NR ReviewGenre: Drama
Even when I first heard about the movie, I thought it was too much like Van Vicker and Mercy Johnson’s 2010 movie, “My Soulmate”. It’s not exactly scene for scene, plot for plot or character for character but still… they are very much alike but with a difference.
-Story: [3 out of 5] It was an interesting enough storyline to keep me seated for the length of the movie. Then again it was only about 93mins long (one quarter the length of your average Nollywood movie), hence my ability to sit through it might not exactly be the best test of entertainment.
-Originality: [1 out of 5] Even when I first heard about the movie, I thought it was too much like Van Vicker and Mercy Johnson’s 2010 movie, “My Soulmate“. It’s not exactly scene for scene, plot for plot or character for character but still… they are very much alike but with a difference. *SPOILER ALERT* Van Vicker was married. Uti Nwachukwu has a girlfriend. Mercy Johnson’s child was sold by child traffickers. Uche Jombo’s child was with his father. My Soulmate had four parts. Broken Silence had one part (not exactly a necessary comparison field but one that must be noted lol… if RAA can do it in one part then why on earth is My Soulmate a four part movie?)
-Predictability: [0 out of 5] I would really like to give more points here but I can’t (for good reason). In fact, there is probably even no justification for the one point the movie gets here. Because when I had posted the COMING SOON post about this movie, all we had was the synopsis above and a poster. Yet there was a comment left that went like this…
Is it not Nollywood…. Let me jst tell u d story line.Uche Jombo is d nanny & TontoDike is d fiancee to Uti Nwachukwu& d biological mother of dat child isUche & Uti’s late brother is d father. In summary, Uti is in love wit his latebrother girlfriend, who has a childfor his late brother.4rm d synopsis & d title, i already knw how d movie luks lyk. – Anon.
…all I’m saying is that… this person predicted the movie before it was released and they were 100% right.
-Directing/Editing: [3 out of 5] A movie in one part… Jah bless your soul RAA. Some attempts at actual cinematography here and there. No glaring faults.
-Acting quality: [2 out of 5] Most know my stance with model turned actors… in my opinion all of them should please get away from the front of the camera and go look pretty on a runway somewhere instead of wasting my time. You know them… there are so many models turned actors in Nolly today that I need not mention names. As long as you are pretty… it works. But unfortunately, most of the time these models have nothing other than their pretty face. Talent = zero. However, Uti shocked me. I mean, from scene one I was ready to pounce. I had claws ready and everything. Ready for a performance that would just make Beverly Naya and Biola Ige combined look like Julia Roberts. But… I was pleasantly surprised. Don’t get me wrong though… he ain’t no Majid Michel neither is he anywhere near Ramsey Noah (alright maybe in looks..???… that’s an argument for another day) ma na (but) the boy was good. By good, I mean decent. Granted, more than 75% of his acting was forced/over-acting, but if you ask me over acting beats reciting of scripts (which is what most of his fellow model-actors do) anyday. I loooovvvvveee loovvvveee lovvveee Tonto Dikeh (now we just need to conquer that English problem of hers and we’ll be fine). She did an amazing job with her role (in fact, at first, I thought she was playing herself… lol jk). Uche was astounding, she seems to be taken on many of these laid back roles recently. This one goes to all those people whose only argument against Uche was that ‘the babe is just too gra gra’. I absolutely hated the child actor. Sorry, I can’t even pretend to like you. I can’t state it kindly. My dear there is no excuse. After the movie, Little Angel? No child should come on my screen and be incapable of acting and expect to get away with it because they are a child. Taa gerrout. Especially in this era of Imogen Hogg? (Imogen Hogg was the child actor in the movie ‘Trinity‘). In the words of Imogen… “don’t patronize me”
-Setting: [2 out of 5] For the most part, the sets were good… except that hospital set. Y’all are kidding me right?
-Costume/Make-Up: [4 out of 5] Well done. Well done. Well done. Loved the outfits on everyone. Especially Uti…. wait… no! Especially Tonto… uhm… no… Especially Uche (you catch my drift)
-Props and Graphics: [2 out of 5] Nna gba gbuo that hospital set biko (please do away with that hospital set). Plastic chairs… really?
-Video Quality: [4 out of 5] Good
-Audio Quality [3 out of 5] Ok. Occasional changing timbres
-Soundtrack: [4 out of 5] Opening credits were still rolling. All the music I could hear was humming. Yet, I could still tell that it was Slam that did the music… alright ok, you can argue that that’s because it’s a Royal Arts Academy movie and they always use him, but the guy still get class/voice/rhythm though.
-Musical Score: [4 out of 5] Austine Nwa mama (I would translate literally but the literal translation has nothing to do with anything)