NR ReviewGenre: Romance
-Story: [3.5 out of 5] Lovely story about love through the ages. Didn’t work out the first time and fate/destiny/God gives you a second chance at love and what happens the second time? (Watch the movie and find out). I kind of get a Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone in “Om Shanti Om” vibe […]
-Story: [3.5 out of 5] Lovely story about love through the ages. Didn’t work out the first time and fate/destiny/God gives you a second chance at love and what happens the second time? (Watch the movie and find out). I kind of get a Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone in “Om Shanti Om” vibe from this movie. As that movie like this one was about reincarnation (…that’s pretty much where the similarities begin and end). Many many many many many… people had a problem with this movie because apparently it didn’t end well (those people did not see the sequel and obviously need to stop judging ish off an incomplete criteria). Most others just did not like the entire reincarnation idea. And that is cool, most people can not wrap their minds around stories of reincarnation (OSO had the same problem in India), regardless we should still acknowledge writers’ artistic freedom and just enjoy movies for once instead of unnecessarily dissecting things from the get go. The only reason it did not get a full point was because it was too long a story.
-Originality: [3.5 out of 5] I have not ever ever ever seen a movie like this out of Nollywood. Say what you want but this is a classic (a longer than usual classic with more flaws than most others but still a classic because it’s the first of its kind)
-Predictability: [4 out of 5] I definitely did not see the end coming in any shape or form.
-Directing/Editing: [2 out of 5] You could have cut this movie into at least 3 parts. I was not impressed with the cinematography but then again I wasn’t pointing my finger at the screen and gyrating throughout like a market woman in vexation, so I guess it’s not such a bad thing. And I don’t understand why people mess up actors and actresses’ names in the opening credits. Get a proper editor and edit that crap.
-Acting quality: [2 out of 5] Many a extra couldn’t act. From Majid’s precolonial wife, to his precolonial ma, to Genny’s precolonial ma, to Genny’s precolonial suitor, to… I could go on but that’s all I remember currently. Acting in order of talent from greatest to least. Genevieve and Majid, who by the way had such mindblowing chemistry (so much so that they were signed for two more movies together in the next 3 years: Bursting Out & Silent Scandals), Ladi J. Torty (I have mad love for this skinny lady. I don’t care what anyone says but she’s aggressive and frightening to say the least as Majid’s crippled wife), then Tonto Dikeh who came off as fake to me in many scenes (but then again I feel like I always feel that way in all Tonto movies exempting Private Enemy). Maybe she wasn’t fake per say but she was just too on the surface for me to be in love with. Halima was just there… doing the Halima Abubakar. Love Geraldine and may her soul rest in perfect peace.
-Setting: [4 out of 5] On point.
-Costume/Make-Up: [3 out of 5] I loved it. I loved it. I loved it. The afros. The Bow ties. The weird looking scarves for the pre colonial maids. The tight jump up grey trousers for pre colonial majid. The school headmaster look for the plantation workers. Loved it. Loved it. Loved it. (I’m only emphasizing my love for it cos I realize many people hated it… well I LOVED IT! I thought it was cute). My only real problem with costume was Halima. Why did they permit her to wear her slut uniform in a role that did not call for it? It’s like… see Tonto (I mean “the Tonto” as per “Men in Love, Dirty Secret” TONTO DIKEH) in a turtle neck and jeans. See Genevieve in an above the boobs camisole and then see Halima with boobs hanging out in that top… so uncalled for.
-Props and Graphics: [4 out of 5] On Point
-Video Quality: [2 out of 5] The video quality was ridiculous. Granted in most scenes I could see things but the problem really arose in the night scenes. I mean… you could see Majid (cos he’s so light skinned) but you could not see Genevieve (she blends into the darkness lol).
-Audio Quality [0 out of 5] The audio was ridiculously terrible in the beginning. Couldn’t hear a word that was being said above the loud musical score and it just went downhill from there (although there were some uphill moments too)
-Soundtrack: [3 out of 5] I like the soundtrack. Love the beat. Love the lyrics. Hate the singers voice.
-Musical Score: [2 out of 5] On point, now if only it was controlled and would stop getting louder than the dialogue.