Fifth about The Seventh

The Woman King

The Woman King: it is an old-fashioned story told by Gina Prince-Bythewood in this historical epic film; there is one crucial difference, in that it focuses its look on the role of a group of woman warriors. It also deals (if not to full historical facts) with slavery and the role of the African societies in it. Viola Davis gives a ferocious performance as the leader of the warrior group; Thuso Mbedu, as one of the young recruits, is efficient, as are Lashana Lynch and Sheila Atim as two veterans. The action sequences are very well choreographed and shot, by cinematographer Polly Morgan. The film overall has a very convincing look to it, thanks to the stellar work of the production designer Akin McKenzie and the costume designer Gersha Phillips, who creates realistic, colorful, functional, and distinctive clothes. The film smartly showcases life at peaceful times as well, when music and dance gained importance and gave lots of flavour. Composer Terence Blanchard made the musical score.

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