By Jumande Raji
PROPHETESS CINEMA REVIEW – JUST FOR LAUGHS, BUT NOT
DIRECTED DY NIYI AKINMOLAYAN
CAST: TOYIN ABRAHAM, KUNLE REMI, LATEEF ADEDIMEJI, KEHINDE BANKOLE, RONKO OJO, TINA MBA, STAN NZE, UZO ARUKWE, DEYEMI OKANLAWON, ETC
So, the movie follow the story of some interesting personalities, a young egoistic OAP and a “fake” prophetess who apparently is being used by God. The young troubled guy is brought to the prophetess by his aunties because of his many issues as highlighted by his mother, the major one being the fact that he doesn’t want to settle down. He mockingly records the session and asks some tricky and vital questions all in a bid to make fun, but the outcome is something no one would have envisaged.
The movie starred a lot of strong and memorable characters all trying to give their own comical interpretations while telling the story. The issue however, I have with this movie is that as usual with most Nigerian comedies, it was seriously lacking in the story and content department and it was quite obvious that the whole point of the movie was to make us laugh.
From the trailers released to build anticipation, almost everyone could predict the outcome or most parts of the storyline, but I went in open minded expecting to be shocked but the shock never came. I almost always get upset when I see storylines that make the audience feel dumb. Sure, I laughed a few times, most times because of the ridiculousness or one person’s acting at the time but I generally just managed through the movie.
I liked the fact that every character was unique and so that made it interesting to watch but I owe that mostly to the acting prowess of most of the actors. The caliber of actors in this movie is what really sold it for me, everyone carried their own and made their character one to look out for. Why the however gave the lead actress a lisp, still beats me because it made most of her dialogue annoying to listen to because I know for a fact that not everyone with epilepsy has such a defect, it was a bit of an overkill if you ask me.
The set design and location of the movie was pretty basic, set mostly is a small rural area, with very few scenes taking place any place else. The costuming was basic but spot on, that is one area that I give them kudos for, it properly depicted the scene, the locale and the characters. Sound and light was pretty good too, the technical aspect of this movie was great. Why they however had to have a “made-up” prophetess on the poster of her used in the movie was just not right, if the next time we saw her after her claim to fame, she looked that way it would have been understood. But she was still plain looking, so are they saying she got her make up done just to take a poster picture?
Overall, this is an everyday Nigerian comedy and nothing really spectacular. I wish we could have more intelligent comedies but till then, what can we do?