Behind The Melody
NR ReviewGenre: Drama
POSITIVES:Teaches a moral
NEGATIVE:Bad audio and extras
Didn’t understand some of the ‘things’ they had Ini wearing. Can we please look at a person’s body type before we straddle them in fabric? Something about good for the goose and not for the gander
-Story: [2 out of 5] It was a very touching story, granted! Had a moral, had a point, had a purpose and possibly moved some people to tears, maybe. To state it simply, the story aspect of the film is holistically amazing but individually lacking. The story could have been better had some things been better developed and other things explained (like for instance, how is a homeless mother able to afford to send her child to school when she can barely afford to feed her?)
-Originality: [2 out of 5] Depending on how you look at it, this movie can feign originality or seem overdone.
-Predictability: [2 out of 5] Looking at the cast alone (and assuming you don’t know who Hoom Suk is) you can already tell the bad guy. It’s not hard to tell the direction the movie is going in because all has already been told. People who watch this movie definitely do not watch it for the suspense
-Directing/Editing: [3 out of 5] I always say that I’m kind of a bandwagon fan, but not in the conventional sense of it. I relate to Nigerian movie actors and directors like the friend you pray against having. Meaning, when the director is good I praise you and when you’re bad I do the opposite. Watching Nollywood movies have taught me one of many things which is that everyone is subject to change: a great director today can equal a horrid director tomorrow. For some reason, in this movie, I got a different Moses Inwang. A Moses Inwang very very far from the Moses I’m used to. I’d like to give him credit and divert the blame… maybe the movie was too low budget, maybe he’s only good at directing thrillers like “Private Enemy“. Whatever the case may be, the directing falls short. It falls very very short. In fact, I had to go back and make sure that it was the same Moses Inwang that directed this film
-Acting quality: [2 out of 5] Most, if not all, of the extras definitely fell short. And those who weren’t horrid through out the length of their screen-time, were horrid at one point or the other during the movie. This is not the best of Ini Edo we’ve ever seen, but then again, it’s not the worst. Her performance was ok. It neither falls short nor is it anything impressive. Jim Iyke did not have that much screen time and when he did he was doing the usual ‘Jim-Iyke’ thing. Nothing new here. Hoom Suk, however… Hoom really shocked me in this movie. I was full of praise for Hoom after I had first seen him in “White Waters“. In fact, if I had no other reason to watch this movie I was betting that he would make the movie amazing. But now I know that not every director can pull out the best in an actor like Izu Ojukwu was able to do with Hoom in “White Waters”. It was not a terrible performance, don’t get me wrong, but it fell short. It fell very very short from the Hoom I knew and thought I loved.
-Setting: [4 out of 5] Lovely Obudu cattle ranch scenery. Sets were mostly on point
-Costume/Make-Up: [2 out of 5] Didn’t understand some of the ‘things’ they had Ini wearing. Can we please look at a person’s body type before we straddle them in fabric? Something about good for the goose and not for the gander (can’t remember the adage right now). Asides from that and Hoom’s boob-showing tee in the end, most were on point.
-Props and Graphics: [3 out of 5] Not bad
-Video Quality: [3 out of 5] Good
-Audio Quality [2 out of 5] Saw this movie on irokotv and the timbres were constantly fluctuating.
-Soundtrack: [3 out of 5] Ok!
-Musical Score: [3 out of 5] Ok