NR ReviewGenre: Family
I’d love to complain about Uche Nancy movies right now and say something like “she seems to be using film as an avenue to advertise her outfits”… BUT, I have come to truly appreciate her movies. I’ve come to appreciate the risks she takes to entertain us. Scenes that other producers/script writers would simply skip over and only allude to in a sitting room conversation between two people with one narrator(usually Chika Ike) and one listener/gossip-monger(usually Amanda Ebeye), Uche actually takes the time to show.
-Story: [3 out of 5] So… judging solely on part 3 and 4 (although I don’t see how part 1 and 2 could have possibly influenced it negatively) the movie had an interesting storyline. Engaging at all points (except those overly prolonged scenes that have become Uche Nancy signature). I’d love to complain about Uche Nancy movies right now and say something like “she seems to be using film as an avenue to advertise her outfits”… BUT, I have come to truly appreciate her movies. I’ve come to appreciate the risks she takes to entertain us. Scenes that other producers/script writers would simply skip over and only allude to in a sitting room conversation between two people with one narrator(usually Chika Ike) and one listener/gossip-monger(usually Amanda Ebeye), Uche actually takes the time to show. Examples of scenes like this would be the fashion show scene from “The Models“, the African Parade scene from “Moving Party“, the pageant show in “Fulton Mansion“, and the wedding scene from this movie. I commend her because it is so much more entertaining for viewers to watch the action than to hear about it. I mean, imagine if they skipped over the spelling bee scenes in ‘Akeelah and the Bee’ or the crash in ‘Titanic’?
-Originality: [3 out of 5] At first, my thoughts were simple and short: bleh (imagine if I had watched the whole thing? Na so I for go dey ‘bleh’ from part 1 to part 2 to part 3 like sheep) but the end turned out differently, the end gave it spice
-Predictability: [4 out of 5] Didn’t see the end coming at all at all
-Directing/Editing: [1 out of 5] First of all, the obvious, it’s a four part movie which I watched only two parts of and enjoyed immensely… so tell me, what is the point of the first two parts? Secondly, I feel like Nollywood is just throwing around this “introducing” word very loosely. Which kain thing be to dey introduce Leo Ewuzie in a 2011 movie, when I’ve reviewed movies of his from before 2011. I thought the term was supposed to be used strictly for first film appearances only? Trust Naija to give it a new meaning. Thirdly, all those ridiculously prolonged scenes. I don’t mind the wedding scene as it was the last scene of the movie and the viewer needs some sort of reward for sitting through 4 hours of film (ahah! Four hours? E easy? You know what I could have been doing with that time? I could have pounded cocoyam and cooked soup with that time). But all those ridiculously long over prolonged lovey dovey scenes would have been a hundred times more bearable if they, the couple, were not just standing on a bridge watching dirty water float by. If there were a couple different cute scenes (a restaurant scene here, a useless garden chase scene there <— o how I hate these) it would have been more entertaining to the viewer (unless of course there is someone somewhere who is entertained by watching Yul and Ify watch water float, infact, watch dirty water sit cos that ish ain’t floating, for 10-15 mins)
-Acting quality: [2 out of 5] I honestly suspect that Ifunanya Igwe is related to Uche Nancy! How else do you explain how she’s almost always in all Uche movies? Well personally, I think Ify is an ok actress but most definitely not strong enough for THIS role (or should I just say ‘lead roles’). Is anybody else noticing all these old time Nollywood actors making a comeback? In this movie we have Chinyere Wilfred and Maureen Ihua back on screen alongside the more current Joyce Kalu. All the old ladies did a good job with their roles. Love Ken Erics. Love Yul Edochie. Love Oma Nnadi and (surprisingly enough) Love Walter Anga. Moyo Lawal though! Ah… I dare you to hate. I don’t want to address all the negative comments I’ve seen about her since #NR2012 began but I think the babe is systematically destroying all opposition (<—”supu” – igbo term that loosely translates to “speak the English“). Not that she is the best but she definitely interprets her roles well enough (aka she is actually ‘acting’)
-Setting: [3 out of 5] Loved it! Same palace set from the movie “His Royal Majesty“
-Costume/Make-Up: [4 out of 5] Job well done.
-Props and Graphics: [2 out of 5] So Walter Anga’s character is dying for Ifunanya’s character yet when he picks up his phone… lo and behold there is a picture of another babe as his wallpaper (I’ll assume this is his real life girlfriend?)
-Video Quality: [2 out of 5] Ok… got darker in evening set
-Audio Quality [1 out of 5] Not entirely consistent. Some changing timbres here and there
-Soundtrack: [2 out of 5] This singer and his R-factor though he said it’s “My beurri queen (My beauty queen)” and “her harris gold (her heart is gold)”
-Musical Score: [3 out of 5] Nicely done