Queen Of Glory: Review

Queen Of Glory: Review

Queen Of Glory: Review. By Jake Peffer.

Queen of Glory stars Nana Mensah as Sarah, the child of Ghanian immigrants, who is quitting her Ivy League doctoral program to follow her married lover to Ohio. When her mother unexpectedly dies her plans change. Sarah is bequeathed her mother’s Christian bookstore in the Bronx where she was raised. With her planning to move to Ohio she doesn’t plan on keeping the bookstore but the more time she spends there the more unsure she becomes on having to get rid of something that was so special to her mother.

Nana Mensah is a star in the making. While she has appeared in many shows and movies, she hasn’t really had a chance to fully show off her acting chops. Here she is pulling triple duty as she directs, writes and plays the lead character. This is a well-crafted movie she has put together and really showcases her natural talent. She is the sole focus of the story, and she knocks it out of the park wit her performance. We watch as her character goes through many difficult sequences, and she pulls it off with lots of charisma.

The biggest disappointment in Queen of Glory is that we don’t get to spend more time with the story. This clocks in at just under 80 minutes and while the pacing is good, and it doesn’t overstay it’s welcome it would have been nice to spend some more time with the character of Sarah and see more of her story. Sarah’s storyline with her married lover does kind of feel like an afterthought as the story progresses and could have used a couple more scenes to flesh out their relationship. While this is entirely Nana Mensah’s show the few other cast members here are provide good performances as well. There are also some great cultural moments that show off Sarah’s Ghana heritage and that is a welcome addition.

Overall, Queen of Glory is a great character study of a woman dealing with loss and trying to keep her life on the right track. Nana Mensah is fantastic in this role, and she nails it on the directing and writing aspects as well. This is definitely worth seeking out and is a perfect showcase for Nana Mensah and her acting capabilities.

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