MOVIE REVIEW: BANANA ISLAND GHOST (B.I.G) – by Onuora Onianwa*
MOVIE TITLE: Banana Island Ghost (B.I.G)
WRITER: BB Sasore
DIRECTOR: BB Sasore
PRODUCER: Omorinsojo Spaine
TIME: 1HR 40MINS
Question: Can a mortal fall in love with a ghost in three days? Can you win millions of naira at a gambling table like in the many books and movies we have seen from foreign productions like the James Bond franchise? These are the two big questions in the movie Banana Island Ghost. (Watch trailer of the movie).
As always let me first get rid of the bad here. Continuity was a challenge in this movie and one cannot help but wonder if some really good scenes and back story drama on the characters was cut out to fit it into the 100 minute time frame. For example, we suddenly find ourselves with a ghost but seeing how it happened and him not knowing left me at a loss. The lack of a good crowd at the scene (and I have to say the aerial shots and progression of that scene was wonderful) was also telling. We all know *naija pipu* no dey see accident pass na. In this day and age, we would expect to see tons of people and many trying to record it with their phones to upload online.
Also challenging is the fact that we do not see a good linkage with Chigul’s background and family into the story. They do try to make up for it in the commentaries but it does not quite make it work. My biggest let down was the end of the film. I expected so much, but they did help me get over it a little to see Chigul get exasperated at her personal body ghost’s dance antics, so I forgive them. Uche Jumbo’s cameo at the start of the film could have been better. It should have been.
Now, let’s get into the good. The scenes were fantastic. Yaaaaaay! The lighting crew, post production team and sound engineers did a wonderful job on this film. The last time I was this happy with my cinematic experience for a Nigerian movie was with Wedding Party. Banana Island Ghost came into the ring with its gloves off and gave a fantastic knockout with its aerial view shots and magnificent panning. They took it to a whole new level. Another plus for this movie was its CGI. The movie gives a mean left hook in that department. Don’t get me started on the music. There was a tasteful selection of music that suited each scene. Whoever wrote the musical score for this movie is a genius.
If this were a Cinderella Story, Chioma Omeruah (Chigul) is without doubt the belle of the ball. She looks the part and sounds the part. She’s a delight to watch and listen to. She takes on this role and makes it completely hers with such grace and class that is so natural and flawless, that not many actresses today can. One moment you are laughing out loud at her antics and the next, she has you feeling so warm and fuzzy inside, perhaps even a bit teary eyed.
She gives a stellar performance in this flick. Patrick Diabuah is convincing as a ghost in the darkness. OK that last part was my idea but I really do love his performance.* The bros try gaaan! Saidi Balogun, Ali Nuhu, AKAH Nnani, Bimbo Manuel and Damilola Adegbite (appearing as herself) are just some of the great cast picks that make this movie magic. You will fall in love with Chigul in this movie and you will love the characters in play; that, I promise you.
So, can a mortal fall in love with a ghost in three days? Can you win millions of naira at a gambling table like in the many books and movies we have seen from foreign productions like the James Bond franchise? Well, after watching this film, this reviewer certainly thinks so! I give this movie 4 solid stars out of 5.
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