GOLD STATUE MOVIE REVIEW
By Morris Abdul Newton
Dir: Tade Ogidan
Starring: Gabriel Afolayan, Kunle Remi, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Sola Sobowale, Alibaba, Nobert Young, Kelvin Ikeduba.
How many years has it been since ‘Hostages’ kept us spellbound gazing at our screens? Also, when last did we see Richard Mofe-Damijo and Sola Sobowale deliver a couple in distress over their wayward child? Not since Diamond ring, that. Since it’s almost as if good movies are out of bounds to us, Tade Ogidan decided to bless us with this delightful acting combo yet again alongside a story which according to him was written decades ago.
On the acting front, there are lots of master class performances. Actors should actually watch this one. Why? Gabriel Afolayan, Sola Sobowale, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Nobert Young were stellar enough. Even Alibaba delivered the best performance he has in a long while. Sola Sobowale rode in with her ever-present emotion pull fully complimented by her also ever-present bellows. Now, what really got most of us was how she fought for her son whom we knew was in the wrong and yet we still felt for her. It was good to watch. Nevertheless, what I’m still looking to see is how she can do most of this without the noise.
Richard Mofe-Damijo was not far behind. We all know he is the quieter of the two and his disposition definitely complimented his wife’s like they did way back then. Quite a show. The lesser prominent characters did well too and what is quite interesting is how the top actors helped cover up the ones that weren’t up to it.
The story is good but isn’t the best in town as per execution. Especially at the beginning of the film where there was a lack of a strong establishment of the main character’s motivation. Yes, there was a mission, but still, it took a while for me to get in with Wale (Gabriel Afolayan). All I knew was that he wanted the money but I couldn’t really figure out what his strong motivation was.
If you are talking the strong points of this movie, you will do wrong to mention cinematography, even if you legitimately have eyes issues. It simply wasn’t the most flattering part of the film. There were scenes of badly done green screen employment that left a sour taste in our mouth. Yes, we know there can be restrictions with certain locations but with a veteran like Tade Ogidan on a big scale production as this was, any use of green screen should have been top notch.
Sound was also a bit dodgy. Not the worst sound I’ve ever had the pain of enduring, but certainly not the most quality I have heard.
There were points where the film dragged. The film’s duration could definitely have been shorter but we were made to feel like the drag was also a prominent cast in the film. That the drag was that obvious to the audience is in itself terrible.
Kudos again must be given to the actors in this piece because they made ‘Gold Statue’ really watchable. That said, the introduction of the girls would have been better executed. Their introduction caused a lull in the film and that suggests their part was either not needed or there was no proper management of the storyline with the girls in it.
All in all, Gold statue was a good movie. It could have been better but is still a massive come back by the veteran, Tade Ogidan. It also made a lot of sense that this was the piece he chose to make a comeback with.