Stronger than Pain
NR ReviewGenre: Drama
POSITIVES:Amazing rendition from Kate and Nkem
“I’m not drunk! To love my wife, do I need to drink? Look! This woman has gotten me. This woman has enveloped me with her sexual attraction. To be honest with you, Obioma, I have never met any woman who does things to me on bed like she does. When we are making love, she whispers sweet nothings into my ears. She touches me in such sensitive places. Those things… I am weak… If you call that one weakness, so be it! But I know it is love”
-Story: [3 out of 5] A mix of humor (I mean, this IS an Osuofia movie), moral, “romance?” and yet thought provoking. “Thought provoking”? You might ask (if you’ve seen this movie before that is), what is so thought provoking about a wife beating her husband (No! I did not just ruin the movie for you, that was in the synopsis)? If you are a man, think to yourself, would you stay with a wife like Eringa? Eh? Would you? (…especially the igbo men… #okbye). There you go… your thought has just been… provoked.
-Originality: [3 out of 5] Most of the appeal of this movie comes from the fact that I’ve never seen it before…. The movie does kind of remind me of Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew”…
-Predictability: [4 out of 5] *SPOILER ALERT* …Just that in the end, the shrew is not tamed. But I’d have to admit that the best part (if not the most worrisome part) of this movie, was that it did not end as I had originally thought it would. In the end, Eringa does not miraculously transform to this perfect modern day “Stepford Wife”. She stays true to her character and just shoves that Nollywood stereotyped ending up the wall.
-Directing/Editing: [3 out of 5] Oh dear Tchidi Chikere, may God bless you for two part movies. I thought this movie was brilliant. Seemed like more effort was put into it than many of the recent Tchidi Chikere movies I’ve seen
-Acting quality: [4 out of 5] You’ve seen Nkem Owoh as Osuofia, the dubious. You’ve seen Nkem Owoh, as the cheat. As the philanderer. As the cunning. But have you seen Nkem Owoh as the subdued? The test of a true actor (at least in my dictionary) is the degree of his flexibility. And if anyone ever doubted his flexibility before then may that person be put to shame now (***insert Mountain of Fire shouts here***). Kate Henshaw is breathtaking. I mean Eringa is a tiger… no a lion… no a… Nna what I’m trying to say is that the lady is fire! Simple and short. I absolutely absolutely loved Ebube’s rendition of her character (in fact, I think I might miss her on screen…). The extras in this movie were actually pretty good. Better than the average collection of fillers in your typical Nollywood movie. So then why is the acting in this movie not a 5? Because, even though the acting was good it wasn’t great.
-Setting: [3 out of 5] Good
-Costume/Make-Up: [3 out of 5] Job well done
-Props and Graphics: [3 out of 5] On Point
-Video Quality: [4 out of 5] Nicely done
-Audio Quality [2 out of 5] Fair
-Soundtrack: [3 out of 5] Lovely
-Musical Score: [3 out of 5] Nicely done