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House of Gold

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Posted July 26, 2013 by in Comedy
House-of-Gold

Rating

Story
35%


Originality
05%


Predictability
12%


Directing/Production
40%


Acting
30%


Music
45%


Total Score
28%

28/ 100

NR Review

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Synopsis: Dab Ansah Williams, a high flying entrepreneur/business mogul, polygamist and socialite, is battling with cancer and has 6 weeks left to live according to medical practitioners. With the help of his long time associate and legal representative, he embarks on a mission to call all his children back home – most of whom were born out of wedlock and various illicit affairs.
 
Parts/Divisions: The movie, House of Gold, has only one part: House of Gold part 1
 
Memorable Lines/Scenes: "With all due respect sir, I'd like to ask you a favor. Would it be possible that for the duration of this flight you'd shut up?" - Majid Michel; "Rule number one: men prefer flesh to bones" - Omawumi
 
Cast: Yvonne Nelson, Majid Michel, Ice Prince, Omawunmi, Eddie Watson, Francis Odega, Luckie Lawson, Mercy Chinwo, Dream Debo, Bismark Nii Odoi
 

POSITIVES:

Funny movie
 

NEGATIVES:

Some bad actors here and there
 
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This movie is not going to change the world, the movie is not going to move mountains but it’s going to make for quite an entertaining evening and a fun watch. The story behind ‘House of Gold’ is nothing spectacular, misplaced children of a millionaire reconvene at his mansion in his dying days as part of his last wish to unite his family.

by Nollywood REinvented
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First of all, I must commend Yvonne Nelson as a producer; she went from ‘Single and Married‘, a movie with absolutely no point to this, ‘House of Gold’ a movie about something tangible at least. Like the former, this movie is not going to change the world, the movie is not going to move mountains but it’s going to make for quite an entertaining evening and a fun watch.

The story behind ‘House of Gold’ is nothing spectacular, misplaced children of a millionaire reconvene at his mansion in his dying days as part of his last wish to unite his family. It’s simple and it’s easy but the movie is filled with many surprises. These surprises are not, might add, in the plot line but in the entire viewing experience.

The movie has an unconventional cast as it stars some of Ghana’s, some of Nigeria’s, and some music stars that have probably never acted before. But whilst Omawumi is a pleasant surprise, Ice Prince’s performance falls hard again and again. However, thankfully he only has a passing role such that his performance is negligible, and we thank God that acting is  not his day job.

However, the star of the moment is definitely Francis Odega as he delivers laugh after laugh after laugh with such amazing comic timing. His entrance, even though it was after big names like Omawumi, Majid and Yvonne, signifies the actual beginning of the movie. The movie starts when he appears and he carries it along. I want to call him a comic relief but the entire movie is a comedy.

The movie does thread the path of romance and emotions with Majid’s character and his love affair with… (well you’re going to have to watch and find out). The entire thing seemed reminiscent of Van and Jackie’s love affair in “Princess Tyra” in a manner that was insanely endearing. Majid Michel does this thing that only he can do, it appears, where he comes on the screen barely says that many lines and lights our hearts on fire.

The story behind “House of Gold” is a bit reminiscent of ‘Who Killed Pa Reuben’, without the killing, and ‘In the Cupboard‘ without the lack of direction. It takes this storyline that we are becoming a little too familiar with and injects it with humor, inserts an array of fine actors, decorates them with pretty clothes and puts them in a gorgeous house then it presents you, the viewer, with a light-hearted easy to watch comedy.

The performances in this movie were mostly fair. Yvonne Nelson is in her comfort zone as a pretty girl with pretty girl problems, Majid doesn’t know how to do anything else but deliver, Omawumi is full of surprises, Luckie Lawson is well suited to her role – I can not see anyone else doing it, Bismark is always a delight to see on screen, and who can ignore the last minute appearance of the director, Pascal Amanfo, as a disabled son of the late millionaire. However, even though the movie has its plus side there are a couple disappointing acts. For one if we are going to get someone who is supposed to be gay, yet funny, and fit into that whole stereotypical homosexual exuberant type, then just hire Denrele, don’t get a Denrele knock-off. The little girl really wasn’t doing it for me on any level. She could have been funny… but… not really. And aside from those most other actors try but miss occasionially.

As regards the entire production, call me cheesy but I adore the use of music in this movie. There are random Bernie-Anti-signature sounds in this movie for dramatic moments, romantic moments and the likes, the introduction of Ice Prince’s character with his own music, the (this has nothing to do with the music) maid singing Omawumi’s “Serious Love Nwantinti”. The asides in the movie take some getting used to because at some point I’m not certain if it is an aside, if everyone else can hear the character, is she only talking to me, or is she talking to everyone else?

