NR ReviewGenre: Drama, Traditional
POSITIVES:Not too many igbo movies in the market
-Story: [3 out of 5] I actually really liked the story. It’s entertaining. It’s old fashioned. It’s simple. It’s a tales by moonlight kind of story. There were, however, some little aspects of the movie that did not make any sense to me in the storyline like why loosing a mere dancing competition between two […]
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-Story: [3 out of 5] I actually really liked the story. It’s entertaining. It’s old fashioned. It’s simple. It’s a tales by moonlight kind of story. There were, however, some little aspects of the movie that did not make any sense to me in the storyline like why loosing a mere dancing competition between two villages would cause famine. The timeline within the movie is also extremely warped because Chiwetalu Agu’s character comes before the king and tells him that the dance competition is in 2 days…. 2 weeks later! They have still not gone for the competition.
UPDATE: A comment below explains most of the things that I stated “did not make any sense to me”, so if you’re equivalently confused, refer to the comments
-Originality: [0 out of 5] It’s definitely a story we have seen over and over and over (xce infinity) again… yet! It’s still entertaining to me because I’m tired of all this artificial story lines Ugezu J. Ugezu and cohorts feed us with in 2012.
-Predictability: [0 out of 5] Yes! We all know what will happen in the end… BUT we all still watch though… this is the beauty of olden day movies.
-Directing/Production: [2 out of 5] Most of my problems with the production of this movie is as regards the subtitles. Granted! For non-igbo speakers, the movie is good with the subs but not half as good as it would be if you did not need the subs. Some phrases just can not be translated into another language. There were some typos on the subtitles and many of the subtitles are incomplete. No apparent cinematography. Quick question though, whose idea was it to cast Queen and Chiwetalu as lovers? Really? That guy looks old enough to be her father…. and uh… Chinwe Owoh and Steve Eboh? Really? Say what you will but she looked like an incestuous mother, who was pregnant for her son.
-Acting quality: [3 out of 5] Queen e me go’m ihe n’a film nka… wow! Queen Nwokoye killed it. She took her role to the butcher and chopped that ish up… fine! O me ya… PIECES! The girl can act though… and who knew she could speak igbo that well? Honestly, I did not know that half the people in this movie could speak igbo that well… (exempting Chiwetalu Agu. Everyone knows that Otel’ugba otelu ose can speak igbo). I especially loved Pope and Uche’s roles… I was happy to see them break away from that usual ghetto bad boy and ashawo role they usually played respectively. Chinwe Owoh, is definitely the second best in this movie, in my opinion. The extras were amazing. The only actor that came close to annoying me was the so called King of Obibi. Chiwetalu Agu did his role justice… his signature quote for this movie was “O ke mkpi, o nwere nta“… which means ??? Even me sef that I’m igbo, I don’t know. Do you?
-Setting: [2 out of 5] I feel like more work could have been put in. Too low-budget for my liking
-Costume/Make-Up: [3 out of 5] Ok
-Props and Graphics: [2 out of 5] There were not enough people in the village… the entire thing screamed ‘scanty’.
-Video Quality: [3 out of 5] I could actually see in the night… which is pretty impressive for a movie this low budget
-Audio Quality [1 out of 5] Changing timbres. Audio goes up and down. Occasionally, I could hear the director screaming out directions. And horrible ambience
-Soundtrack: [4 out of 5] (At the risk of sounding like an ignorant white tourist in Africa…)I loved the Africanness of the entire thing
-Musical Score: [3 out of 5] Nicely done