Trailers Spotlight: THE WOMAN KING + AMSTERDAM

We’re still in the thick of Summer but today we’ve got a taste of Fall movies coming our way. I’ve been anticipating The Woman King for some time, but this is the first time I’ve heard of Amsterdam… both trailers dropped within hours of each other.

Ladies first of course, so make way for…

THE WOMAN KING

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The Woman King is the remarkable story of the Agojie, the all-female unit of warriors who protected the African Kingdom of Dahomey in the 1800s with skills and a fierceness unlike anything the world has ever seen. Inspired by true events, The Woman King follows the emotionally epic journey of General Nanisca (Oscar®-winner Viola Davis) as she trains the next generation of recruits and readies them for battle against an enemy determined to destroy their way of life. Some things are worth fighting for…

Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood who also co-wrote the screenplay with Dana Stevens, the trailer looks fierce! It gives me the vibes of Black Panther and Braveheart, the visuals look appropriately epic, fiery, intense as well as emotional. I teared up just watching the trailer, I definitely will pack tissues when I see this on the big screen. Naturally a film about an all-female army would have plenty of strong women in front AND behind the camera.

Viola Davis reigns supreme as a warrior general… she has been such a force in so many roles, good to see a leading role that looks absolutely worthy of her talent. Great to see Lashana Lynch here who didn’t get nearly enough screen time in the Bond movie, she too deserves a meatier role to show her chops. The rest of the cast includes John Boyega, Thuso Mbedu, Sheila Atim, and Hero Fiennes Tiffin. Actress Maria Bello is also credited as producer.

Can’t wait to see this in theaters on September 16!!


AMSTERDAM

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This is the kind of movie to watch just for the cast. I mean, just LOOK AT ALL THE NAMES in the poster!! When I watched the trailer, I could barely pay attention to the story thanks to the star-studded ensemble.

Set in the ’30s, it follows three friends who witness a murder, become suspects themselves, and uncover one of the most outrageous plots in American history. The movie is written and directed by David O. Russell, his first in seven years since he did JOY with Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro.

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Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, and John David Washington are the lead trio… plus a bevy of who’s who in Hollywood: Chris Rock, Anya Taylor-Joy, Rami Malek, Andrea Riseborough, Robert De Niro, Zoe Saldaña, Mike Myers, Michael Shannon, Timothy Olyphant, Taylor Swift, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Alessandra Nivola. Woo wee!! The casting agents are certainly working overtime but boy, how fun it must be to put together such an eclectic cast. Interesting to see Mike Myers’ name whom I haven’t seen in ages! O. Russell often cast the same actors he’s worked with previously. He’s worked with Bale in The Fighter and American Hustle and it’s the fourth time he’s worked with De Niro. Apparently, Michael B. Jordan was originally cast in JD Washington’s role.

The vibe of the thriller comedy reminds me a bit of Knives Out and I’m now watching season 2 of Only Murders In The Building. The title card says ‘A lot of this actually happened’ which involves a certain shocking secret in American history. I’m not seeing the Netherlands capital as one of the filming locations though, so I’m not sure what the title is referring to. I quite like murder mystery flicks and this one looks like like fun, I just hope I can keep up with the plot and not be too distracted by the star-studded cast!

The movie is set to be released on November 4, 2022.


What did you think of these trailers?

9 thoughts on “Trailers Spotlight: THE WOMAN KING + AMSTERDAM

  1. I’m so with you on THE WOMAN KING. Anything Viola does intrigues me supremely, and I agree with you about Lashana Lynch. Less so with AMSTERDAM as David O. Russell has worn out his welcome with me. Maybe for the cast I’ll stream later on. Thanks, Ruth.

    1. Hi Michael! Viola IS the WOMAN KING… she is so regal and fierce. I love Lashana who’s so charismatic, I love her in Bond but wish she had a bigger part.

      I’m not fond of O. Russell as a person, he seems like a jerk in real life. The cast is irresistible though. I wonder how he can get SO many actors to work with him.

  2. I have yet to see the trailer for The Woman King (I’m watching a video podcast right now) but I did see the trailer for Amsterdam and that looks awesome.

    1. Did you see The Woman King trailer I posted? It’s so epic! The cast for Amsterdam is crazy, O. Russell is like Woody Allen, somehow he can get so many good actors to work w/ him despite his not-so-nice reputation.

      1. I saw it yesterday and… OH HELL YEAH!!!! I wouldn’t compare Russell to Allen mainly because Russell is an asshole but a talented asshole. Woody is just an odd eccentric who might be making his last film.

        1. Yeah good point. I’m still very curious to see this one while I have no desire to see any more Woody Allen movies, even my fave Midnight In Paris isn’t as enjoyable when I think about who directed it.

  3. This is the first time I’ve hearing about The Woman King, it does look interesting and I’m a fan of Viola Davis. Just like Gene Hackman, every time she’s on the screen, it’s memorable.

    I didn’t know that David O. Russell actually finished Amsterdam, with his career in question, I didn’t think the film was going to get made. I’m not the biggest fan of his either but the film does look fun.

    1. Yes indeed, Queen Viola has an amazing screen presence, plus she’s just so massively talented!!

      I’m surprised there are SO MANY A-listers on this movie given his problematic work ethic, but then again his movies usually get awards and for the actors as well.

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