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Wanna Be

Posted August 5, 2012 by in Comedy
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2/ 5

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SYNOPSIS: ‘Wanna Be’ is a rib-cracking all-stars comedy that tells the true-life story of a lower class woman who wanted to belong to the class of the elite in society and therefore painfully lived a life far expensive than what she could afford. - G2G
Parts/Divisions: The movie, Wanna Be, has only two parts: Wanna Be part 1 and part 2
Cast: Nana Akua Addo, Yvonne Nelson, Zynell Lydia Zuh, Prince David Osei, Eddie Nartey

When the movie started, I was thinking it was a lot like the movie ‘I Belong’ starring Omotola Jolade-Ekehinde (from years back) with the whole desperate attempt to be what you are not. And then as the movie progressed and Prince David’s character met Yvonne Nelson’s character, I was thinking more along the lines of “Pleasure & Crime” starring Yul Edochie.

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-Story: [1 out of 5] It was an interesting enough storyline. One must bear in mind that this was a ‘comedy’ and African comedy isn’t exactly known for phenomenal storyline (hopefully ‘Phone Swap’ is the exception to this rule)


-Originality: [0 out of 5] When the movie started, I was thinking it was a lot like the movie ‘I Belong’ starring Omotola Jolade-Ekehinde (from years back) with the whole desperate attempt to be what you are not. And then as the movie progressed and Prince David’s character met Yvonne Nelson’s character, I was thinking more along the lines of “Pleasure & Crime” starring Yul Edochie. And then at the point where Eddie Nartey’s character’s true colors surfaced, I felt “Stolen Love“. So how can a movie be a mix of 3 different movies and still not be original? Because the movie is a Ghanaian replica of the Yoruba movie Alakada starring Toyin Aimahku and Doris Simeon


-Predictability: [0 out of 5] Being that the movie is a rip of another movie… the end becomes predictable


-Directing/Editing: [2 out of 5] No major faults except that all the Twi spoken in this movie were spoken without subtitles which is unfair to us non-Ghanaians. Plus… stop stealing storylines please


-Acting quality: [2 out of 5] The new girl, Nana Akua Addo! I just saw her in the movie “Rain” alongside Nadia Buari and Adjetey Anang and even then I couldn’t describe her acting skills. If I were to use one word to describe her it would be ‘ok’. I don’t think she stunk. She wasn’t exactly a Biola Ige but neither was she great. I’m very unsure about her acting and will probably get an opinion when I see her in a more serious role and I actually pay attention to her. Eddie Nartey did an ah-may-zing job (from the start I could tell that he was phony). Zynell Lydia Zuh, whom I usually love, was good in most parts of the movie but when it came down to the sex scenes, she seemed to be relaying that Kalsum Sinare forcefulness and unrealness… which needs to GO! Yvonne Nelson did a great job. Prince David Osei… lmao. O dear Prince. Again, here’s another movie in which he pissed me off with his so called acting. I think one of the most annoying scenes was definitely the one where he was attempting to seduce Yvonne Nelson so he takes one yeye long screwdriver like that and now used it to trace a circle around his nipple. I admit… prior to that, the guy was standing shirtless and sweaty… eh! Maybe someone might have been seduced. But in which gay world does using screwdriver to draw circle seduce anyone? And last but not least, Lisa Asor Awuku who played the role of Whitney. You might remember her from the movie “Bestfriends“. She is the Prada loving kid in the video “Little Girls Want Prada too“. I also remember seeing her in some other movie. She is making her mark as a child actor in Ghana and I commend her… as Nolly/Ghally really doesn’t have that many Raven Symone’s and Lindsay Lohan’s. 


-Setting: [3 out of 5] Good


-Costume/Make-Up: [3 out of 5] Not bad


-Props and Graphics: [3 out of 5] Decent 


-Video Quality: [1.5 out of 5] Fair


-Audio Quality [1 out of 5] Background noises + audio that goes up and down


-Soundtrack: [3 out of 5] Not bad


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


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    It doesn’t sound too good. I’ll give it a BIG FAT MISS

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    LMFAO NR she wasnt a biola ige(used to describe someone’s bad acting skills heheheehehehhe) kai with the way nollywood is going with these talentless bunch i dont think we are ready to do away with the likes of nse,Rita,omotola,genevieve and many more of those good actresses when we should be breeding new comers.I dnt knw why we dnt have young stars like dose disney and nickledeon so when they upgrade to the other level they must have had experience,dese ones we have all just want to fly to the top withotu taking note of basics.

