NR ReviewGenre: Drama, Romance
-Story: [4 out of 5] In the beginning, there are a lot of questions like for one: how the heck is someone as young as Annie Macaulay’s character so rich? Why are all her maids old enough to be her mother? Why is she dating such an arrogant idiot? Why is her weave reaching her [...]
-Story: [4 out of 5] In the beginning, there are a lot of questions like for one: how the heck is someone as young as Annie Macaulay’s character so rich? Why are all her maids old enough to be her mother? Why is she dating such an arrogant idiot? Why is her weave reaching her nyansh(buttocks)? But by the end of the movie, all questions are answered (all but the weave length question, that one pass even the screenwriter). It was an amazing storyline. I had started it off with the intention of “lemme start another movie that I can add to the pile of ‘Royal’ movies that I’ve started and never finished” but from ‘on-your-marks’ I was hooked. From Patience to Ngozi…. amazing characters, entertaining story, delightful watch. Something that went unexplained though… They told us why Ngozi’s character was pretending but no one tells us why Patience’s character was pretending (I’ll forego this because I assume she only went in disguise so that she can keep her ears on the ground about the happenings around her only daughter). Even though the whole thing is kind of ridiculous… ’twas still hella entertaining
-Originality: [1 out of 5] From many angles it was many things. From Leo Mezie’s angle (David), it was reminiscent of Ghajini/”The Game“/”Memories of my heart“. From Ken Eric’s angle (Henry), it was reminiscent of Stolen Love/Money Never Sleeps. And at the same time it was reminiscent of that old Emeka Ike-Chioma Chukwuka movie (the one where Emeka Ike is a rich man’s son but pretends to be a taxi driver to find a good wife). Not exactly the most original storyline when you pick it apart but as a whole, it is a strong contender.
-Predictability: [3 out of 5] I remember I was just done with part 2 and about to start part 3 when I actually thought about the movie title, “Royal Wedding”, what does royalty have to do with anything? To state it simply, the viewer can not predict anything that was not hinted at.
-Directing/Editing: [2 out of 5] My main query really isn’t that it’s a four part movie (even though that alone shaved off 2 points), it’s in the naming. I would think that since the wedding comes at the end it would make more sense to name the prequel ‘Mark of a king’ and then call the sequel ‘Royal Wedding’. Cos there was nothing royal about the first two parts, neither was there any wedding. But at least there was a ‘king’ in the first two parts… know it or not. And whose idea was it to name a character ‘Success’? Una run out of names?
-Acting quality: [2 out of 5] When the movie started I thought “Ngozi Ezeonu and Patience Ozokwor as maids? Not queens??? That’s different”. Sometimes ‘different’ is bad but in this case, different was really good. I had learnt recently from the movie ‘Drop of Blood‘ that Ngozi and Patience have amazing chemistry. They look great on screen. The question is not even of whether or not they can act… anyone that asks such questions should be dragged into a pit alongside people who ask me questions like “Who is Shahrukh Khan?” and “Why do you like Tyler Perry movies?”. Uche Odoputa… not a fan. And his role in this movie did not help matters. The last couple of movies I saw Annie in were horrible. I mean… I’m still struggling with her movie “Circle of Secrets” (a movie I started four months ago – I’m still on part one). Anyone who knows anything about Nollywood go tell you say plain and simple, the babe no sabi act. However, even in all her inability-to-act-NESS, I still strongly believe that this was one of her best performances till date (disagree? that one na for your pocket -but I trust you’ll let me know in the comments). Leo Mezie… loved his execution. Still space for improvements though. Ken Erics!!! Ah! The main man… amazing amazing amazing. Really convincing. I absolutely love the scripts he is selecting these days (in fact, his choice of movies are far outshining those of Mike Ezuruonye sef). Someone else I’d like to point out was Prince Nwafor who played the role of Ikem in this movie, he has had many supporting roles in movies but it’s just today that I learned his name. He is really a natural and I believe that he can do more if pushed further (…and if he does horribly then… no talk say “NR said”… abeg). All the extras were reciting their lines
-Setting: [3 out of 5] I loved the EXTERIORS in this movie. Not a big fan of the insides of the houses (especially the palace), however the exteriors had that air of grandeur that they were supposed to have. Best set in the movie though… final set: Royal Wedding.
-Costume/Make-Up: [3 out of 5] Come and see Mama G in housegirl uniform
-Props and Graphics: [3 out of 5] On point
-Video Quality: [3 out of 5] Ok
-Audio Quality [3 out of 5] Good
-Soundtrack: [2 out of 5] I absolutely loved the soundtrack, my only problem is with all these singers trying to force American accent and rolling their r’s when singing… or should I say, UNNATURALLY OVER-rolling their r’s. I was looking out for who did the music in the opening and closing credits and I got nothing (I bet you $100 it was Maxwell Leonard lol… if it isn’t then come and collect your money lol)
-Musical Score: [4 out of 5] Nicely done