Elesin Oba: The King's Horseman (2022): Movie Review

Elesin Oba: The King's Horseman (2022): Movie Review

Plot: Inspired by true life events, in the Oyo Empire in the 1940s, Elesin Oba, the king's chief horseman, succumbs to the lure of beauty and sexual desire on the very evening he is set to die in order to fulfill his lifelong debt of ritual suicide to accompany the dead Alaafin to the realm of the ancestors, he derails from a very important generational and spiritual transaction. This sets in motion a series of catastrophic consequences, in a spell-binding film of emotions, humor, and tragic role reversals that puts ancient beliefs and customs on trial in an ever-increasingly post-modern and Western world.

Review: The historical play, which is based on real-life events, was directed by the late Biyi Bandele and portrays the tale of Elesin, the king's horseman.

The film is based on the true story of a King's horseman played by Odunlade Adekola, who, by custom, must give his life to secure the deceased King's safe journey to the hereafter.

Elesin Oba's sexual adventures lead to his demise since they prevent him from carrying out his usual responsibilities, which is disastrous for the local populace.

NOTE: The film examines the cultural conflict between English and Nigerians on ritual respect.

FLOPS: One of the movie's flaws is how the white people interacted with the local people without an interpreter, and the cast's acting isn't very outstanding other than Shaffy Bello, who does a good job as Iya Oloja.


Rating: 6/10

Release date: Nov 4, 2022 (Nigeria)

Genre: Adventure, Drama, History

Language:  Yoruba, English 

Stars: Odunlade Adekola, Shaffy Bello, Olawale-Brymo Olofooro, Deyemi Okanlawon, Omowunmi Dada, Jide Kosoko, Mark Elderkin, Kevin Ushi, Joke Silva, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett

Director: Biyi Bandele

Writer: Biyi Bandele


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