Deeper than Faces
NR ReviewGenre: Period Piece, Romance
Old Tchidi Chikere vs. Modern day Tchidi Chikere. There is a difference! You’d have to agree with me. In the olden days (lol… as olden as 2008 can possibly be), Tchidi Chikere had the movies. He had the best love stories. The most endearing tales and the absolute most lovable characters.
-Story: [3 out of 5] Old Tchidi Chikere vs. Modern day Tchidi Chikere. There is a difference! You’d have to agree with me. In the olden days (lol… as olden as 2008 can possibly be), Tchidi Chikere had the movies. He had the best love stories. The most endearing tales and the absolute most lovable characters. Fastforward to 2012, I still love Tchidi (because in an era of mostly 5 part movies, I will love anyone that gives me a 2 part movie) but he no longer holds that appeal. Instead of movies like “Native Son“, all we have are movies like “New Joy“. And I don’t know about you, but I really liked “Native Son” (by the way, earlier in 2011-2012, Tchidi Chikere released “Native Daughter”. I started that movie 5 months ago… still can’t get past half of part one). My point? This movie appeals to the romantics that love the old Tchidi Chikere.
-Originality: [3 out of 5] After seeing movies like “No Apologies“, one might want to argue that this is not that original. But it is important to note that this came before ‘No Apologies’. Hence, making it, if not the first, then one of the first to explore the incestuous love theme in African film (besides, No Apologies was a piece of crap)
-Predictability: [2 out of 5] If you stop at part two, then…. (dot dot dot). The movie does have a part three and if you want me to ruin it for you, leave a comment and I’ll tell you what happens if you can’t already guess it
-Directing/Editing: [2 out of 5] Love Tchidi Chikere. Thank you for movies shorter than 4 parts, but I was not a fan of the camera action in this movie (not to mention that little pink spot that seems to always be on the screen in old Tchidi movies… – See “Loosing You“)
-Acting quality: [2 out of 5] Pete Edochie! Please come back to us… don’t stray so far from us. I know the reason for your absenteeism might have something to do with the semi-hopeless situation it appears the industry is currently in, but your presence on screen makes it all semi-worthwhile. Sincerely, dedicated fan. Love Uche Elendu… the energy in this lady is immaculate and I really fill she is underestimated and needs to be given bigger roles. Tonto Dikeh. I won’t lie, I don’t feel like she gave a 100% to her role in this movie. Once in a while, her acting was great but in many-a-scene it seemed flat. I know Tonto can do better, or should I just blame it on the fact that it’s an old movie? Last but not least, Junior Pope Odonwodo! This is the first time I’m seeing him in a lead role in a movie and this is also one of the few times he is not playing a typical bad boy role (the other time, that I recall, was in “Twins on Fire“). As regards his rendition of the character, I think it was an ‘ok’ job. Taking into consideration that this was his first lead role. It lacked that fluidity that would be present if it was done by a seasoned actor.
-Setting: [3 out of 5] Ok
-Costume/Make-Up: [3 out of 5] Good
-Props and Graphics: [3 out of 5] Fair
-Video Quality: [2 out of 5] … one must also realize that this is an old movie so do not expect “Mirror Boy” standards
-Audio Quality [0 out of 5] Judging from the video I saw on Nollywood Love’s Youtube channel, the audio was crap. Extremely inconsistent. You just need to leave your fingers on the volume control as the sound is subject to change at any given moment.
-Soundtrack: [2 out of 5] Kind of tells the story but is also well suited to the movie
-Musical Score: [3 out of 5] Nicely done