King invincible is a movie produced and directed by Femi Adisa. The movie features a crop of young Nollywood actors such as Gabriel Afolayan, Tope Tedela and Omowunmi Dada, Bimbo Manuel, Peter Fatomilola, Jude Chukwuka. The movie is set in a medieval Yoruba Kingdom.
The movie which is set in a medieval Yoruba kingdom tells the tale of a young warlord Taari (Tope Tedela) who is adopted as a prince by the King and engaged to be married to Princess Morenike (Omowunmi Dada). Taari sins against the gods, Oba Airi, and finds himself fast transitioning into a wolf due to the curse of the dogs that has been placed on him by the gods. He must immediately find the cure to this curse or fully transition into a wolf.
As he sets out to find a cure, he discovers that the prince of the village, his in-law to be and his friend, Adetiba (Gabriel Afolayan), will stop at nothing to prevent him from getting the cure he desperately needs.
Ok let’s stop here so we don’t give out all that happens in the movie. So I am going to give a Sandwich approach to this review, basically I am going to start out nice, then rip out the jugular of the producer and then put it back so they don’t die of heart attack .
First off Femi Adisa gets a thumbs up for moving away from the usual Nollywood stories based only on either love or witchcraft. Though this movie is of the fantasy/horror genre, it moves beyond the usual Nigerian voodoo and take stories viewers on a journey on the lives of the main characters. Femi’s movie has a religious undertone which addresses faith, fate, chastity, greed and the supernatural. However the skills of Paul Gaius on the screenplay and Adisa’s production makes the movie not go into a preachy over religious movie therefore making it garner a wider audience.
The cast is a blend of young actors and veterans of Nollywood. Though most of the main actors are naturally talented actors who have graced our screen a couple of times, the concept of the movie draws out more from them and makes them believable in their delivery even though there are a lot of cliché lines and moments in the movie.
Now let’s get down to some of the things that are a letdown in the movie. First of, the movie tends not to engage its audience in some scenes. Audiences might veer off at times as it becomes dreary midway. Though the movie is an epic movie, it fails to draw audiences into a time capsule as the movie is marred with a shrunken set and unimpressive supporting acts. The movie had the potential to do more however did not do so.
The creators of this movie also made a terrible mistake of trying to copy a foreign folklore as opposed to going to our African roots. Taari, the adopted prince was cursed to become a Werewolf because of his illicit affair with the princess. Why a Werewolf though? Did our African ancestors know what a Wolf was? No, because the African continent has not one single wolf. Let’s not forget the creators set the movie to be in the medieval period so I am sure there was no Wikipedia showing them what a Wolf looks like. The creators should have gone for a creature more African. I am sure if we dig into our myths we would have found something amazing. The idea of a Werewolf defeats the African theme around the movie.
Another part of the movie that failed was the costume of the actors. Though Costumier Obijie Oru an AMVCA winner, did an average job in making Taari’s transformation to a Wolf a tad bit believable. I can’t help but notice some tiny details which the seasoned costumier overlooked. Now we know this is fiction, however since it is tied to the Yoruba nation there should be a more realistic approach to the costumes. For example
The men in the movie were wearing trousers that are too fitted for people who are supposed to have lived in the Middle Ages. We know we want them to look cute but bruh!!!. Also I spotted a lady in a scene with an Ankara wrapper tied around her chest. Can someone tell me how Yoruba people in the Middle Ages had the machinery to make Ankara prints? Not Adire o!!! Ankara.
Can someone also tell costumiers that the use of ‘Buba’ by Yoruba women is fairly modern? Ancient Yoruba women like their Edo counterparts wore only wrapper around their chest with beads on their neck as well as having an ‘Ipele’ around their shoulder. However unlike the popular use of the velvet material by Edo women, the Yoruba women fancied ‘Aso-Oke’ and Dyed Cotton aka ‘Adire’.
There is also this drunk dude who is just a nuisance to the movie as he really does not do or say anything in particular and eventually fails to push the story forward. Finally why did the elixir have to be in a glass jar? Is this Harry porter or an African Movie? The elixir should have been placed in a gourd. That would have made things more believable as our Yoruba ancestors never used glass to store anything because they did not know what a freaking glass was.
Well it’s not all gloom. Femi Adisa did a good job at pushing the boundaries and moving away from the usual Nollywood narrative considering the fact that this is his directorial debut. The movie does a good job with its beautifully choreographed fight scenes. The actors did justice with these scenes and made it look believable creating a beautiful visual experience whenever there was a fight. Also the picture quality is quite palatable and it further shows that the creators set out to make audiences have a pleasant experience.
Though the movie has some flaws, it’s still worth viewer’s time because it offers exciting moments, engaging scenes and beautiful visuals. Catch you later!!!