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Elesin Oba: The King's Horseman

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Nigerian culture battles British disdain; suicide, sex.

Movie NR 2022 96 minutes
Elesin Oba: The King's Horseman Movie

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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Film shows devotion to duty and HONOUR. Too bad my country has none of these. So I'm sad

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The trouble with Elesin Oba: The King's Horseman is that its trajectory is clear from the start and lots of repetitive filler doesn't make that any less of a fatal flaw. Perhaps the subtitles aren't well translated but there is every indication that the villagers are happy about Elesin enjoying a virgin before taking his leave, so it's inexplicable when they suddenly all blame the man for not committing suicide after he's been taken into British custody. No one warned earlier in the day, "Are you sure you'll have time to kill yourself? Maybe skip the virgin part of the evening and go straight to the death part?" Apart from that major oopsie, the movie is a tedious explain-a-thon, a litany of long and repetitive political and cultural arguments.

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