Adams Apples: New Beginnings
NR ReviewGenre: Drama
POSITIVES:Shirley Frimpong never ceases to deliver new amazing twists
NEGATIVES:The only negative I can think of is that the series is over.
A sizzling new addition to Barns & McCarby kills any chance Kukua could ever have with Denu. Kukua’s depression drives the family to the breathtaking Lou Moon, where they support each other to face the single life. The odds may be against everyone, but perhaps the end will really justify the means.
-Story: [5 out of 5] The Adams Apples Series has finally come to an end (however which way you see that) and I must finally make a detailed review of everything (and when I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING!) So forgive me ahead of time because this will be long.
It’s finally chapter 10 (Happy Endings. New Beginnings), and even after 10 chapters, Shirley is still able to throw twists into the mix of a ‘supposedly’ concluding storyline (I call that skill). Looking back at the movie, Shirley was successful in making this movie ‘more than a conqueror’ (lol). I say that because the movie is a multi-faceted success. Everything from costumes to set to acting is on point but one must not forget the point of a movie which is the story. The fascinating thing about the Adams Apples movies is the wide range of topics it touches on (if not fully addresses). Conquering love in the face of age differences (Jennifer and Gerald). How to deal with competitive love (Kukua and Deno). The ability to discern lust from love, a quest for adventure and a lean towards reality (Baaba and Chris). Dealing with the mistakes of the past (Mrs. Adams and Alfred). Being able to accept the imperfection of others, the imperfection of self (Alfred and Michelle). Realizing when something is not yours and the power to let go (Chidi and Kukua). Realizing that the straight way, as opposed to the crooked, just might be the easy way out (Ivy and Jennifer). Above all, realizing the importance of family and trusting God to work things out… his way, and in his own time (The Adams Apples).
-Originality: [4 out of 5] The Adams Apples is an innovative combination of familiar themes
-Predictability: [3 out of 5] After seeing the poster, I had originally that that they’d all just get married to their better half in the end but, obviously, that didn’t happen. Wait! Have I ruined it for you? (lol… not in so many words)
-Directing/Editing: [5 out of 5] Of late, I’ve felt very uncomfortable with the concept of giving perfect scores in directing/editing (i.e general production) to any movie. Especially when looking at the level of our productions in comparison with that of other movie industries. In as much as I do not like comparing Nollywood/Ghallywood with other woods, it is still undeniable that there is room for improvement and doning out perfect scores for production might be misleading…. ehm… all that one sha na food for thought. I shall take that into consideration on subsequent reviews because the fact remains that Shirley Frimpong’s level of production is ‘high class’ in comparison with a majority of the productions out of our industry.
-Acting quality: [4 out of 5] I was watching a behind the scenes/’the making’ video for ‘The Adams Apples Series’ and in one clip, I remember Joselyn speaking on how Shirley had given her her first big break in the movie industry (I think that was in “The Perfect Picture”). Looking back now, who would have thought that in the space of 2-3 years (I think that’s how long it’s been at least), she would blossom into such a strong actress (emphasis on strength).
If I were to pick the best Ghanaian actress in modern day Ghallywood, taking into consideration choice of scripts, strength of skill and frequency of appearance (and completely ignoring useless movies like “The Queen and I“), I’d have to choose Yvonne Okoro (at least in her age group). She’s an amazing actress who needs to realize her worth and stop acting useless movies.
Radio host turned actress, Naa Ashorkor Mensah-Doku is what I’d like to call versatility in a box. Yes, there are some times when it feels like her acting might be a bit weak in a couple of scenes. But her ‘weak’ beats the strongest of some of the big names in our industry today.
Since the series started, I have nothing but love for Mrs. Adams, Anima Misa Amoah. Haven’t seen her in any production except this and hopefully we’ll see her in more after this.
And between ‘acting personified’ (Adjetey Anang), ‘nearly there’ (Ebi Bright), ‘embodiment of complacence – yet still skilled’ (John Dumelo), ‘live wire’ (Vincent Maccaulay), ‘still working through his awkwardness’ (Gerald), ‘progressive improvement’ (Helen Asante), ‘the relatable home girl’ (Roselyn Ngissah), ‘still unsure’ (Soul Knight Jazz), ‘the fire in a dress’ (Zynell Lydia Zuh), and ‘conviction in every line’ (Eric) we have the sexy sassy wahala that we’ve come to know this past year as ‘The Adams Apples’
-Setting: [5 out of 5] I have never been to Ghana but when, if ever, I do, I hope to see Ghana through the eyes of Shirley.
-Costume/Make-Up: [5 out of 5] So… uhm… now that the movie is over shey Joselyn will transfer all her outfits to me?
-Props and Graphics: [4 out of 5] On Point
-Video Quality: [5 out of 5] Well done
-Audio Quality [4 out of 5] Good
-Soundtrack: [5 out of 5] Lovely
-Musical Score: [5 out of 5] Nicely done
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