By Jumande Raji
Sensitive and Beautiful
DIRECTED BY YEMI FILMBOY MORAFA
CAST: NSE IKPE ETIM, DEYEMI OKANLAWON, INI DIMA OKOJIE, JIMMY ODUKOYA, MEG OTANWA, CHIMEZIE, KATE HENSHAW, JOKE SILVER, and others.
This movie was deep and interesting. The central idea was the challenges women face when looking for a child after being married for some time. It is a very sensitive issue that a lot of people shy away from talking about and it was told so beautifully, using different peoples stories and experiences that made the movie quite deep and interesting. One of the most interesting things for me was that this movie cuts across so many experiences that both men and women have gone through while waiting for their baby.
I need to commend the casting for this movie, the caliber of actors were not just popular faces but people that could really depict their characters and make us feel what they were feeling. This is one of the few Nollywood movies that I have watched in recent times, which brought me close to tears. The lead and supporting actors (who basically led as well) were perfectly cast. There was also a religious side to it which was carefully put in but didn’t overshadow everything.
The transition between past and present was so beautiful and fluid in Nara’s scene, I almost clapped. It was beautiful cinematography and I loved the creativity of the whole scene. However, in one of the first introductions of Chimezie Imo’s character where he was in a haste and panicking, he made the sign of the cross the wrong way and that didn’t sit well with me, a little more research there would have made a world of difference to me.
The sound for the most part of the movie sounded detached like it was dubbed over. There was a clear disparity between the scene and the voice-over added, you could tell it was not done at the same time, or if it was, there was something really wrong there. The picture was good though and I did not really experience any glitches in that regard. The set choices were also good, not too many but with enough variety to be appealing to the eye.
The subtitles came in a bit late in the places where they spoke in a different dialect, so for those of us who did not understand the language, it was a bit hard to follow at those points. That and the sound served as a huge distraction to the telling and following of the beautiful story.
I liked the fact that they gave every character a sort of resolution as well, not necessarily happy endings all round, but something to let you know where the character had gotten to at the point the movie ended. Most movies that have soo many stories being told, often forget to tie off many ends of people’s stories and we did not experience that here.
So kudos to the cast and crew of “The Wait” it is definitely a movie I would not mind watching more than a few times.