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King Of Boys: The Return of the King, A Labelled Fiction Yet Crystal Clear

Reviewed By- Grace Ihuoma Nwaobilor
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” All characters and events depicted in this series are fictitious, any resemblance…” Movies which begin their race with a note of denegation are incisive (judgment based on the ones I’ve watched). ‘King of Boys: The Return of the King’, personifies this.

One moment I’m dancing to its rhythm as a face-valued entertaining film, but the next and even more recurrently, I wish I could fall hook, line, and sinker for the disclaimer but Nah. ‘King of Boys: The Return of the King’ is too accurate for mere fiction, especially in its vivid reflection of the political monkey business (Nigeria as a case study). However, like the amiable director, Kemi Adetiba, I’d like to plead the fifth on name callings but I’m certain you’ll get the gist as you read through my review of the film.

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The amiable director, Kemi Adetiba

Need I mention that King of Boys 1, released in 2018, left me too emotional but watching the season, I consider it wasted emotions because the season is the ideal crackerjack. I didn’t even expect it’ll be continued as a series, yeah… thumbs up to Kemi Adetiba! I don’t know how she did it but I was on my toes throughout watching.

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Before I delve into the eye-openers, let me appreciate the movie’s use of biblical allusions. The first and only appearance of Makanaki to Odoguwu Malay is a nostalgic reference for the resurrection of Jesus in his appearance to Thomas. I couldn’t help but think of the resurrection story as Makanaki refers to Odogwu as ‘doubting Thomas’ and shortly after, tells him to touch his scar.

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Another symbolic scene almost immediately somewhat in tandem with the bible is the presentation of Odogwu’s body guard’s head on a tray. For some reason, I found it a mimic of the death of John the Baptist only that in this context, the head was not a promise to anyone’s heir but a promise borne out of bitter revenge. 

 

 

Now The Eye-openers…

There’s much to see and feel while watching ‘King of Boys: The Return of the King’.  From dirty politics to the complexity of the human mind, and even love being thematically represented…the movie is a carrier of diversified and discerning warmth. 

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Power is A Combination: The role of the main character Eniola Salami, made me understand that power is not a stand-alone possession but a combination of being intelligent, smart, and a mystical aura obtained from a myriad of experiences. The yardstick to qualify a person as ‘Powerful’, should not be based on the fact that they occupy a position of power. Eniola Salami has it all. An omini knowest go-getter lol, one moment you think that she’s being played, the next moment, she switches up and we see a different king of boys in action.

Eniola Salami's role in King of Boys 2

Materialism Is Not the Only Answer to Gaining Loyalty: Although rare, but loyalty is not dead! If loyalty was a person, then it would be Ade Tiger. Not until the big twist, I thought he would betray the oba (Eniola). His role in the movie makes me believe in loyalty, it makes me believe that there are actually people who can take a bullet for me literally but something gotta give and it’s not always materialistic. Eniola’s passion and promised assurance were all he needed to ride and die with her. To add, Ade Tiger is such a fineeee man and the whole thug life suits his persona perfectly.

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Permanent Enemies or Friends Do Not Exist: Like every man has a price, reconciliation is inevitable. Who would have thought of that twist? Ehn? Makanaki and the oba (Eniola), burying the hatchet? Whew! well, when it involves politics, there are no permanent allies and no permanent foes, everyone is led on by a mutual interest, which is power. 

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Church and Politics: Yeah, I agree that every unit in the society harbors a stench of politics but you see, the church is the main culprit. The character,  Reverend Ifeanyi, is symbolic of the whispered church sins we see in society. From meddling with politicians for money to stylishly endorsing them to their congregation to secure votes and even down to church leaders owning a dirty closet that’s a far cry away from church doctrines. The holier than thou Reverend Ifeanyi’s character exposes it all.

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A Thin Line Between Passion and Foolhardy: Passion for one’s job is good. Hard work is great. But do not lose yourself, your family, and everything you love while pursuing your career.  Dapo learns this the hard way. He loses his family, career and worse still, he had a dent in his name and image. Not agreeing that what his boss did was right, but not knowing when to stop is foolish. Dapo in my opinion, should have not dug further into the story, accepting defeat does not mean a lack of courage, after all, it’s said that he who runs away lives to fight another day.

