King of Boys is a 2018 Nigerian crime political thriller film written, co-produced, and directed by Kemi Adetiba. It is the second movie directed by Kemi Adetiba following the release of The Wedding Party.
Straight to the point, the just-released teaser for Kemi Adetiba’s sophomore film titled King of Boys is inscrutable. I have seen it like three times, during which I’m transported to my childhood trips to the amusement park’s House of Horror, where it’s gleefully dark, taunting, and claustrophobic. In the meager 30 seconds, the teaser uses copious amounts of inexplicable dread and fluttering lights and looks like something ostensibly shot in a room.
It’s a darkly interesting tableau Kemi Adetiba has set out for us though. One of the film’s cast members Sola Sobowale sits oddly immobilized in a chair as if she’s playing a staring game. Another cast member, a male whose face is lost in the dizzyingly fluctuating frames, sits in the same way as Sola Sobowale. Are we supposed to be scared? Is there a clue in the teaser that we must look for? Kemi Adetiba isn’t known for yoking this kind of aesthetic. Building on a healthy, agile body of music-video work and the pop-culturally successful romantic comedy The Wedding Party, Kemi Adetiba’s directorial technique has been linear and clear-cut.
With meandering Instagram posts from the director that started in January 2018, and the ominous hashtag #KingIsComing, Kemi Adetiba is very much in control of the press run for King of Boys. But we do know that it’s star-studded and will also feature popular rappers Ill Bliss and Reminisce in their debut movie roles. You can check out the teaser below: