Pulse Movie Review Riveting fight scenes and stirring performances make "King Invincible" enjoyable

The movie scores points with its beautifully choreographed fight scenes. It is well-made, and the actors deliver those scenes with so much ease.

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In 2003, Femi Adisa's "King Invincible" was conceived and in 2017, it became a reality, premiering in cinemas nationwide.

The movie which tells the story of war and love stars  Omowunmi Dada, Segun Dada, Tope Tedela, Gabriel Afolayan, Bimbo Manuel, Peter Fatomilola, Jude Chukwuka among others.

"King Invincible" is a Nigerian epic film that tells a sprawling tale of love and war. A handsome warlord and slave, Taari (Tope Tedela), is adopted as a prince by the king and engaged to be married to Princess Morenike (Omuwunmi 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.

During his journey to find the cure, Taari meets a warrior who lives in the forest with his elderly father. They take him in and work towards helping him find a cure.

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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.

There are prophesies from Oba Airi, prophecies which trigger series of events that shape the epic movie.

Adisa is ambitious with "King Invincible" which isn't just another sword and forest movie. He uses an indirect method to make a religious movie which addresses faith, fate, prophecy, chastity, greed, destiny and the existence of a supernatural being.

While Adisa uncovers a fascinating era with the epic movie, he does not completely do justice to the movie which has everything it needs to be more, but, for some reason, "King Invincible" isn't that bold and overwhelming movie.

King Invincible Movie Premiere play Femi Adisa at "King Invincible" premiere

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At some scenes, the story fails to engage as it dawdles. You drift off at times, waiting for something to happen. There are scenes with unnecessary dramatics and lots of repetition — you’ll likely tire of the amount of screen time given to the drunkard. You could figure his importance to the story by the amount of time he appears on the screen. The problem, however, is the fact that he appears saying nothing in particular, and failing to push the story forward.

For a character that plays a major role in the story's resolution, the writer fails to develop him. No in-depth explanation is offered as regards his motive or hatred towards Taari.  The explanation offered is flimsy.

There's a norm of using illiterates, poor people from the village, geeks and albinos for comic relief in a movie, and "King Invincible" is no exception. However, by portraying its supposed comic relief (an albino) as a demented individual, the movie fails to achieve its intent - he is an albino, not an unstable individual.

Its ending is sudden and unexpected. While some would find it laughable, some would find it to be brilliant, and some others would consider it flat - the viewers are left to decide.

 

However, riveting fight scenes and stirring performances from some of the cast make "King Invincible" enjoyable. Gabriel Afolayan is a driven and spirited actor and there isn’t a scene in "King Invincible" that he doesn't show off his peculiar intensity.

It is no news that Tedela's skill at handling action sequences is thrilling. In "King Invincible," he possesses a gravity and charisma demanded by his role and comfortably portrays a warlord in love, a slave, a desperate individual and everything demanded from his as Taari.

Omowunmi Dada, Segun Dada, Bimbo Manuel, Peter Fatomilola and Jude Chukwuka do a good job of interpreting their roles and pushing the story forward.

Even in the most cliché scenarios, it is obvious that Afolayan, Dada and Tedela were cast in a role created exactly for them. They deliver their roles perfectly, with unalloyed delight.

Tope Tedela and Gabriel Afolayan on set of new movie play

Tope Tedela and Gabriel Afolayan on set of new movie

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The movie scores points with its beautifully choreographed fight scenes. It is well-made, and the actors deliver those scenes with so much ease, creating a realistic and exciting visual beauty.

Obijie Oru who won the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Best Costumer Designer award for her work on "October 1," shows off her talent in "King Invincible," a work which has earned her a Best Costume Designer at the 2017 AMVCA. With transformative properties of makeup, Oru presents several believable characters and scenarios.

At the end of the day, "King Invisible" is a movie with a beautiful story, which could have been more grounded and better developed.

Despite its flaws, the movie which is Adisa's first outing as a director, offers exciting moments, engaging scenes, beautiful visuals worth your time.

"King Invincible" is showing in cinemas nationwide.

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