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Strength Can be a Facade: The First Lady, Jumoke Randle is intriguing. Her poise and confidence are felt throughout the film but we later see that it weakens at the sight of greater power, her mother-in-law. As much as I could perceive her strong will to do anything for her husband and family’s interest, her character succeeds in passing a message of how someone can appear so confident yet still seeks validation.

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Kemi Adetiba and the entire cast and crew, made me fall swiftly for ‘King of Boys: The Return of the King’. I totally enjoyed every bit of the film both in an entertaining sense and on a deeper level. What do you think of the movie, especially the lessons you learned from watching it? Do you want a continuation? In my opinion, this is as good as a closed chapter, subsequent seasons might jinx it lol, not doubting Kemi’s talent to do a good job the umpteenth time though. A friend of mine holds the opinion that Boxer’s case was a setup and if there would be a continuation, Ade Tiger might betray Eniola Salami. What are your thoughts on this? And yeah other reservations you have about the film. Kindly leave your comments 😁👇

 

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muttering minds
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23 days ago

Long time no movie review 😁. I trust you’ll enjoy this one. King of Boys: The Return of the King, has been the talk of the streets since last week. How about we make it the talk on Muttering Street this week 😊? Sounds exciting, yeah 😀. 

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Zhee
Zhee
23 days ago

Yassss😁 I love this sooooooo much.
Everything bout is is sooooooo accurate.
Tiger’s loyalty gives me goosebumps too, a friend of mine thinks Boxer was also set up too and Tiger will betray Oba… Buh, I choose not to believe so. Tiger’s loyalty is everything for me.
I also loved the part Makanaki reappeared to Odogwu😂 I legit felt as though I was watching the resurrection story😂
Nice review
Thumbs up

muttering minds
Admin
23 days ago
Reply to  Zhee

😄😄 glad you love it! That appearance was quite a scene, I loved it entirely. Maybe we should anticipate a betrayal from Tiger, so that if it eventually happens in the next season, our hearts will do odeshi 🤣🤣🤣.

Thank you for reading!!

Ese
Ese
23 days ago

‘Can your movie ever?’ That’s what Kemi Adetiba should be saying to other directors because this one choke o🤣🤣. I love love love it! And this review too. Lemme not lie, I watched for pure entertainment but reading this it makes even more sense how you broke it down. Plix o, you people should leave Ade Tiger for me, man’s so hottttt, I wanna lick him🥺🥺. You didn’t mention Deyemi Okalanwo’s character, I have forgotten his name in the movie but he played as Eniola’s campaign manager. See ehn, I was disgusted most of the time watching him. Don’t get… Read more »

muttering minds
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23 days ago
Reply to  Ese

You are too excited o🤣🤣🤣. Oh yeah yeah Mr Fasina 🤣🤣🤣🤣, I don’t pray to have a colleague like that o. Imagine working with someone like that who teeths at the sound of everything your boss says?🤣🤣 I love how he respects and fears Eniola though, he acted the part so well. Mehn even me too, I felt like slapping Jumoke for not speaking up. On a second thought, no one would have believed her. Her past life of being a prostitute already created a biased opinion about her, especially to her husband’s family. The marriage feels like contract marriage,… Read more »

Ese
Ese
23 days ago

Poor Jummy baby😌, she should have ‘soro soke’ in Toni Tones voice. If there will be season 2, her script will be controlling things in Ajaa. Aka Queen of Girls in Ajaa😂😂

muttering minds
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23 days ago
Reply to  Ese

😭😭😭 Dead! But you never know o, I anticipate her next story line will be very interesting.

Iwasanmi niyi
Iwasanmi niyi
23 days ago

First I must say, I love this review, the use of words fits just enough to encapsulate every gad damn beatitudes of the movie.
Tbh I may never recover early from the thrills KOB2 gave me. 💐 to kemi Adetiba, I see her do great and greater things.

muttering minds
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23 days ago
Reply to  Iwasanmi niyi

Thank you for reading Niyi! O yes! Kemi deserves all the flowers and good things. More big moves to come from her, I’m sure 😁

aglassofJULES
aglassofJULES
23 days ago

For the love of mutteringminds.com, I just came here to type I see y’all with my eyes bloodshot, cos I’m definitely not reading this review till I’m done seeing this movie of which I currently am seeing.