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      Nne/Nna these Nollywood actors are becoming their own verbs. When you use their names, it is more descriptive than all the adjectives in the world lol.

      Hmm… we’re not ready o! We go just loss if they decide to resign.

      That’s what I was saying, we need our own Raven Symone’s and Lindsay’s that start young and get better with age

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    now this is where i will agree with ur originality section, if a movie is a complete or almost complete rip off of another movie, then it should get a low or zero point, but if on the other hand it is based on the same concept but delivered in a different perspective, then i think the movie shouldn’t be faulted for that.

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      Well that was the original intent behind the criteria.

      Have you ever seen a movie I reviewed and noted that it was loosely based on the same concept as another but deviated from it within the movie and yet I give it a score of a 2 or lower on originality?

      I am not an idiot, I realize that there are only so many stories to tell. I have to remind myself the mission of NR is honesty to the movie watchers and FAIRNESS to the movie makers.

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      yes i have seen most of them but the point i am trying to make here is that it isn’t fair to fault a film or filmmaker just because it was based on an already explored concept, let me drive this fairness point i am trying to make here home for u, i came across one of ur reviews where u were making ur case on why nigerian movies shouldn’t be given such low scores as 0.1 or 0.01 and so forth like miss tilii does to most of her nigerian movie reviews, u see that same gospel of fairness u were preaching there is what i am preaching here also, if u were to still stick by ur originality section,then u know what, i expect u to go back to most of the movies u have reviewed here and readjust there scores, for example, i believe u can agree with me that more than 70% of nigerian and ghanaian movies are about domestic voilence, so i expect u to go back to ur reviews of sinking sands and private storm which were based on the same concept of domestic violence and give them an originality score of 0.

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      I will as soon as you give me another African movie other than Private Storm, Damage and Sinking Sands that solely explore the issue of domestic violence as much as the aforementioned.

      And on the contrary, I don’t agree with you that 70% of Nigerian and Ghanaian movies are about domestic violence. Far from it

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      u better believe it, about 70% of nigerian movies have elements of domestic voilence,i will actually give u 2 movies that explores domestic voilence as much as the above mentioned titles, check out these movies broken tears/river of tears and ‘one life’.

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      Hian.. ok! Either I haven’t seen these movies or I don’t remember them. Regardless.. this is how I judge your 70% rule. 70% is 7 out of every 10 right? Which is about 13 out of every 18.

      Lemme go by my blog’s first page which is just a rough sample of randomly selected Nollywood movies. From Broken Silence to Coming soon: my life my damage

      Only Jejeloye and Epitaph are about domestic violence. It really is just a small percentage of Nolly movies that center on domestic abuse. I’d argue for about 10%.

      It’s not that serious… we address other issues in our movies… actually scratch that, 70% of Nollywood movies are about ‘absolutely nothing’. That’s an argument I would support anyday because then I can class all those Fazebook babes and useless campus movies into that criteria. 70% having elements or hints of domestic abuse? In 2012? No not really

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    look much deeper and u will see that there is an element of domestic voilence in most nigerian movies, ur 70% judgement is not in the right direction, look at it this way,70% of over 2000 movies that come out of nollywood yearly,i agree with u that most nollywood movies are about nothing which explains why stories are recycled over and over again, an example of a storyline that has been over recycled in this case would one on domestic voilence, trust me if i begin to mention movies that have domestic voilence concept, ur blog wouldn’t even be able to contain them all lol,using the number of movies u have reviewed to distinghish the number of domestic voilence related movies in nollywood is a far cry a plausible measuring yardstick,and by the way, if there are over 2000 movies made in nigeria and u were opportuned to watch about 200 0r 250(this is just a guess) of them, what about the rest of the 1800 or more movies u didn’t see, my point here is if u couldn’t see over 1800 movies, how do u know they didn’t make a movie based on a domestic voilence concept in 2012, probably the 200 or 250 u saw seem not to be about domestic voilence that doesn’t mean that one wasn’t made in a particular year especially in nollywood where storylines are over recylced.

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