NR ReviewGenre: Drama
POSITIVES:Frederick Leonard in a lead role
NEGATIVE:Not a very interesting movie
And it turned out in the end that I was duped because both barely had that many scenes or that relevant of a role. Infact, if you take out Yvonne Nelson’s character, not only would we be able to cut the length of the movie (not by that much though cos she was barely in the movie) but the viewer would miss absolutely nothing.
-Story: [2 out of 5] I have now come to the realization that a movie need not be in four or six parts to be excruciatingly long. Two part movies can be torturous (and I arrived at this conclusion barely halfway into part one). Yes maybe it’s a good storyline but it is also a huge bore. Personally, I thought it was movie I had to ‘endure’ as opposed to a movie I ‘enjoyed’. This would be fine but unfortunately movies weren’t made to be endured (at least I don’t think so). If you think too much about the happenings from scene to scene, you stand a risk of realizing the stupidity of it all (like in which world does a lawyer read a will to family when the entire family is not present). So do yourself a favor, and don’t think too much about it
-Originality: [1 out of 5] Recurring themes of vengeance, accidental love, aristo… all things we’ve seen before. Not really much that is new with this movie. And whilst we are on the matter, I just wanted to point out that I’m really irked by the fact that irokotv (or is iroko partners) keeps patronizing crap. Well not in so many words but still… I’d expect movies they are involved with to be different, awe-inspiring, revolutionary. I thought the mission was to present the BEST of Nollywood to the world. Not to contribute to the bottom pile by producing recycled storylines with a different cast and a different movie title
-Predictability: [1 out of 5] I don’t think there was a single thing you couldn’t see coming and this is probably because most things are made plain in the beginning. Not much is concealed from the viewer. But it was all just a bore to watch so…. (moving on)
-Directing/Editing: [2 out of 5] This movie is just too long. Yes! It’s in 2 parts but 2 parts of appr. 2 hours each. That is equivalent to 4 hours. That is bordering on Avatar – Sound of Music length. And for what? For a recycled storyline? Mbanu (No way)… there is no reason for this
-Acting quality: [3 out of 5] I must say that I watched this movie for two reasons: Yvonne Nelson and Femi Brainard. And it turned out in the end that I was duped because both barely had that many scenes or that relevant of a role. Infact, if you take out Yvonne Nelson’s character, not only would we be able to cut the length of the movie (not by that much though cos she was barely in the movie) but the viewer would miss absolutely nothing. I feel duped because I endured 4 hours due to false advertising. But be that as it may the others who actually had roles did a good enough job carrying the movie.
Maryann Apollo was definitely the star of the movie. Not a fan of the role but her rendition was spot on. The energy, the vibrancy… you can follow her character (if you choose to ‘endure’ this movie). Brings life to the screen and has enough spark to ignite the entire scene.
Frederick Leonard. It’s no secret that I used to love you. And I say used to because that fire is not there anymore. I think Mr. Leonard did a ‘good enough’ job with this movie but could definitely do better. Some of his emotional scenes were grossly lacking and at some point I felt like he needed to dig a little deeper (I will shut up now lest I begin to sound like an American Idol judge ‘find the voice within… don’t hold back’ – Paula Abdul)
I actually liked Oge Okoye in this movie. Now, Oge Okoye’s acting is not exactly versatility embodied. It’s acting Oge style… she does it the same way in every movie but I can’t complain because at least she does it. Let’s first shoot down the ones that don’t do anything at all before we zone in on the mono-themed actors.
-Setting: [3 out of 5] Ok
-Costume/Make-Up: [2 out of 5] I realize that Maryann’s character is supposed to be sluttish and for every sluttish character in a Nollywood movie, a costume similar to that of Ms. Apollo is always donned. Is there a reason why we can’t find better outfits for sluts? I mean for Pete’s sake this lady is carrying 2 basketballs on her chest and you have her running around in lingerie that looks like it’s designed for C-cups. Like I said in the “Two Hearts” review, you can’t wish breast sizes away you better dress accordingly and we need to find clothes more befitting to body types in Nollywood. This thing is becoming shameful
-Props and Graphics: [3 out of 5] Not bad
-Video Quality: [2 out of 5] blurry in some scenes. Vivid in others. Make up your mind and give me HD please
-Audio Quality [3 out of 5] Inconsistent in some
-Soundtrack: [2 out of 5] Ok!
-Musical Score: [3 out of 5] Not bad