House of Gold is ‘nothing spectacular’, but it is ‘nothing spectacular’ dressed in pretty clothes and filled with many comic momentsHouse of Gold, 4.0 out of 10 based on 4 ratings


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12 Comments


  1.  
    sunday

    majid majid majid-i might not know why,but wait i do know why….but the truth is he is highly fascinating

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  2.  
    Ndeye

    Love everything abt the movie!!

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  3.  
    Iyke

    I thought this movie reminded me of a movie , I just remembered reading this review… Is it for lack of stories that they copy or remake Nollywood movies now?

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  4.  
    Alaafia

    The movie could have been great if not for many of its slow moving parts, many unnecessary scenes, and characters coming into the picture that have no purpose whatsoever. I still don’t know (maybe I didn’t hear correctly, or at all) what the little girl’s character was about. Also, I thought that there really was a disconnect with all of the characters that were supposed to be siblings – it was if everyone was thrown together, but the only thing we know is that Timara and Nina were rivals since childhood. I do think, however, that there were some good parts to it that were moving, one of the obvious ones being the relationship started between Majid’s character and the maid. Loved Omawumi – she had me on my seat! Again, it was a good movie, just some loose ends needed to be tied, and some scenes needed to be taken out (especially many of the long comic relief ones).

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  5.  

    Oge, Oge, Oge. You are being extremely nice o. Now I am even more motivated to release my review of this film. I was molested by this film. My mind was offended at me, it just kept saying, ‘Why! Why, would you do this to me?’

    On the other hand, I laughed, then I laughed some more, and then I laughed at myself for laughing but at the end of the day I was like…… Lord, forgive me for I did not know I would get myself into this mess of a film.

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      Lol then your mind must be virgin because if this one was molesting you, some of the other movies will outright assault you lol.

      That’s the thing, I don’t think this movie is anything but a flat comedy. Thinking too much of it is a waste of time, it’s a leave-your-brain-at-home kind of thing. Else you find yourself over analyzing it and it simply becomes torture

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        Ha, my mind is o. I did not do enough research IMO. and to be honest all the promo materials I saw said drama, so I was sorely deceived. In fact the only reason I watched it was cos I couldn’t make the timing for Torn.

        Now unto it being a flat comedy, if I had known it was that, I would never have been tempted (I would have carried my head on my shoulders and taken to my heels). I don’t even watch Hollywood comedies in the cinema and I carried my head to watch this…. Kai

        You gave video quality 77, I give it 40. It was poor, really poor.

        My opinion, Straight to DVD should have been the case with this. This movie is not worth the cinema $$$.

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          Yeah, I was thinking about it and I just couldn’t fathom from which angle this movie would be anything but a comedy. And I agree, I wouldn’t have watched it if I knew it was a comedy. I also don’t like Comedies especially Nollywood/Ghallywood comedies. I hardly ever find the humor but this one was funny so I give it to them.

          Ok alright, I watched it on irokotv and if you know their video quality it goes in and goes out and keeps fluctuating so I was of the impression that that was an irokotv flaw.

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  6.  
    Maudrey

    The movie was quite entertaining, laughs guaranteed but the editing is so slow-paced and above all, the storyline is so narrow! The actor playing the father was the worst to my opinion. He seemed to suffer from a little malaria, not cancer! Sadly, it seems Majid Michel is the only actor capable of conveying deep emotions. The driver was dope though.
    I am a fan of Yvonne Nelson but she needs direction to unleash her potential. Her acting was superficial in this one and she showed in older movies that she can be more than a pretty face.
    I like your review but I must disagree with you when it comes to “Single & Married” because however weirdly-structured it is, I liked it better than House of Gold.

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  7.  
    lizzy

    please, when will this film be uploaded on youtube, have been searching for this film in all the film house and video club i know but coundn,t get it. please i need to watch this film. the review is making me curious. please when will you upload it?

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  8.  
    greatme

    Majid is the best coupled with the Talkative and Omawunmis character. I didn’t find Francis Odega funny but i enjoyed the romance scene of Majid and the maid,i felt the tension. Now Yvonne has the potential of being a good actress if only. Lucky Lawson and that naughty role, Ice prince played the superficial character a bit well for a first timer.

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  9.  
    Olufowobi Oluwatosin taiwo

    excellent movie

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