So keep your spoilers sorry 🤭 comments coming in, cos I have a strong feeling I’ll enjoy every read when I return.

Till then, peace be unto this house🙏🏽

muttering minds
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23 days ago
Reply to  aglassofJULES

😂😂😂😂 okayyyyyy!! We shall wait!! But you people have trust issues o, read now haba!! 😂😂

dosbambi
dosbambi
23 days ago

Like always, nice review Uju… I’ve not seen the movie yet, as I’ve not subscribed to my Netflix yet. However, I don’t believe in spoilers like most people, infact, the more I read about reviews, watch trailers and hear people talk about a movie, the more I want to watch it. I’ve watched many interviews of some of the crew members on YouTube, and the momentum has been building up, with this your review now…the “building don tall gidigan ni”. Truth is, I’m scared of subscribing to my Netflix for the sake of data and distraction, I watch movies a… Read more »

muttering minds
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23 days ago
Reply to  dosbambi

Comot body joor😂😂😂! It’s worth watching, trust me. Dos Dos, your personality amazes me with every comment you make here😁. Ah ah! Niceee to see you don’t mind spoilers, some Mutterers have openly told me they won’t be reading because of spoilers 😭😭. No wam sha😭.

Can’t wait for you to watch. Chai and there was a N1200 Netflix promo cause of the movie o. I don’t know if it’s still on.

dosbambi
dosbambi
23 days ago

Hmmmm, my personality amazes you? Wow, should I be happy or be concern???

I beg, give me the details about the promo jare.

muttering minds
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23 days ago
Reply to  dosbambi

😂😂😂 it’s not something bad to amaze someone now. I will see if the promo is still on and communicate it via the Telegram Channel.

dosbambi
dosbambi
23 days ago

Haha! Some times…amazement can be in the negative o…

But good to know, it’s on the positive…maybe we will get to meet some day, can’t wait to put a face to the name.

Thanks, been looking forward to the link on telegram.

muttering minds
Admin
23 days ago
Reply to  dosbambi

A girl has no face 🤭. Alright then

dosbambi
dosbambi
23 days ago

This your reply really made me laugh…

But come of it Uju…a boy gat to put a face to the name.

muttering minds
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23 days ago
Reply to  dosbambi

😂😂😂 let your imaginations do justice.

dosbambi
dosbambi
23 days ago

Uju, no run me like that… I’m a photographer and a poet already na, allow my imagination to rest, biko.

muttering minds
Admin
23 days ago
Reply to  dosbambi

😂😂😂 no it shouldn’t rest. How do you expect to keep creating nau🤭

dosbambi
dosbambi
23 days ago

Well, my imagination get sharpen when I see people, things and experience situation.

Now imagine how sharpen my imagination will be when I see your face…you that is an “agba awo” is this writing skillz. 😉😎☺

muttering minds
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23 days ago
Reply to  dosbambi

🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️ off to your studio

Obie
Obie
23 days ago

This is an interesting read & and a non conventional one. Interesting references,some food for thought. I’m loving that KOB is getting all of this recognition. Glad Ade is also getting the recognising he deserves. What I find most fascinating about the movie is the attention to details. Soundtrack is a fit, facial expression, lighting, custom & acting is a total perfection. Arguably the most interesting Nollywood I have seen.

muttering minds
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23 days ago
Reply to  Obie

A well deserved recognition I must say. I am certain Ade Tiger will get major gigs because of his role but I hope Nollywood does not monopolise him into playing only body guard roles. I want to see him play romantic scenes 🤭, as well as other roles.

Yeah right! All the elements infused are perfect! Makes it a great film.

Here
Here
23 days ago

Nice review. I agree with most of the parallels you drew. Also worthy of note is the lengths we often go through as individuals to erase labels that society has bestowed on us as demonstrated by Eniola’s attempt to cleanse herself from the death of her children.

