The Figurine (Araromire)
-Story: [5 out of 5] So… I was watching this movie and I was watching this movie and all the while I’m thinking I really hope this movie is worth my $9 cos God knows I’ve been looking at the price for this movie since December 2011 (and this is April 2012). I know the movie has been hyped to the death but hey… these are the same Nigerians that thought Fazebook Babes was the best movie out of Nigeria this year (slaps head). Plus I’m igbo… money doesn’t grow on trees lol. No… but this was a good story. More than you expected.
-Originality: [5 out of 5] So… I started this movie and again (like I said earlier) I was watching it and all of a sudden… BOOM!… (please notice my sound effects, I put effort in this thing) it hit me. This movie reminds me of Koi… Mil Gaya which is a bollywood movie starring Hrithik Roshan and Preity Zinta about this special kid who is about 20 years old and still in elementary school because he has slow mental growth until an alien from outer planet comes and takes it all away and makes him smart and what not until the alien leaves and then it all goes back to normal, he is dumb again. At the end, I guess the alien has mercy on him and restores his powers on Hrithik from outer space. So… happy ending….. this movie had nothing to do with that. So why did I mention it? Cos I can lol (but you can see the relationship)
-Predictability: [5 out of 5] I was honestly getting bored in this movie I will not lie. Especially after I had established that it would end like “Koi… Mil Gaya” I was like, “happy ending! Bam, finally… something to take points off for cos I have never reviewed a 10 out of 10 movie before” and then Ramsey goes cra…cray…crazy… and Kunle Afolayan pulls a friggin Pascal Amanfo times a hundred on us all…. THAT’S HOW YOU MAKE A THRILLER. It might seem like somethings don’t tie up during the movie but just note them and wait till the end… and then it ends with “What do you believe?” I’m like, Kunle! Shey you want slap… which kain yeye question be that. Still a great movie
-Directing/Editing: [4 out of 5] Kunle was simply amazing in the entire thing. One thing I noticed that made me feel like such a genius for noticing it (even though I’m certain the entire world noticed it too… abeg don’t burst my bubble) was that *SPOILER* in the scene where they go to return the figurine, the setting and lines were almost mirrored from the scene when they had originally gotten the figurine. I’m like ha! You are so… amazing. Because that act alone means so much in that things are about to go back to how horrible they were before Araromire came in. However, the lack of a full grading on this for me was due to Junior’s death scene. It was not properly done is all I know… to state it simply, it wasn’t dramatic enough. I didn’t have enough time to be sad… I should blame it on the music though so see “Musical Score”
-Acting quality: [4 out of 5] I started this movie and it said, directed by… KUNLE AFOLAYAN. Produced by… KUNLE AFOLAYAN. Starring… KUNLE AFOLAYAN. I’m thinking “uh oh. There goes a potentially good movie” but then I rethought it and decided, eh… this is a Kunle Afolayan movie though so he can’t possible suck that bad and still let himself star in and potentially destroy his o so amazing movie. But boy o boy… Kunle wasn’t just good, he was astounding. (not to mention he’s easy on the eyes… abeg don’t murder me o lol). Nwoke’m is taking my breath away. Being able to direct, produce and then come and now act was something I previously regarded as impossible for any movie but hey! Kunle just defies all laws of nature it seems lol.Ramsey Noah baby! In the beginning I’m thinking “well, Ramsey is pretty darn boring in this movie” and then the end happens and I chewed my words. Omoni Oboli baby, loved her but she didn’t convince me with her crying and screaming scenes, sorry! Funlola as the comic relief. Amazing acting was never at one point over acting or underacting is what I loved the most about her performance. Tosin Sido as Ramsey’s sister, needs a little help but she is definitely better than Biola Ige. The best part of this movie is that Kunle did not permit any extra to speak at all before they ruined the movie. There own was simply “just stand there and look pretty”. Guest appearance by Jide Kosoko speaking of whom I have to say I love how he picks his roles nowadays and he is not doing that Olu Jacobs thing of I must be in every other movie out of Nollywood.
-Setting: [5 out of 5] Killed it. from 1901 (or something like that) to 2008 baby. From the village to the city to NYSC (can you say EFFORT!) to the beachside house. Amazing
-Costume/Make-Up: [5 out of 5] Well done especially Omoni’s brief traditional attire. Nicely done
-Props and Graphics: [5 out of 5] Amazing! Props to the person responsible for carving the figurine. Also props for the subs in that their size is not so huge that they take up a quarter of the screen I always hate those movies where you are forced to read the subs cos of their size even though you don’t need the subtitles.
-Video Quality: [5 out of 5] Great
-Audio Quality [5 out of 5] Great
-Soundtrack: [4.5 out of 5] All I have to say is… “Araromire!”
-Musical Score: [3.5 out of 5] Nicely done. Not forced or over done but there were definitely some scenes like Junior’s death scene where the musical score could have helped accentuate emotions
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