's one of the best films I've ever seen. Lashana Lynch (Izogie) is also very good.

    The story, the cast and their acting, costumes, music, action...outstanding. Honestly It's been a while since I liked a movie this much. Even the predictability of it doesn't ruin the movie because of the great acting and the astonishing brutality and charisma.

    Great movie, great actors, great delivery. A must watch indeed.
  • Bigough13 - 31 December 2022
    Amazing Pro Life message
    It was a child she didn't want but was forced to have, a child she ultimately decided to give the child away. Just seeing the joy in her face from realizing that her child, that she decided to give away, was still alive. Full experience of the blessing of life.

    Just a fantastic overall pro life message that everyone should appreciate. Thank you for this beautiful film.

    The rest of the film was also very good, however the acting in some places leaves a lot to be desired. It teaches integrity and doing the right thing no matter what you're told to do. Overall this is a very good film, just a beautiful pro-life message overall.
  • moviesknight - 31 December 2022
    Strong women. Good visuals.
    Left so much to be achieved. Could have been far more better. I dont think it was delivered the justice it promised. But great female cast, strong characters, both physically and mentally. Nice cultural vibes. The dances, rituals and beliefs were so beautiful. The story lacks the thrust. The focus shifts from slave trade to personal past redemption. This should have been the side plot but instead was pushed to main plot, which I think led to its downfall as a film. We always require strong leaders to lead who have the vision to see things. Fight scenes were not that good. Lots of things which were let down. I think white colonialism was shown not as cruel, evil, wicked as it was/is. This was the biggest let down of all. Women warriors are shown strong but not smart, except few. And most of them were shown weaker compared to men. I felt that was insulting to the women warriors. Good acting and visuals though. Some scenes were too emotional and personal.
  • kbmallet-89607 - 31 December 2022
    Absolutely LOVED this movie!
    Yeah, I've heard all the haters trying to give history lessons about "The Woman King". Yeah, I'm fully aware that the Kingdom of Dahomey sold prisoners of war as slaves to Europeans. Yeah, I know the difference between a documentary and historical fiction. This movie was whuonderful -- stunts, action, conflict, friendship, humor, rage, and I loved every minute of it.

    However, I am unmoved by the negativity and hope to see more stories of Black history -- the good, the bad, and the ugly. I look forward to more stories like this. If people can make films like "Gladiator", "Braveheart", and damn near every vintage Western, then there can be room for this story. I look forward to getting my own copy of the glorious soundtrack by Terrance Blanchard and enjoying my own copy of the film on DVD.
  • clairibela - 30 December 2022
    Best picture
    Outstanding. This movie should win an Oscar for best picture. The acting is outstanding, the story is very special and unlike anything you've ever seen. Viola Davis is a standout as is the young woman who plays now we. I wish I am DB didn't require me to have so many characters in my review, I would like to just say a few things about the movie and move on. This will detract from people's desire to leave a review at all. I was hesitant to watch this movie because I didn't want to see a big bloody Glory action fest, but in the end I am so happy to have seen this movie and learned a little bit about this tribe.
  • Bturiace - 30 December 2022
    Kings and consequences
    Is everything based on a truth now, or do we just want to make believe it to be.

    Well, what if.

    The story was fine, and perhaps predictable and potentially inspiring if it's your sort of thing.

    With the era of a woman's revenge films to follow along with.

    Warning you may need to fit the part.

    Herein lies another throne we needn't envy.

    But perhaps films are made to peak curiosity and to present an opportunity to learn something regarding a truth.

    We are our own best critics after all. Even if we have no clue what we are doing.

    There is much pride here, even with much failure. But luckily the color and tone will entice you.
  • anikibeniki - 29 December 2022
    a criminal cannot be a hero
    The film is a lie. If you want to lie, make a film that Putin is a good black man. Russia destroys peaceful Ukrainian cities. TOday we were bombed. On February 28, an air bomb was dropped on us and my neighbors died, scattered to pieces. My relatives are forced to leave their home and are now refugees in Europe. My aunt was supposed to be evacuated from under Mokarov, but due to her health she could not go with the evacuation convoy. This column was shot at by the Russians. HER was forced to bury the dead. Now she's gone a little crazy. My friend's son went out into the yard of the house and a Russian soldier, the second son, shot at him from the street without warning.