THE TEN VIRGINS MOVIE REVIEW
By Morris Abdul Newton
Dir: Blessing Egbe
Starring: Leelee Byoma, Aanu Adeleke, Blessing Effiong, Bukky Okorodus, Chidera Makatah. Honey Adum, Damilare Kuku, Jade Dunni, Osareme Inegbenebor, Oge Aniegboka, Ola Taiwo, Degri Emmanuel, Chinonso Young, Tunbosun Aiyedehin, and late Priye George 109mins
This one goes by the simple plotline that reads, “Amidst trials and temptations, ten virgin maidens betrothed to a great prince must remain faithful and untainted until his return.” But that is not all there is to this movie. There was more to the biblical parable inspired movie. For most of us, not the most glamorous of things though.
Blessing Egbe gathered a cast of new talents and sprinkled around them, a few better-known acts. What we got was some solid acting from a few and some horrendous delivery from others; especially some of the male actors. I guess that the fact that the actors had to sing made the acting a lot more riotous. But then, what is a musical without singing? A musical essentially works with very good actors; one of the reasons why Stage actors are better suited for things of this nature. Yet, we know that if we bring stage actors to the big screen, we could be in for a major problem knowing the challenges stage actors face when they come on screen.
As a musical, the songs were a bit tacky and unnatural. From the very first song, I really did cringe. The only song I felt anything for came towards the end of the movie.
It’s easy to say ‘The ten virgins’ is a bad movie. Honestly, the filmmaker made this so easy to think. Take for instance its lackluster adaptation style. The story world was a mixed breed of Urban and local but looked dour all through courtesy a drab set design. One thing is for sure; I will not like to live in that story world.
The cinematography is not the worst in the world but what else could have been done with such a bad set design anyway? Everything simply looked like it was made for stage and then the filmmakers quickly changed their minds and decided to make a film instead. Unfortunately for them again, this I know is not the case.
Another travesty was in costume. The costumes used for the virgins most times were awful to look at. I cringed most of the times I witnessed their costumes. It was just flat out painful to watch.
We could safely say that the villains in this film were those evil forces clad in red or something like it. But why they were just somewhere singing some useless songs is beyond me. What was that? And that dance-off between the angel and the demon at the end? My goodness! These so-called demons didn’t quite serve any purpose as far as I’m concerned. The ‘evil forces’ looked like a blemish on the entire production; not like the production didn’t already suck.
As much as the filmmaker tried not to take the parable word for word, they still succeeded in making it a film difficult to connect with. Simply put, it wasn’t ‘sweet.’
A couple of questions for the filmmakers though – How is the actor that played ‘the prince of peace’ anything like ‘the prince of peace’? I saw nothing. No real traits, characters, etc. it was all just words. Why was this man revered? This is film and not just some story. How did the Prince find the virgins unblemished? Did he look into their souls? Since there was almost no exposition on his character and even same for most of the characters, empathy was so hard to come by.
All in all, the movie wasn’t so enjoyable and it wasn’t because we knew where it was headed. It was because the filmmakers generally ruined it.