NR ReviewGenre: Drama, Horror
POSITIVES:Only one part. Straight to the point
This movie had a striking resemblance to (what may or may not have been) Mercy Johnson’s breakout movie “The Maid” starring Eucharia Anunobi alongside Clem Ohameze again.
-Story: [2 out of 5] Before anything else, irokotv claims that this is a 2012 movie, yet the picture on the left (which is a clip from the movie) clearly says 2008. Do I take that as a prop mishap or is irokotv falsely advertising? #FoodForThought… on to matter. There’s something I’ve brought up in a couple reviews in the past called “the lazy man’s ending”. Now there are two basic lazy man endings to Nollywood movies that I’ve noticed since I started blogging and they are: 1) Do like Nelly and say ‘it was only just a dream’ or just stop the movie. That’s it! Stop the movie right there. Whether the point you ended at is reasonable or not just stop when you’re tired as if you ran out of film. Now, I won’t tell you which this movie employs so as not to ruin it, but it employs one. But unlike most other movies, and contrary to popular opinion, the ‘lazy man’s ending’ was actually suitable for the movie.
-Originality: [1 out of 5] This movie had a striking resemblance to (what may or may not have been) Mercy Johnson’s breakout movie “The Maid” starring Eucharia Anunobi alongside Clem Ohameze again. The same basic motifs with a couple new twists.
-Predictability: [2 out of 5] Did I see the ‘lazy man’s ending’ coming? No! But did I see everything else coming? Yes! (well… for the most part)
-Directing/Editing: [3 out of 5] There has been constant debate on the comments about Desmond’s directing capabilities (which at times led to name slurring and unnecessary threats – hence the reason all comments on NR are now moderated). In the course of the argument, someone made a very valid point which was simply that Desmond only recently started directing and should not be compared to other well established/great directors. Give him time to make his mistakes and learn from it. I’d say that I think Oga Des is making slow and steady improvements. However, for the last couple of scenes, I felt like Moses Inwang would have done a better job directing them (especially after seeing “Private Enemy“) especially if the original intent was for it to be a scary movie
-Acting quality: [2 out of 5] I was stumbling on exactly how many points this movie should get for acting quality because on the one hand we have Ini, Clem and Bishop killing it and on the other hand we have Ginnefine and Morris doing ‘whatever they want to call what it was they were doing’. So is it a 4 or a 3? Are Ini, Clem and Bishop’s strong acting skills strong enough to compensate for the lack of skills in the other actors. Or do the strengths of the good actors and the weaknesses of the bad cancel each other out (Yes! This really is all the thought that goes into picking a single number). Eventually I concluded that there are about 5 actors in this movie and there are 5 points available so… I did the most natural thing lol. Many a times in this movie did I feel like calling it quits and continuing tomorrow (which would probably never happen as is evidenced by the long list of movies I have started and still haven’t finished) but Bishop’s character kept me going. The guy is just a marvelous dunce that keeps you going all the way. Oh the hilarity!… Why o why won’t anyone just realize that Morris Sesay no sabi act? Please stay put behind the cameras. I was even about to adjust my position with him after the first few scenes of the movie (in which his role was not that pronounced) but when the camera now came and focused specifically on him? The actor that he’s not came to the surface and it was back to square one. Why do they keep pairing old people with young people is what I don’t understand? Isn’t Clem old enough to be Ini’s father? Anywho… Clem and Ini did a good job. Ginnefine? Uhm… more work is needed is all I can say.
-Setting: [3 out of 5] I just now realized that this movie had only one set. Impressive!
-Costume/Make-Up: [2 out of 5] Generally on point. Not really impressed by Gineffine’s witch makeup (like somebody just recently discovered the black eye shadow on the palette)
-Props and Graphics: [3 out of 5] I think one fabulous thing about this movie is how they used style style to insult the institution of baba alawos. Everything from the supposed Native Doctor’s demands (13 shells of tortoise? 13 guords of palmwine?) to his incantations was just an obvious mockery of the idea, which I applaud.(by the way, NUND – Nigerian Union of Native Doctors – has informed of your actions, RAA, and are coming to get you for degrading their occupation)
-Video Quality: [3 out of 5] Randomly ‘sepias’ in some scenes.
-Audio Quality [1 out of 5] I don’t know if it’s just irokotv but mine seemed to mute at some scenes. That coupled with changing timbres and up and down audio is equivalent to the score you see
-Soundtrack: [3 out of 5] Ok
-Musical Score: [3 out of 5] Not bad