PROPHETESS MOVIE REVIEW: How bad do you want it?
By Morris Abdul Newton
Dir: Niyi Akinmolayan
Starring: Toyin Abraham, Kunle Remi, Kehinde Bankole, Lateef Adedimeji, Stan Nze, Uzor Arukwe, Deyemi Okanlawon, Tina Mba, RonkeOshodi-Oke, Muyiwa Ademola.
What’s good about the movie, Prophetess? It’s a solid story idea. That’s it. That’s what is primarily needed, which then metamorphosis into a proper story and then the metaphoric ink touches paper and filming follows. Then again, for this one, story idea is just about it.
As the book of Ecclesiastes so gloriously put it, “There is a time for everything.” That very well includes this story idea. Unfortunately, I just don’t see any time for what we eventually witnessed as a film. This film is bereft of any proper plot structure. It runs round and round in vain circles making the viewers waste over two hours of their lives wondering where the movie is heading to. That is not a good thing for any type of movie, Comedy or not.
Toyin Abraham plays the titular Prophetess Ajoke and she isn’t a real one – pun intended. She’s just a fake who mistakenly predicts two events that went viral on the internet courtesy an OAP (Kunle Remi). One of the “prophecies” got fulfilled and the other is what caused the chaos that is this movie. I do mean the chaos part in every sense of it. Again – pun intended.
The biggest problem this film has is the lack of direction. It stems from the writing to its directing and it’s a shame how such lack of direction just classically oozes.
Perhaps the fact that the Nollywood audience has become accustomed to farcical comedy ensured that we were served that in huge doses here. However, this wouldn’t have been a problem if the movie worked in plot and didn’t come across as just some kind of ‘money making’ scheme.
The sheer potential that this project held makes the outcome all the more cringe worthy especially when it’s considered that it was in the hands of one of Nollywood’s most vocal acts. The thoughts make the failure much more annoying.
The acting performances should have done something for us as well, considering the array of stellar acts on display, but even in that department, this movie falls flat on its face. Acting is largely bad except for the very few that delivered noteworthy performances.
There were distasteful scenes that made me wonder what the director or even editor had in mind. I mean, it doesn’t matter if this is a comedy, it is still essentially a story being told and this one had interesting implications. The way it went about the events that could have made a difference left a lot to be desired. We had – the football players (Past and future), the ancient city, the spirituality or lack thereof, the humanity. A lot of these got lost on the altar of nonchalance or maybe a lack of belief.
‘Prophetess’ is funny, sometimes; while at other times it is just pure thrash. We can forgive the movie for that if it didn’t dilly-dally for way too long. This is the kind of movie you watch and you say, “They should have just stuck to the script.” Well, If only the script was any better.
Just maybe this was the time for this film, so we’ll see lesser half-baked works in the nearest future. Humor me, please. Disappointed.
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