King of Boys: The Return Of The King. What a
The mini series was finally released on Netflix on the 27th of August after what seemed like ages.
Who else agrees this has been one of the most hyped Nollywood sequels? The teasers did very well to raise my interest and I’m sure everyone else’s expectations. Congratulations King of boys PR team, you guys did it!
Everyone was itching to finally discover why Laburu (Sola Sobowale) returned, how she was going to avenge her traitors and what new story would unfold for her.
Rarely does a Nollywood movie sequel get you as excited as this one did. The last time Nigerians had a similar reaction was when the second part of that ritual movie with the fine boy was released.
Yes, I’m talking about Living In Bondage.
And that one? Underwhelming with a capital U.
The first KOB movie was amazing. I fell in love with some of the characters and how beautifully they embodied their roles.
Big ups to Makanaki (Reminisce). His Yoruba, his pidgin, his violence? Inject it! He concretized the villainy in the most sexy agbero way he possibly could.
The characters had such a beautiful cohesion with the plot that everything appeared seamless.
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Now, King of Boys: The Return of The King really went the whole way. The thriller series was a whole 7 episodes.
In truth, some conversations tarried too long, it seemed like the creators wanted us to sleep there but I really only liked the scenes were Eniola Salami was present in, scenes without her? Fast forward.
The power tussle between her and Jumoke Randle (Nse Ekpe Etim), the first lady was everything.
Jumoke Randle must have thought she was a badder bitch than Eniola because the audacity was astounding.
It was thrilling to see how Eniola annihilated her every time.
Delving into the Nigerian politics proper with Eniola Salami’s intention to run for the gubernatorial elections was an interesting ingredient that made the movie all the more delicious.
I was very glad to see that Kemi (Adesuwa Etomi-Wellington) and her brother Kitan (Ademola Adedoyin) remained dead. For some reason, Nollywood is obsessed with bringing dead people back to the land of the living.
The grief we saw Eniola portray in the movie was raw. Although, Makanaki also resurrected, his character was way too important to die for real.
He eventually rose to be Eniola’s trusted sidekick as the new king at the round table, while she ruled as the new governor.
Befitting, if you ask me.
We watched as the internal conflict she battled with persevered in the form of her younger self (Toni Tones), her good, her evil and the contemplation to turn a new leaf as Reverend Ifeanyi (Richard Mofe-Damijo) persistently insisted, drove her almost mad.
The movie orbited around shame, distrust, betrayal and revenge. Her obvious distrust stemmed from past betrayals from her past allies and patrons which surprise surprise, reared its ugly head again when Aare Akinwade (Akin Lewis) also plotted with her rival Jumoke to attack her and implode on her success .
Odudubariba (Charlie Boy) also refused to back down as the new king and appeared to adamantly demand that a whole Eniola, King of Boys kiss his ring and swear her allegiance to him.
Everyone somehow wanted her head.
In all, the short thriller was an edge-of-the-seat, political and funny drama.
In my opinion, it lived up to the hype. Well worth the wait.
Elements such as the cultural languages spoken, the costume and makeup, the color scheme, camera angles and even Charlie boy’s gele was pleasurable and commendable.