NR ReviewGenre: Drama
POSITIVES:Queen Nwokoye's rendition
NEGATIVES:A cliched storyline.
As soon as I saw that this movie had Mekus Delalala (Chigozie Atuanya), I knew that I had to watch it. And my guy no fall hand.
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-Story: [2 out of 5] I think it’s an interesting story. It’s a story that has been done a million and one times over, yes! But most Igbo people would really not have a problem seeing it even though it’s cliched, unoriginal and predictable. All we know is that the movie is in igbo (Igbo kwenu); it’s that ‘Tribe Patriotism’ (if there’s such a thing) lol. And if you’re like me and wondering about the title of the movie? Doubting your igbo translation skills because you don’t know what ‘Murano’ means? Just wait till part 2…
-Originality: [0 out of 5] As I had stated earlier, there is absolutely no originality in this movie; and most of the people who choose to watch it know this. They do not expect a twist at the end or a surprise. Those who watch the movie till part 2 are definitely not watching for originality…
-Predictability: [0 out of 5] …and neither are they watching it because it’s unpredictable because from ‘on your marks’ the movie is set in stone.
-Directing/Editing: [2 out of 5] I commend the effort behind this movie, I really do. I’m grateful for a two part movie and this is probably one of the best subtitling (though not entirely accurate) that I’ve ever seen in an Igbo movie. The direction and cinematography were not that impressive, actually there was nothing impressive about it at all. Yet it wasn’t terrible!
-Acting quality: [2 out of 5] As soon as I saw that this movie had Mekus Delalala (Chigozie Atuanya), I knew that I had to watch it. And my guy no fall hand. If you’re expecting a repeat of the blackberry babes fire, however, then this probably isn’t the movie for you because his role in this movie was not as invigorating and exciting. However, if you are searching for that Ada Mbano fire from Queen Nwokoye then she does not fall hand. The lady is on fire. An amazing rendition. Now I’m having a problem separating her, as Queen Nwokoye, from the character she played. I thought Elvis, Ngozi and Vitalis carried their roles pretty well. As regards everybody else, acting was not that amazing neither was it that torturous. I realize that it must be a difficult task to find actual great actors who are capable of speaking the Igbo language.
-Setting: [2 out of 5] I was very irked by the settings in this movie from the couches to the curtains it just seemed like 21st century housing with 80s furniture (you know that kind where they still have tablecloth over the couches)
-Costume/Make-Up: [3 out of 5] For the most part, the costumes were… embarassing. What’s with all the plastic earrings and the outfits the females were wearing. I didn’t know what year the movie was made in when I started but after seeing the set and costumes, I estimated 2006 (2007 – worst case scenario).
-Props and Graphics: [3 out of 5] Not too bad
-Video Quality: [3 out of 5] Fair
-Audio Quality [2 out of 5] You need to leave your finger on the volume control for this one
-Soundtrack: [3 out of 5] Nicely done
-Musical Score: [3 out of 5] Ok