NO BUDGET MOVIE REVIEW
By Morris Abdul Newton
Dir: Ojie Asuelime Eniola
Starring: Kehinde Balogun, Bryan Okwara, Ninalowo Bolanle, Ahneeka, Akin Lewis, Ayo Mogaji, Charles Inojie, Teddy A, BamBam, Anto Lecky.
It’s a travesty to this industry that many actors have refused to learn the language by which they trade – English. It’s mostly badly spoken – under or over accented. No budget had so many problems with actors having a field day shooting left, right and center but very well missing target with their language usage. Is that the only issue? If it were, maybe we would have still been okay but then…
“No Budget,” tells the story of Lola Balogun (Kehinde Balogun) who has a dream of having a talk of the town, social media breaking wedding ceremony. Unfortunately for her, her fiancé, Osagie (Bryan Okwara) doesn’t consent to her idea of having such an extravagant wedding ceremony. Same with her very wealthy parents, Chief and Mrs. Balogun, who are eager to ensure their daughter learns some sense. The question is now how Osagie will cope with Lola and her exorbitant plans as well as seeing that her character doesn’t ruin everything they hold dear.
Whilst the story itself reads quite shallow, there are still other pieces to the puzzle. However, they still couldn’t stay a horrible execution of the product.
The number of English language blunders in this movie can easily rival the number of bricks in the tower of babel but we can’t continue to dwell on that, right? Since a lot of our actors and wannabes have refused to learn, let’s continue in our embarrassing ways. I must make mention though that someone actually said, “Why are you mopping?” instead of “Why are you moping?” The sheer height of it is quite sad.
Camera angles and movements were hideous. This wasn’t even about gymnastics. It was about pure chaos. Score was nothing to write home about. The music was just bad in the background.
Some parts of the movie were quite unrealistic. If this were a comedy, then I wouldn’t have minded some things, but it wasn’t. You see, comedy is comedy and drama is drama but when you say, dramedy though… we need to be pretty clear about that. That fact wasn’t clear here.
Acting wasn’t as good as they come. We all know that Bryan is not a superb actor. He wouldn’t act his way out of any situation if one was presented. This is why having him as a lead actor was sort of shooting the production in the foot on a grand scale. He was bad in a number of scenes, but then what can we say for a movie that was so desperate to sell based on the Big Brother Naija appeal as against proper acting strength.
Location and set design was sort of a horror show. Probably except for the Balogun’s family house, every other location was plain horrible. Osagie’s home was a mess to behold and that Diva’s Cake location? For the amount of money Lola boasted about spending on her wedding one would think she was going to do better. What on earth were they doing going to search for cake designs at that outlet? What is an event planner meant for if he/she is not the one leading here? What’s the point?!
Editing and Cinematography were really bad and amidst other times it was quite evident with the South African scenes (I don’t even know why those scenes existed). The transitions were weak and the pictures were an eyesore.
The show, don’t tell – That’s a rule in filmmaking. Sadly though, with all the time they had on their hands in this movie, all we got was them telling us about Lola instead of showing who she is. Largely, a lot of this movie was unrealistic.
My favorite scene was at the dining where Lola was clearly told by her dad that he wasn’t interested in her lavish, unfounded projections. I like it for execution, hilarity and believability. After that, please throw every other thing in the ocean of mediocrity.