‘Hamza’ was the first Hausa movie I ever saw (and last) and I’m not certain it really counts as an Hausa/Kannywood movie because most of the dialogue was in English, but for argument sake, let’s call it an Hausa movie. On first viewing, Hamza is arguably a pretty impressive watch, it’s mildly original and addresses a different subject matter from other storylines. Taking that into account, one must still point out that the story did seem to drag and could have been shorter.
-Originality: [1 out of 5]
The main theme was the same as that of many other movies: Rich guy falls for poor girl, is forced to marry poor girl, will love prevail in the end? However, this over explored theme is done in a different context, all the way in the north. The originality is in the approach, the scenery, the set, the back drop, and such.
-Predictability: [1 out of 5]
Even though the movie does go exactly as imagined, the predictability factor does not extend through the entirety of the movie
-Directing/Editing: [2 out of 5]
I personally believed the movie could have been shorter, because as I said earlier, many a scene did seem to drag. The cinematography was not half impressive. It was a nice effort but still a long way to go especially with the Action directing.
-Acting quality: [3 out of 5]
Standout performance was definitely Omotola! This is mainly because you see her in a different light in this movie (didn’t know she could speak Hausa either). There is no other way of phrasing it other than ‘different’. The role for Omo-T was different and she was able to carry it out effortlessly in my opinion.
Asides from OmoT, I especially loved the renditions of Akume Akume, Olu Jacobs, and Esther Audu. Can hardly stand that neckless man that played Ali Nuhu’s character’s father. Felt like Ladi J. Torty could have done much better. And Ali Nuhu wasn’t doing it for me at all in this movie.
Most of the extras in this movie could act.
-Setting: [3 out of 5]
Loved the northern scenery, interesting palace sets
-Costume/Make-Up: [4 out of 5]
Especially liked the outfits in the movie; effort was put in.
-Props and Graphics: [2 out of 5]
Amazing props, not so amazing graphics
-Video Quality: [2 out of 5]
Was on point generally but had bad lighting in many scenes
-Audio Quality [3 out of 5]
-Soundtrack: [4 out of 5]
Mostly instrumentals that captured what I’ve come to relate with the Northern sounds.
Besides being corny to the extent of being puke-worthy, this movie honestly reminds me of true Nollywood romance movies. After watching this movie, you realize how far our modern definiton of African romance movies have strayed from the original definition.
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