Wind of Glory
NR ReviewGenre: Family, Romance
POSITIVES:Good acting. Introduces new actors
-Story: [4 out of 5] Many have a tendency to list “Wind of Glory” when asked to name a few of Genevieve Nnaji classics (if not just a list of Nollywood classics) and for good reason, I’d say. Unlike most other movies I’m acquitted with these days, Wind of Glory has a story. Not just [...]
-Story: [4 out of 5] Many have a tendency to list “Wind of Glory” when asked to name a few of Genevieve Nnaji classics (if not just a list of Nollywood classics) and for good reason, I’d say. Unlike most other movies I’m acquitted with these days, Wind of Glory has a story. Not just any story, but a story that makes sense. One that does not insult my intelligence (do you know how rare that is? Not one of those “blackberry babes” nonsense)
-Originality: [1 out of 5] but like there is for most good things, there is obviously a downside. And for this one, it’s in originality. A couple weeks/months ago, the review for the 2007 Frank Rajah movie, “Darkness of Sorrow” starring Nadia Buari and Van Vicker, was published. Lest I sound like a broken record, here is an excerpt from that review:
“The movie Darkness of Sorrow was produced mid-2006 released really late 2007 that it just became classified as a 2007 movie. However, the movie “Wind of Glory” was produced early 2007 (after this movie had been released) and released mid/late 2007 in August. Now what most reviewers don’t take into account is another movie that was released early 2006 (24th of February to be exact) and produced in 2005. This movie is titled “Humko Tumse Pyaar Hai“. And as you can guess it is indeed a Bollywood movie starring Bobby Deol, Ameesha Patel and (the o-so-hot…) Arjun Rampal. Same storyline. Same lines. Same everything. In fact, Tchidi’s copying is actually quite mild because he changes some things and leaves out details like the pottery making aspect. Hence, one can really excuse his copying. But Frank? The guy stole everything from A to Z”
And what is my point? To state it simply, the basic ideas behind this movie were ripped from either the Ghanaian movie, “Darkness of Sorrow” or the Indian Movie “Humko Tumse Pyaar Hai”.
-Predictability: [2 out of 5] Not very predictable, unless of course you’ve seen the other versions.
-Directing/Editing: [2 out of 5] Bless your soul dear Tchidi for non-four part movies, bless you bless you BLESS YOU! (…And now that we’ve got that covered, onto other things…) there were a couple shaky camera scenes here and there, but most of my frustration arose from the overly prolonged scenes. I might sound like an insatiable ingrate here, but dare I say that if all the overly prolonged scenes were cut short the movie could have been done in two parts. *runs and hides*
-Acting quality: [3 out of 5] Genevieve Nnaji. Let’s just say that, if this was the first time I had ever seen her on screen, you’d have a hard time convincing me that she was not actually blind in real life. When it comes to the question of Genevieve’s acting skills ****car tire screeches to a halt*** WHAT QUESTION? There is no question abeg… unto other things. Desmond Elliot. His fans/non-fans (I think what they call it nowadays is, “haters”) are split evenly (I siddon on top the line… one leg on each side). Considering that his role did not really call for anything drastically challenging or severely different (just like John Dumelo in a CEO role… AGAIN!), I thought Oga Desmond did it justice. For most, this was the first time seeing Yul Edochie on screen. This was the movie in which we all fell in love with him (…and subconsciously threw him into the pit of stereotyped lover boy roles – which he has only recently began to break away from). I love Linc Edochie but I’d say one of the most impressive performances in this movie was Ofia Mbaka. He succeeded in making me HATE him. So much so that now I can’t see him in any other movie without remembering what he did in this one (if the guy like, make him play the role of Jesus descended, the impression has been made). By the way, what happened to the guy that plays the role of Genevieve’s brother? I’d think that by now he’d have made a name for himself but na so the guy take disappear from Nolly…
-Setting: [3 out of 5] OK
-Costume/Make-Up: [3 out of 5] Good
-Props and Graphics: [3 out of 5] OK
-Video Quality: [2 out of 5] Depends on where you watch it. If you watch it anywhere that isn’t irokotv.com, you will need to take into consideration the fact that this is an old movie.
-Audio Quality [2 out of 5] Fluctuates…
-Soundtrack: [3 out of 5] Fair
-Musical Score: [3 out of 5] Nicely done