So I had a chance to see ‘King of Boys’ over the weekend, and let me just say that Kemi Adetiba has done it again (she did the first ‘Wedding Party’ in case you’ve been living under a rock). These stats just speak for themselves, don’t they? Number one film in Nigeria, biggest opening week for a non-comedy Nollywood film, 2nd best opening week of a Nollywood film in 2018 and it’s also the 2nd best opening week by a Nigerian female director, do you want to guess who the first person was? Don’t worry I’ll tell you, it’s Kemi Adetiba.Stats aside, ‘King of Boys’ is a political thriller that follows Eniola Salami (Sola Sobowale), a shy little girl that manages to escape from her parents’ toxic marriage and domestic violence. Unfortunately, running away from home was not all she dreamed of, as she is molested and becomes a sex-worker before then finally becoming a ‘king maker’ and ruler of the Lagos underworld. Without a shadow of a doubt, Sola Sobowale definitely delivered an assertive and bold performance.The supporting cast was what I was unsure of before going into the movie, but by the time the credits rolled, it was almost as though Reminisce, Ill bliss and Toni Tones had been acting all their lives. Reminisce plays protagonist Makanaki- the leader of an armed-robbing syndicate .
Portrayed as the strong points of the movie, the themes of power, influence and karma were truly evident from start to finish. However, the movie falls short with its overly extensive runtime- some scenes could have been shortened to make the movie a bit more fast-paced.Despite these errors however, ‘King Of Boys’ is still the must see Nollywood movie of the year, and will go down as one of the best movies to come out of Nigeria. AMVCA anyone?