NR ReviewGenre: Suspense
POSITIVES:a different genre type for nollywood
NEGATIVE:a very slow story
-Story: [2 out of 5] In as much as I wish the suspense was built around something more (I dunno) thrilling than that which it was centered on, it’s still a fair enough storyline. -Originality: [2 out of 5] For the most part, No! But (as D’banj would say) the ‘koko’ of the story […]
-Story: [2 out of 5] In as much as I wish the suspense was built around something more (I dunno) thrilling than that which it was centered on, it’s still a fair enough storyline.
-Originality: [2 out of 5] For the most part, No! But (as D’banj would say) the ‘koko’ of the story was the same old. *SPOILER* I wish it didn’t all just come down to young love and a fight for the throne; motifs that Pete Edochie and Alex Usifo have explored to the death
-Predictability: [3 out of 5] The viewer doesn’t see anything coming until the movie maker wants you to see it (aka until it’s revealed or hinted at)
-Directing/Editing: [2 out of 5] Love that the movie was only in 2 parts but I just could not understand why the camera was zooming and counter zooming. It will start from outside… zoom in mid way… and then now come and pan in on the face and then zoom back out again… bia, are you confused? I realize that it’s supposed to be for some sort of artistic effect but that effect completely skipped me.
-Acting quality: [2 out of 5] Mike Ezuruonye did that which he knows how to do best: Act! Loved his performance the most in the movie followed by that of Jibola Dabor. Everyone else found a way to irk me. Walter Anga: I’m usually team Anga ma-na (but) I don’t understand what he was doing in this movie. The role either didn’t suit him or he was just not able to carry it out to conviction (whichever fits better). I was extremely unimpressed by Emmanuel Armah’s performance. This is not the first time I’m seeing him on set but he just didn’t sell the performance and neither did Ms. Eke (Chacha). Chacha’s performance was exuding too much ‘fake’ for me to take it seriously. Extras were mostly weak actors
-Setting: [3 out of 5] Good. Same palace set as in “Queen’s Desire“
-Costume/Make-Up: [2 out of 5] Didn’t understand some of Chacha’s royal adornments and her hair in some scenes, but exempting that… all’s well that ends well.
-Props and Graphics: [2 out of 5] Generally good, I was wondering though. Is it all guns that smoke after the trigger is pulled? Or just the ones in Nollywood movies? Or just the ones in Nigeria?
-Video Quality: [3 out of 5] Good
-Audio Quality [4 out of 5] Well done
-Soundtrack: [3 out of 5] Fair
-Musical Score: [3 out of 5] Nicely done