-Story: [3 out of 5] I think this movie has an amazingly fantabulous story… if only I knew what it was. The scenes are not in anyway organized properly. So this is what had happened with me for this movie (and will more likely than not, happen to you as well unless I just have exceptionally bad luck). I bought the movie online. DVD arrives and it states that “To Live Again” is the prequel to “True Forgiveness” ok na. So I start playing what I think is part 1 of to live again and the movie is going and it’s going pretty well. 10 minutes into it, I’m thinking ‘nah this is too good to be true, seems like a conclusion, if this is part 1 na wetin dem wan come act for part 2-4’. So I pause and go back to executiveimagemovies.com to make sure I’m not running mad and there again it says “To live again” is the prequel. I finish the movie and it ends appropriately. I hesitantly slot in part 2 of to live again and it goes over sequences that have been alluded to in part 1. Then I slot in part 1 of the sequel then part 2 and I am just… I’m confused at this point because the scenes are all over the place. Horribly horrible editing. And it’s really sad because it reduced the value of a potentially great film. I would still recommend seeing this movie, lol. Because there are not that many movies that are this entertaining (it’s appeal for me probably had something to do with the soundtrack but still watch it)
-Originality: [3 out of 5] Watching part 4 alone, I thought it was an awfully original concept. However, when I watched the other parts and pieced it all together you realize it’s still the same movie. The same motivations. The same reasons for acting. Same principles. Same morale being preached. But still an extremely entertaining version of ‘the same’.
-Predictability: [1 out of 5] It definitely goes down as you would expect it. And I have never been so happy to see a movie go exactly as I would expect.
-Directing/Editing: [2 out of 5] The fact that I could watch part 3 alone and get the entire movie tells me that the movie could definitely have been shorter. Yet, I wouldn’t pick on any specific scene and be like ‘that’s the one you should have thrown out’. The low points are for terrible editing, mediocre direction, and below expected camera work.
-Acting quality: [3 out of 5] You see, I started this movie and I looked at the cast and I thought “Huh! Chidi and Ini? Well that ought to be entertaining”… false. You can tell a lot about a movie by the cast. For me , if a movie stars Mercy Johnson or Tonto Dikeh or Mike Ezuruonye you can’t tell anything about the movie because those three would act in just about anything but you can rest assured that whatever scenes they are in will be amazing. However, for Ini and Chidi who are people who don’t have that huge of a body of work in 2012, I expected much. But I did bare in mind that Ini acted in that terrible runs movie “Wave of Glory” earlier this year and Chidi has way too many terrible movies from 2012 for me to even list them all. But I was certain that even if the movie was crap the acting would be really good or the sets would be really pretty and rich looking (cause you’d have to be really rich to afford to put both of them in a crappy movie) lol.
All jokes aside though, Ini and Chidi definitely did a good job in this movie. In a couple of scenes, Ini didn’t carry the ‘crippled’ thing well. Sometimes she would move her legs in ways that crippled people shouldn’t be able to. And other times it seemed as though the clutches were accessories as opposed to support-systems.
I won’t lie, I’m beginning to think that I might not love Chidi Mokeme as much as I thought I did. Either that or I’m becoming too critical for my own good. You know there’s a problem when you find faults in actors that you had originally thought were impeccable. Regardless, most of the time Chidi carried his role well, other times it seemed as though he was going through the motions.
I can’t but mention Juliet Chidinma aka Juliet Mgburukwe from ‘Ebube‘ (all these actors and actresses that keep switching their names eh… I won’t say there’s a special place in hell for you o but…). For some reason, I am really into this girl’s acting. I think she does quite an amazing job for a newcomer and I will definitely keep my eyes on her. Especially because I’ve only seen her in two works as at now (this and Ebube) and those were two completely different roles yet she carried them out very well. I love that she’s not sticking to a particular role type but experimenting, which is more than I can say about most experienced actors.
Yul Edochie. Somebody shout Hallelujah! Yul Edochie is NOT a prince… if there is any reason to watch this movie then that was it. When was the last time you saw Yul in a non-princely role? Can’t remember? Exactly
Loved seeing Rachel and Justus on screen again. Most of the extras tried. It was a good job in general
-Setting: [3 out of 5] Ok
-Costume/Make-Up: [3 out of 5] Bia, Chiemela! What’s up with all that wrapper that Ini Edo is tying on the poster?… costumes and make up were mostly on point
-Props and Graphics: [3 out of 5] Not bad
-Video Quality: [2 out of 5] I really just want to say ‘fair’ because I didn’t understand it most of the time, and much of the lighting was beneath expectation
-Audio Quality [2 out of 5] Between the background noises and inconsistency, it could have definitely been better
-Soundtrack: [4 out of 5] I absolutely loved loved loved the soundtrack
-Musical Score: [3 out of 5] Ok