-Story: [3 out of 5] Really lovely story, really depressing movie, really sad ending, really harsh realities. There was just one general something about the movie though, I still can’t place a finger on it. It didn’t ‘do’ me as much as I thought it would. To state it simply it started off a bit slow for me. They were fighting and then they were fighting again… maybe it was the music integration that did not carry me along or maybe it was because nobody tells you the cause of their abusiveness (was it an abusive parent or ???) but something was not ‘gelling’. Too much is left up to assumption, I’d say the story wasn’t built strongly. Too many leaks in the storyline
-Originality: [4 out of 5] Have I seen a Nigerian movie about domestic abuse? Yes, two of them have already been reviewed in the form of A Private Storm and Silent Scandals (links above). However, none of them expose the issue quite like this one. We are used to seeing abuse only from the female’s perspective, in which the female is the victim and the male is the devil but in reality there can be more than one devil. Regardless, my advice remains the same, if he/she raises his/her hand on you, abeg pack ya load comot. Make you begin waka. Does that mean that I am saying those people don’t deserve to have anybody? That they should be in the world alone? Heck to the effing yeah! I am not a psychologist so it is not in my place to distribute unwarranted pity. Go punch a wall!
-Predictability: [3 out of 5] Honestly, I’d have to say………………… I didn’t see that coming. At the end of the movie, I sobbed… shed a tear… fashee abeg I wept… well almost, I sha shed a couple tears hear and there (regains composure).
-Directing/Editing: [3 out of 5] Love Moses Inwang. That is all… You can read all about my love for Moses on another review, “Private Enemy” as for now all you need know is that I’m a die hard fan of his… that is till he does something entirely outrageous lol (my love is not unconditional jare, that’s why you gats toh get a spouse or a mother)
-Acting quality: [3 out of 5] General acting, good. Sometimes, in some scenes it does come off as a bit forced. Regardless, the general acting was really good and only a little short of perfection.
-Setting and Costume: [4 out of 5] Omo mehn, ndi’a nwelu ego, o buro obele ihe (Damn, these folks have money though… no be small thing). They get am for money so tey Uche wan find something wey she go take break on top Kalu head na laptop wey she come find. You for see the way the babe they fling the thing left right and center like say na flag. But Uche come o… you no see pillow to fling? Koi! Na wetin. Alright on a serious note though all the props and settings in this movie were beyond on point from the cars to the house to the everything. By the way, what’s with Uche’s hair in the Limo? Who came up with the idea of having Tonto Dikeh do an entire movie without makeup? Genius! Loved it… definitely geared up for My Life, My Damage
-Video and Audio Quality [4 out of 5] The online version was not shacking me, I don’t know if it’s just my PC (please let me know if this is the case) but the video seemed to be hanging every minute or so… not a joyful way to watch an anticipated movie. Not to mention that it goes off and pixelates at all scenes with rapid motions i.e fight scenes i.e every other scene
-Soundtrack [2 out of 5] yeah! This really pissed me off. My candid advice, hire slam next time. I don’t know if it was the lyrics or if it was the singers voice or just both but something, again, was not ‘gelling’. As regards the score of the movie, I felt like ***SPOILER ALERT*** if after the girl was stabbed nobody spoke again it would have gone better. Like, it’s cool if they spoke but silence them. Let’s see their mouths moving but overlay it with intensely emotional music. Why do I say this? Because immediately the girl was stabbed I started tearing up. And the music started and the tears started formulating in my eyes and just as they were about to start rolling, you hear Kalu Ikeagwu screaming “Dami! Dami! Get the car, hospital doctor… yadidi yadidi ya” it broke my trance and I couldn’t cry anymore.
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