Message To Mary
Queen Nwokoye, Artus Frank, Oge Okoye, Ebele Okaro, Frederick Leonard,
A village girl befriends and hosts a man that she finds lying wounded and bloody in a forest, unaware if the danger he is running from
This movie has two parts: Message to Mary 1 & 2
Chisom Juliet Okereke
Lack of originality
This movie is based on a very old song by the Everly brothers so it loses all the points for originality. It’s even called the same thing as the song. The song is really old and does have a good story to it. However the movie botches it up, I didn’t connect them until the end of the movie and when I did I could see just how good it could have been.
The plot was long and arduous. It didn’t need to go on for so long. It’s not new in any way shape or form, having being done before in all movie industries. Admittedly adding the plot element of widowhood and juju was new; those elements themselves are not new though. The whole movie has a cloud of seen that seen that. It moved slowly, the story moved slowly, the characters themselves moved slowly. The characters were not likeable, or relatable. The film invites you to feel sympathy for the kidnapper but he just murdered some man in cold blood. What I did like was how it re-examined that age old reason given by armed robbers, kidnappers and the like. I thought it was a great exploration on how some people’s minds can be fixated on a particular side of the story. The end tries to stick close to the song, but it fails on so many levels: first the man in the song gets sentenced to jail for life so his actions are justified, but here its only five years. She can wait. Secondly it intended to evoke the same emotions but the situations were completely different.
Is it me or is Frank Artus getting better? He was actually dare I say good. But don’t quote me on that. Queen Nwokoye is an actress that I can’t really tell if she can actually act. So she delivers but it’s not impactful, it’s just motions on a screen. Oge Okoye is keeping up the good work and I think she gave a good performance here- I want to believe that both this film and Family Man take place in the same village; after all she has the same name and hair style. Frederick Leonard was brilliant, that man is going places. He was enjoyably dark and intimidating. Extras were good as well especially the mother.
The audio was really bad; at times you couldn’t hear what the characters were saying. You can pretty much guess what is happening but it would be nice to hear. The costumes and wardrobe was very interesting to look at especially regarding Frank Artus and his gang.
In conclusion, it is a fairly interesting film and while I won’t recommend it per say I won’t discourage anyone from watching it. Its suspenseful enough it’s just so slow. The comments on this movie are hilarious, you don’t even know.