Episode 50

The Woman King (2022)


July 31st, 2023

2 hrs 26 secs

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About this Episode

First conceived in 2015 and released in 2022, The Woman King had a long, turbulent road to the box office. An historical action epic starring and driven by a cast of black women, it was a tough sell to studios until the overwhelming success of Black Panther proved beyond a doubt that there was not only an audience for films with this kind of representation, but a hungry market as well.  

The green light and positive reviews did not keep controversy and criticism from creeping into the conversation from every corner of the internet though, and we discuss those arguments at length. This film tries very hard to ethically blend history, high drama, and gripping action, into a compelling and inspirational narrative that also does right by the culture it is representing. The results of those efforts are varied on all fronts.  

Our hosts all had different thoughts on this one and our discussion ranges across myriad topics and more than a couple tangents, but one thing we can all agree on is that The Woman King is one of the most thoroughly researched but ambiguously filmed “based on real history” films we have had the chance to discuss thus far.

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