Before God and Man
Chacha Eke, Chiwetalu Agu, Desmond Elliot, Emeka Amakaeze, Jackie Appiah, Jim Iyke, Tonto Dikeh
-Story: [2 out of 5] I rank a good story by how much ‘at the edge of my seat’ I am. But for this movie, I was looking for excuses not to have to finish it. It’s simply not gripping and neither is it baffling. However, it was well built and not all over the place.
-Originality: [0 out of 5] I have seen this same movie, in what many people call “many different shapes and sizes.” I wish Nollywood movie writers would realize that changing the name of a movie, a couple scenes and the actors/actresses does not warrant a different movie.
-Predictability: [0 out of 5] I knew what was going to happen, not just from the synopsis but mainly from the excessive happiness of everyone in the first few scenes. Maybe I generated this from my years of Nollywood experience… or simply because Nollywood has become too predictable. I think it is the latter.
-Directing/Editing: [3 out of 5] Miraculously, I do not recall any moment in this movie where I was like Aha! for directing or editing.
-Acting quality: [2 out of 5] The acting was good. The little girl’s acting was a bit forced, I would usually ignore that because after all she is just a child. However, it’s not a valid excuse because children act in Hollywood, and their acting is effortless. Besides I recall watching a Nollywood movie a couple years back with RMD in it called ‘Little Angel’ and this little girl’s acting brought me to tears. Therefore, ‘she is just a child’ is not an excuse.
-Setting and Costume: [2 out of 5] It was generally good. I did not comprehend Jim Iyke’s agbada in the first few scenes where the collar extended all the way to his navel almost… so uh. DEDUCT.
-Video and Audio Quality [3 out of 5] It was on point.
-Soundtrack [2 out of 5] It was good, not mindblowing but good.