Of course there will be a continuation. You remember when the Babalawo told makanaki that he must not have any biological child? The post credit showed a sneak peek of the alpha female from makanaki’s gang rubbing her baby bump.

muttering minds
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23 days ago
Reply to  Here

You’re on point! Eniola tries to erase her past, she wishes everything played out differently for her kids. Check out that scene of her flogging herself, damn!! It was epic!! As much as she wears so much toughness, she wants to be a good guy so badly. To be redeemed or remain a black sheep? It will be much easier for her to stick to the bad side because repentance for a person of her calibre will be hard to believe. In reality, some people go through this also. I know of someone who has made up his mind to… Read more »

Nkechi
Nkechi
23 days ago

I haven’t watched this but there’s been such a buzz about it online and this article has helped fuel the already growing flames within me looool,I need to look up this movie for myself finally sha.

muttering minds
Admin
23 days ago
Reply to  Nkechi

You should 😁. Meanwhile, thank God you’re not accusing us of spoilers 🤭

dosbambi
dosbambi
23 days ago

No be everybody sabi spoiler 😉

Odogwu Stan🙌
Odogwu Stan🙌
23 days ago

I am not ibo but KOB made me love the language.  Odogwu Malay and his boys were making me happy throughout. I also loved that the kids could speak ibo. To add to your review, let’s applaud the mixture of characters from Odoguwu Malay. Bad man outside the house but a good father to his kids. That’s how it should be. But omo, his whole family just wasted like that 😭, that’s the repercussion for going streets sha

muttering minds
Admin
23 days ago

Mehn I second your omoo X 10000 o, such a shame 😔, I hoped he would survive the series but Kemi said No o😭😭.

I am igbo and tell you what, I loved his character so much. I fell in love with the language too, he made it look so easy and welcoming especially with the blend of humour 👌🏿

JoG
JoG
23 days ago

I intend to rewatch the last episode again. Watch, pause, review, and lick my screen. I love the way the season was wrapped up. If there would be a season 3, i guess we shall be introduced to the comeback of Jumoke Randle, Dapo, Aare and other disgruntled people in the movie. Yes, and Makanaki’s desperation when he mistakenly, in a single moment of weakness, impregnates someone. Oh! One nemesis from Eniola’s past will still resurrect. And Ade Tiger would dislike his eventual role of Deputy under Makanaki. And Eniola would have to mediate between her two sons. That Agnes,… Read more »

muttering minds
Admin
23 days ago
Reply to  JoG

😂😂😂 you sound so assertive, or mildly put, like a prophet. I really cannot wait for a come back for Jumoke Randle, I can do without the rest you mentioned in subsequent seasons (Dapo and Aare). For the baba to say that he mustn’t have kids, then something must sup. Although we haven’t seen any trait of him womanising, that might be his downfall. Either self inflicted or through a set up. For Agnese, I like to believe she died, although we aren’t shown. See the last scene where she was greeted with sarcasm by Eniola. ‘Agnese, you’re still here?’… Read more »

Paul
Paul
23 days ago

The return of the king!!!! Kemi Adetiba just raised the bar mehn…. damn. First was how the movie was swiftly switched to a series and the Sola Sobowale did not just act the role, she became ENIOLA… Toni Tones oh my goodness…. i feel there is a hoe in the part that Eniola reconciled with Makanaki. Also, the house help, though looking like she has an important role to play in the movie ended up as just a house help. Ade Tiger reminds me of Dembe of Blacklist… loyalty to the core even though i thought he was going to… Read more »

muttering minds
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23 days ago
Reply to  Paul

😂😂😂 @’thats the reason I didn’t write the script’ Kemi raised the bar truly, it was hard to predict the scenes. Yeah, the transition to a series is swift. I couldn’t lay my hands on any loophole. Comparing Toni Tones in real life to her little Eniola character, you’d think she wouldn’t deliver but mehn she embodied the role. Watching the interviews, I be asking ‘was this the same person?’ No wonder they say never judge a book by its cover. I haven’t watched Blacklist, but I have watched GOT and I concur with the Olenna Tyrell comparison. I love… Read more »

Castroy
Castroy
14 days ago

The last part of this your reply is what I have been looking for. I hope season 2 will be centered on makanaki, how he survived the guns from Odogwu Malay in part 1, how he groomed another team and how he reconciled with Eniola Salami. Does part can’t just be left hanging.

muttering minds
Admin
14 days ago
Reply to  Castroy

Yes o, it can’t be left out. But mehn, when season 2 go come out bayi? Fit be another two years o🥺

Onyii
Onyii
23 days ago

If Nollywood has Hall of Fame, Aunty Sola should be there cause….
Her facial language is loud and clear!!!

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23 days ago
Reply to  Onyii

Likeeee!!!

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