After the banner year that 2016 was for Nollywood, it is only fair that industry watchers and insiders begin to fret about the New Year. 2016 was the year Nollywood went to Toronto, the long awaited ’76 was finally released, the excellent Ebola response story 93 Days came in and the year of The Wedding Party. Where does the industry go from here? In terms of storytelling, in terms of ambition and in terms of scale.
Forward ever it seems, if the new costume drama, King Invincible is anything to go by. Directed by Femi Adisa who conceived the story as far back as 2003 but had to wait over ten years for the resources to realise his vision, King Invincible is a decent attempt at genre filmmaking, in this case, the period piece drama, or in Nollywood parlance, the "epic".
In a fictional kingdom somewhere in Yorubaland, a kingdom at war is rescued by a valiant palace slave, Taari (Tope Tedela). As a reward for his bravery, the dying king adopts him into the royal family and he is to wed his heartthrob, Princess Morenike (Omowunmi Dada). They are to live happily ever after.
Man has plans, but the gods, they have plans too and a troublesome prophecy in particular brings with it discord among some of the royals. Taari and Morenike succumb to a moment’s weakness and the newly minted Prince begins to manifest strange characteristics more wolf like than human. On a frantic search for an ...