THE BIG FAT LIE MOVIE REVIEW
By Morris Abdul Newton
Dir: Darasen Richards
Starring: Blossom Chukwujekwu, Rita Dominic, Tana Adelana, Ushbebe, Eniloa Bhadmus, Mercy Aigbe, Scarlet Shotade, Joseph Momodu.
There’s no big deal to shooting comedy, especially with camera movements. Just get it right and let the acts and their dialogue do the work. Well, it seems this one didn’t just want to follow that rule for reasons best known to the filmmakers.
James (Blossom Chukwujekwu) is a tailor. He foolishly spends all his earnings on an engagement ring for a lady who rejects him during a semi-elaborate dinner. Foolish! Soon he begins to work as one of the bell boys in a hotel by day and a tailor at night all in hopes of reviving his fashion/tailoring line with his salary which he is saving up. He is constantly encouraged by his friend, Vera (Rita Dominic) and his ridiculous cousin, Paul (Ushbebe). Then he runs into his celebrity crush, Eni (Tana Adelana) while sorting out one of the rooms in the hotel. He is mistaken for a Naval Captain, and for that reason, Eni falls in love with him. James decides to play along but soon cracks that further lies find hard to hold begin to appear.
Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? If only it were that simple to take the black and white paper and make it into a film. If you want to have a glimpse of how good or bad this movie is, just watch the trailer. Most of the horror in the comedy flick, I owe to the director because it seems he didn’t really know what he was doing for most of the time.
The distinction in shots registered with the cinematography of this movie is something to hold a conference on as in “A lesson on how NOT to do cinematography.” For the life of me, I don’t understand how you employ long shots that end up looking good and then when you get on to a close-up, it becomes grainy. The pictures were constantly off and on… bright here, dull here, burnt here and so on and so forth. Then there was that unforgivable act of using still pictures for transitions. I literally kept asking myself what this was all about while experiencing such cinematic pain unfold.
Then there was this boring twisted James Bond-ish soundtrack that was consistently playing in the background. Why? I don’t know. It wasn’t an action comedy or anything of the sort so I’m still confused as I write this.
At this point, it’s important to just let all these filmmakers know that it is not absolutely necessary to have soundtracks in your film if it will end up being one of the reasons the film ends up terrible.
The sound quality was off. There is this new style that was introduced in this film where we had to read the lips of some actors at times to figure out what they are saying as the audio frequently seized. I have previously not experienced such before, so it was kind of new to me. If anyone knows what that style was all about or what it is called, please contact me. Just maybe I’ll (NEVER) employ it in my movie when I make one.
Funny enough, ‘The big fat lie’ had lots of laughs and its own share of stupidity. The acting was okay. Tana, Blossom and Rita did just enough to give the movie the balance it needed acting wise – Nothing special. Ushbebe sometimes talked too much. He managed to over- exaggerate most of the time and in some little instances, was fun. Overall, a lot of things were unnecessarily slapstick-ish and not natural enough.
It was sickening to see that the conclusion of this movie was no conclusion at all. It seemed rushed and confused or the other way round. Either way, it wasn’t good at all. There was nothing logical about the ending. Hiding the Captain’s face was just silly. It’s just all funny (pun intended) that it seems so hard to see a movie to a logical conclusion in this clime.
My honest opinion would be that this director never makes another movie as punishment for the punishment he put us through with his wishy-washy output especially as he doubled as the producer of this movie, but who am I kidding?