You know when I first heard about King of Boys and saw the hype train of Nigerians flocking behind it, I honestly lost interest before seeing the film. I ended up seeing the film out of a sense of duty as a critic. Boy, was I shook! when I came out of the theatre wondering if I had just seen a Nollywood film. Now I don’t mean we don’t make great films, we have a few…but King of Boys seemed like that well-researched project that earns extra points for being super amazing. My buzz review of King of Boys is a brilliant testimony of the King behind the King; Kemi Adetiba herself.
King of Boys had three major highlights for me. The first was it’s characters. I have honestly never seen a Nollywood film with such a brilliant character profile. This is something I dare to say that Kemi Adetiba had sleepless nights putting together. Each main character had a certain level of complexity to them. Their personas were not just human, they were real and African.
Such originality would have taken months, if not years to accomplish. Over the course of the film my major character highlights were; Alhaja Eniola Salami (the King herself played by Sola Sobowale) and Makanaki (Played by Reminisce). These two established a very difficult chemistry with extreme passion.
Both performances were outstanding. Their ability to apply the script to the uniqueness of each of their characters is Oscar-worthy. If you paid close attention to both actors during the film, you would have noticed many subtle elements of their performances that was all about improvisation. These were things that could never have been in the script. I am talking about Sola’s quivering lips, I am talking about Remi’s subtle manic smirks.
The fact that a lot of people came out of the theatre thinking that King of Boys had a protagonist, is enough evidence that Kemi found a brilliant way to expose a popular flaw in our society today. In short, King of Boys was a film about villains that referenced what it would take to break the few people with moral compasses in the world today. I decided early on that I would point this out in my buzz review of King of Boys.
There are three phases to a good traditional villain; the villain’s rise, the villain’s peak and the villain’s fall. Toni Tones and Sola Sobowale’s Eniola in King of Boys simultaneously depicted her rise (in flashbacks) and her fall (in present day). However, I found myself in love with Sola Sobowale’s Eniola because she was more complex. This “Eniola” was stripped of the power, her “high and mighty” shroud was gradually yanked away, to reveal that it a was mere human wearing the crown.
Sola’s Eniola played the victim, easily winning over the hearts of the audience, showing how we all would easily side with the lesser evil.
Reminiscence’s Makanaki on the other hand, had the burden of taking on the persona of the greater evil, allowing the audience find some sympathy for Eniola’s ruthlessness. He put up a brilliant performance in more ways than one, he was the bad guy with a motive.
The script required his character to literally become the devil. Reminiscence’s Makanaki took villainy to new heights with such an epic performance. I could almost say that Kemi was inspired by Michael B. Jordan’s Erik Killmonger when she conceived his character.
Reminisence’s ability to put forward a performance that could easily rival that of Sola’s Eniola was absolutely outstanding. He made the role his own and was ready to take it all…blood and crown.
Meanwhile, Adesua Etomi’s Kemi Salami and Paul Salami’s Nurudeen Gobir are also commendable acts, these two characters gave the plot its depth and emotional relevance. Other cast members like IllBliss, Osas Ighodaro Ajibade, Paul Sambo, Jide Kosoko, Ademola Adedoyin, Sharon Ooja and Akin Lewis shared the right amount of chemistry, making it all more interesting to watch. The only issue my buzz review of King of Boys can point out with the film was its insufficient screen time for other characters and time management in general. A few interesting characters didn’t get as much screen time to establish themselves even with the run time of 2 hrs 49 mins but asides that, it was amazing.
The second highlight was the film’s plot, it had a brilliant flow. There was an incredible amount of work put into the film as it juggled the plot between the past and the present. All this was done while telling a linear story, like pieces of a puzzle fitting together to form the big picture.
The film’s plot had a whole lot of relevance and representation, ensuring that each scene was delivered with every right detail. Kemi ensured that the plot struck the right balance of realism and heart. It was mysterious, unpredictable, shaking tables in all the right places.
The final highlight itself is the genius behind it all; Kemi Adetiba. One thing is certain, Kemi had her fingerprints all over the film (And it’s not just because she was the director…trust me I know). As a director, she has consistently evolved the Nigerian cinematic space with her storytelling originality.
Kemi is a blessing to Nollywood and King of Boys is a pacesetter for all future Nollywood films. She has consistently proved her ability to disrupt the film industry. First with The Wedding Party and now with King of Boys.
I cannot wait to see what other babies her brilliant mind conceives in the future. As for the verdict of my Buzz Review of King of Boys…IT IS A MASTERPIECE!…Period!…lol.
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Buzzers Consensus:(5 / 5)
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Official Synopsis of King of Boys:
King of Boys follows the story of Alhaja Eniola Salami, a businesswoman and philanthropist with a checkered past and a promising political future. She is a pillar of society — loved by many, feared by most, and truly known by a select few. As her political ambitions see her outgrowing the underworld connections responsible for her considerable wealth, she’s drawn into a power struggle that threatens everything she holds dear. To come out of this on top, she will need every ounce of the cunning, ruthlessness, and strategy that took her to the top, as well as the loyalty of those closest to her. But who can she really trust?
Official Trailer of King of Boys: