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Daniella (Girls Are Not Smiling)

Posted June 21, 2012 by in Comedy









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2/ 5

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SYNOPSIS: A noble lady who is indebted to a friend who selflessly donated a kidney to her, sacrifices her true love and marries a wealthy guy to fund her friend's dreams of becoming a famous rapper. Years later, things start to fall apart as guilt and bitterness kicks in.
Parts/Divisions: The movie Daniella (Girls Are Not Smiling) has four parts: Daniella (Girls are not smiling) part 1 and 2 and the sequel, Daniella the saint part 1 and 2
Memorable Lines/Scenes: From Mercy Johnson's character, Daniella: "After this show I wan perform, you go dey google me" "When I knew Puff Daddy, he was homeless" "Forget say those people wey start with me... dem dem tu face, them M.I., them Ruggedman... forget say dem don pass me"
Cast: Mercy Johnson, Walter Anga, Angela Okorie, Fred Ebere, Solomon Akiyesi, Sonia Ogiri, Ese Brodricks, Chita Agwu,

Now as regards the actual story behind this movie… I thought the first two parts were entertaining. What I just don’t get is this modern day fascination with making two different movies at one time with four parts.

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-Story: [1 out of 5] Granted! When I watched this movie on, the only parts available were part 1 and 2. However, on YouTube, irokotv has uploaded some clips of the prequel. After watching 3 of those, I need not waste another 2 hours watching the other 2 parts of the movie (what will happen is pretty glaring). Now as regards the actual story behind this movie… I thought the first two parts were entertaining. What I just don’t get is this modern day fascination with making two different movies at one time with four parts. The movie goes from being a comedy in part 1 and 2 to being dramatic overdone nonsense in part 3 and 4. Without that sequel, the movie would probably have a higher rating. The story seemed a little far fetched to me altogether though with how far Angela Okorie was willing to go to  express her gratitude for a kind deed done… even to the extent of going against the wishes of the person she hopes to please. 


-Originality: [2 out of 5] Without the sequel, originality would have been a four.


-Predictability: [1 out of 5] A bit unpredictable in that no one could have guessed how far away from the original plot the movie would eventually stretch. Yet, it’s still extremely predictable in the little things. 


-Directing/Editing: [2 out of 5] The only problem I have here is the aforementioned, appending of two different stories in one movie. Four parts? When will y’all take a leaf from Tchidi Chikere and end things when it’s time to end them?


-Acting quality: [3 out of 5] Chei! Mercy Johnson don kill me finish. I am not going to even go in on her versatility because that is an over explored agenda. You know it. I know it. We know it. But nna… mercy as a rapper! This one no get part two o (actually it has a part two… that and a part 3 and 4 apparently, mschew) lol. All I have to say is…

“chicken no dey fly for night”

hahaha Mercy don craze finish. Walter Anga. Was not that bad in this movie. Granted, there is still room for improvement with his acting. Same goes for Angela Okorie. Solomon Akiyesi. This old man has the capacity to make any movie he’s in, worth watching. Ese Brodricks. I first saw her in the movie “Haunting” alongside Yemi Blaq and Ini Edo, and since then I’ve only seen her in one other movie, “Moving Party” but one must admit… the chic gets better with each film. Unlike some other actresses that came before her that seem to just be getting progressively worse (*cough* Biola *cough* *cough* Ige). One amazing performance in this movie was the girl who played the character of Walter Anga’s sister. I did not for once catch her name so I was unable to find out her real name. But… she did an amazingly convincing job.


-Setting: [2 out of 5] Ok… the video shoot though?


-Costume/Make-Up: [3 out of 5] Kudos to whoever did the transformation of sexy Mrs. Okojie to Chicken-No-Dey-Fly-For-Night Daniella.


-Props and Graphics: [2 out of 5] More work could have been put into the video shoot… it all seemed too subpar


-Video Quality: [3 out of 5] Good


-Audio Quality [1 out of 5] Up and down in many scenes. Changing timbre


-Soundtrack: [3 out of 5] I absolutely adored the beats and the lyrics were quite amusing (occasionally). But I was not feeling the singer at all.


-Musical Score: [3 out of 5] Nicely done


Daniella (Girls Are Not Smiling), 10.0 out of 10 based on 1 rating

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Nollywood REinvented



    Four parts?!!! I don’t like when they long things jo but I like Mercymso I just may catch this.

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      Haha, yes! Actresses like Mercy definitely make the pain easier to endure… however, if you’re ever interested, I could offer you a win-win and recommend a good movie (in only two parts), also starring Mercy Johnson 😉

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