Cry of a Widow
NR ReviewGenre: Drama
As I said before, it wasn’t what I had expected from the title (but that’s my fault for not reading the synopsis). Looking past the deceit of the title, it was a fair enough story. I think Mercy makes any movie tolerable.
-Story: [3 out of 5] As I said before, it wasn’t what I had expected from the title (but that’s my fault for not reading the synopsis). Looking past the deceit of the title, it was a fair enough story. I think Mercy makes any movie tolerable.
-Originality: [2 out of 5] The campus theme, the ‘source of wealth’ et. al have all been done before. And as regards the lesbianism aspect, in as much as the synopsis makes it seem as though that’s the main focus of the movie (bear in mind that the synopsis is from irokotv), the lesbianism theme wasn’t really explored that much within the movie. So if you’re avoiding the movie because you think it’s some kind of Tonto Dikeh + Muna Obiekwe in “Men in Love” then run no more because all there was in this movie was a walk to the bedroom followed by a black screen and opening with Mercy waking up on a bed beside Patience. And that was literally IT for the lesbianism aspect of the movie. Besides, hasn’t Genevieve (or was it Maureen Solomon) done a lesbianism movie with an older woman already?
-Predictability: [1 out of 5] It ends exactly as you would think and it progresses somewhat as the average viewer would predict.
-Directing/Editing: [1 out of 5] A couple problems here like for starters… it was in more than 3 parts. There were a couple overly prolonged scenes (eg party scenes). Some very unnecessary flashbacks that would have been better off as narrations and some non-subtitled igbo scenes.
-Acting quality: [3 out of 5] I thought Mercy Johnson piecesed the acting. Mama G was on point as always (both as a Millionaire Widow and as a Crying Widow). I was really impressed, as I’m always of recent, with Queen Nwokoye. I feel she’s really underestimated (if that’s the word) and needs to be given bigger roles (not only in Igbo movies). Someone that stood out for me was Miltex Ene Ogiri who played the role of ‘Ijeoma’. I realize she has been acting for a while now but the first time I really noticed her was in “Fulton Mansion” alongside Ini Edo and Stephanie Okereke. I always get the feeling that she’s too old for the roles she’s given (even though everyone else she’s acting alongside with in this movie – Chika Ike et al – were equally too old, hers was glaring)
-Setting: [3 out of 5] Ok
-Costume/Make-Up: [3 out of 5] No major faults
-Props and Graphics: [2 out of 5] I was actually quite under-impressed by the police scene in the end
-Video Quality: [2 out of 5] Could have been better
-Audio Quality [1 out of 5] Needed to eliminate background noises. The audio timbre was constantly fluctuating and some times one needs to increase the volume and then decrease it again
-Soundtrack: [3 out of 5] Fair
-Musical Score: [3 out of 5] OkCry of a Widow,