MOVIE NEWS

Movie reviews: ‘The Woman King’ warriors dominate the screen

Sep 30, 2022, 4:05 AM | Updated: 5:14 am

(facebook Photo/The Woman King)...

(facebook Photo/The Woman King)

(facebook Photo/The Woman King)

PHOENIX — A team of female warriors protects an African kingdom in the 1800s and twin boys notice something different about their bandaged mother in two of September’s biggest movie releases. All from Gayle Bass on films released this month:

“The Woman King”: You can throw any kind of role at Oscar winner Viola Davis and she will do marvelously well. In “The Woman King,” she oozes charisma and power with or without weapons as Nanisca, the leader of the Agojie in the 19th century. Agojie warriors were an all-female group of Amazon Dahomey women warriors in Benin who took a vows of chastity to protect their kingdom and each other.

As depicted in the film, they even take in the conquered to their ranks along with women deemed unwanted or unlovable. The story opens, as most of these warrior films do, with political trouble. The African slave trade and rival kingdoms are Nanisca’s toughest challenges, besides being beholden to a king (John Boyega) whose views on the slave trade haven’t quite evolved as much. There is a heavy dose of political ambition, romance, secrets and palace intrigue to go along with the fight sequences because you have to have some of those in a film that purports to show women warriors.

And fight fiercely and talentedly they do. There are fewer fights and less blood than this viewer expected which earned the film it’s PG-13 rating. Even so, this tale of strong women did what it was supposed to do – it entertains.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

“Good Night Mommy”: In this remake of an Austrian horror film, you’ve got a woman in a mask, twins and lonely atmosphere surrounding a rural house and barn. These area all the hallmarks of something that’s supposed to be creepy and weird. Naomi Watts proves to be the anti-Carol Brady.

She’s a star who has had a little work done and doesn’t seem all that excited about getting a visit from the kids. Her sons (Cameron and Nicholas Crovetti) at first are excited to see mom, but things start making one believe all isn’t right in the state of mommy-hood. No mental heavy lifting is required for this this mystery for a rainy afternoon. Watch for the performances, not the mystery.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Movie News

Emma Stone poses in the Winners Room with the Leading Actress Award during the EE BAFTA Film Awards...

Associated Press

Scottsdale-raised Emma Stone wins BAFTA for ‘Poor Things’ while ‘Oppenheimer’ leads winners

Emma Stone was named best actress for playing the wild and spirited Bella Baxter in “Poor Things,” a steampunk-style visual extravaganza.

7 days ago

Emma Stone, with "Poor Things" director Yorgos Lanthimos, after winning a Critics Choice award for ...

Damon Allred

Scottsdale native Emma Stone nominated at Academy Awards for 4th time

Emma Stone earned her fourth Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her performance in "Poor Things," the academy announced Tuesday.

1 month ago

(Marvel Studios via AP)...

Gayle Bass

Movie reviews: Franchise moves on smoothly with ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’

"Black Panther: Wakanda Forever," has beautiful production design and world building, stellar costumes by Oscar-winner Ruth Carter and a watchable storyline that includes a tissue clutching homage to Chadwick Boseman.

1 year ago

AUSTIN, TEXAS - MARCH 13: (L-R) Presley Tucker, film subjects Tanya Tucker and Brandi Carlile, and ...

Gayle Bass

Movie reviews: Tanya Tucker still shines in a film about her return to the studio

"The Return of Tanya Tucker: Featuring Brandi Carlile" shares flashes of Tucker’s rise from teenage superstardom.

1 year ago

(Photo by Frédéric Soltan/Getty Images)...

SuElen Rivera

Dozens of Valley theaters celebrating National Cinema Day with $3 tickets

As part of the recently launched National Cinema Day, single-movie ticket prices at many Valley box offices will sell for $3 on Saturday.

2 years ago

This image released by Sony Pictures shows Daisy Edgar-Jones in a scene from "Where the Crawdads Si...

Gayle Bass

Movie reviews from some of summer 2022’s biggest films

Mrs. Harris wants to add a bit of couture to her closet, Marcel is the sweetest squatter you'll ever meet and a murder mystery in the marshes.

2 years ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinics: transforming health care in the valley

Midwestern University, long a fixture of comprehensive health care education in the West Valley, is also a recognized leader in community health care.

...

DISC Desert Institute for Spine Care

Sciatica pain is treatable but surgery may be required

Sciatica pain is one of the most common ailments a person can face, and if not taken seriously, it could become one of the most harmful.

...

Collins Comfort Masters

Avoid a potential emergency and get your home’s heating and furnace safety checked

With the weather getting colder throughout the Valley, the best time to make sure your heating is all up to date is now. 

Movie reviews: ‘The Woman King’ warriors dominate the screen