THE GHOST AND THE HOUSE OF TRUTH: Left Me Feeling Some Kind of Way

By Jumande Raji

Directed by Akin Omotosho

Starring: Susan Wokoma, Kate Henshaw, Fabian Adeoye Lojede, Kemi Lala Akindoju, Toyin Oshinaike, Keira Hewatch, Seun Ajayi.

This movie goes to show that there are two sides to every story. Pretty short when compared to most of the movies in the cinema today but it definitely had its own uniqueness.

The movie follows the story of a single mother Bola Ogun, whose job is that of a reconciliation officer serving as a bridge between criminals and there victims or victims’ families. She and her daughter have a daily routine that works for them until something goes wrong. His daughter doesn’t come home as she was supposed to and no one seems to know her ware about. The police are doing their best but she can wait for them and does her own investigation. When the worst happens, she takes laws into her own hands and ends up making things worse.

The movie starts off on an okay note as we see different establishment scenes to show the daily life of mother and child. However, these scenes were not well built or arrange and they just went one after the other, not really giving us a proper sequence of the flow. After a while, things seemed clearer and order was restored, thankfully.

The movie had very clean and clear pictures most of the time apart from some scenes that were particularly dark, I couldn’t tell if that was intentional or an error in lighting, either way, it didn’t really turn out nice. The sound was generally good and there were no off sounds or unnecessarily elevated dialogue. Language use, however, was a bit quirky, the only time things sat well was when actors were speaking English, most of the time, the pidgin and Yoruba seemed half-baked.

I particularly like the set choices, the use of the slums of Makoko, I had never really seen it in that light before, the houses so narrowly built and sitting on the water. It was simply beautiful to see, also the boats passing in between the houses, even the boat chase was different and exciting.

The acting in this movie was pretty good, I liked the way every actor convey the right emotion for every scene, drawing you into the action without even knowing it. The movie is highly emotional and serious, and it still held my full attention, maybe that was the reason for the movie’s length. I don’t know why the inspector played by Kate Henshaw, had to be pregnant, I don’t know if this was supposed to help in the character build-up or plot because it really had no relevance to the movie as it is.

 

Many of the characters were not properly developed in this story, it felt like we were only given half the information we should have been given. Also, the story just sort of ended on its own, there was no big reveal, we didn’t actively see the police solve the case at the end of the day. There were so many things that were just left hanging, many characters were just there doing nothing close to the roles they were meant to be playing. If they were more involved, it would have been able to elicit the right emotions from the audience.

I can tell that they wanted us to feel certain emotions at the end of the movie where the roles were reversed, that was beautiful but so much more could have been achieved with this story.

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