Review: ‘King of Boys: The Return of the King’ Is Worth The Wait

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After waiting for what feels like forever, the D-day is finally here! Today, August 27, 2021, excited fans get to watch the highly-awaited sequel to King of Boys, one of the most critically acclaimed movies and highest earners of Nollywood’s blockbuster era. Back as a seven-part series titled King Of Boys: The Return of The King and Netflix’s first Original Nigerian Series, the political thriller starts with a gripping performance by Eniola Salami played by Sola Sobowale guaranteed to keep you glued till the end.

As the title suggests, our protagonist returns after a five-year exile ready to become the Governor of Lagos state and what ensues is a dark, yet relatable story of a woman who has to fight against all odds to hold on to her ambition.

Young Vs Older Eniola 

At first, Eniola is calm and unlike her usual ruthless self as she mourns the loss of her children. Amidst her grief, we see her struggle with the concept of good and evil. On one hand, she wants to become a better person and perhaps ‘save her soul’ as Reverend Ifeanyi played by Richard Mofe-Damijo (RMD) keeps preaching but she is plagued by her young self played poignantly by Toni Tones.

Unlike her older, tortured version, the younger Eniola is unrepentantly out for blood, desperate to get revenge against her enemies in her quest for more power.

Power Tussle 

Apart from this internal struggle, the main plot of the series is focused on Eniola’s governorship race. Alone, with no kids, she has to compete against the Randles- the sitting governor and his wife, First Lady Jumoke Randle wonderfully played by Nse Ikpe Etim.

She also has to contend against her replacement Odudubariba (Charly Boy) and old opponents; Odogwu Malay (Ill Bliss), Aare Akinwande (Akin Lewis), and President Mumusa (Keppy Ekpeyoung).

Arguably the best thing about the series is the power dynamics between Nse and Sola. These two play so well against each other which is understandable since their characters are two sides of the same coin.

They both come from nothing, are extremely ambitious, will do whatever it takes to get what they want in spite of the obstacles from the men in their lives. Kemi Adetiba’s writing and directing shine brightly in these two characters. Their chemistry carries you through the seven-episode series.

Laburu came, saw, and conquered?

While the project certainly makes up for the wait with believable acting, good writing, great costumes, and lighting that often adds to the storytelling, it does have a few issues.

Some of the subplots including the family drama involving dedicated reporter Dapo Banjo played by Efa Iwara felt unnecessarily long and overdrawn. Reminisce, who plays Makanaki, delivers as usual, but his role as a villain lacks the punch it should have had. Some of the dialogue and scenes carried on for far too long than they needed to be. There are also some characters that just get on your nerves every time they pop on the screen.

Unlike the first movie, this sequel is a lot darker. You can expect more violence, deep, provocative Yoruba proverbs and the usual over the top drama that comes with politics.

Ultimately, The Return of the King is worth the wait!

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  1. Jolene says:

    Thank you for review, straight up brilliant writing..

  2. Eno says:

    Well written review, it really summarises the KOB. I still want to watch this again and again.

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  4. Edna says:

    KOB The return of the king was a great watch, however I agree with you on the fact that some scenes played out for too long e.g Malay’s party scenes, and those little boys that were eye witness when makanaki returned and murdered Malays crew…

    I also agree with you on Dapo’s overdrawn story line, it didn’t even end well…After the police tried to use his wife to lure him home while ‘tracing his call’, then what????? The story wasn’t properly laid to rest.

    I honestly felt there were too many protagonist, it felt like the series was a bit over the place as we struggled to focus one a particular story, we had Governors wife, Charly boy, Aare, and worst of all MAKANAKI! seeing him disgusted me so much, I was done with him in part 1 and didn’t appreciate him coming back again. I don’t know why Eniola will team up with him at the end after he killed her children!!

    And please can someone explain the whole Tiger story? One moment is he working for Aare, killed Boxer so Eniola doesn’t suspect him, then suddenly he changes and returns back to Eniola again? If he was still with Eniola, why then did he kill Boxer? Was it at the very last second after assuming a seat on the table that he decided to return back to her? I really didn’t get that part.

    Overall, KOB is a good watch and I highly recommend it

    1. Chichi says:

      My thoughts perfectly captured in your write up.

      Adding to that, I feel like Eniola shouts too much for a BOSS. I mean you can command respect without having to ruffle yourself up in shouting.

      It’s a good watch but some casts acting was too extra and didn’t come off as natural.

    2. Chu says:

      Eniola said something, that the reason she stays ahead is because she knows what her enemies are planning before they plan it, that means she and Ade Tiger planned the whole thing, we don’t know when the planning started, either from when he started working from Aare or he told her all that transpire when he got back. Every other thing was a orchestrated. I was just sad that boxer had to be killed that part didn’t add up, why did Ade accuse Eniola if she was in the know of Aare’s doings? The movie lefts some questions, but its expected, its a thriller, they don’t usually tie up all loose ends.

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  6. Sazi says:

    Overhyped as usual. Don’t get me wrong, it’s s decent watch but it’s grossly overhyped because that’s the level our movie industry is right now.
    Shola Shobowale’s acting was too dramatic. Too much shouting and unnecessary use of proverbs. Some of the storyline was also disjointed. When did Oba go from enemy to best pal with Makanaki?
    Great acting from Akin Lewis, that dude can surely act. Overall, it’s an average movie, just decent. I give it a 5.

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