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Citation is a great movie and may just be Kunle Afolayan’s best-told story yet.

Citation: -Cinema Review

A Netflix original, Citation is a film about sexual harassment captured in the university and it’s said to be based on true events.

Though the narrative is one widely known to happen as there have been reports and documentaries on the issue, however, this provides a broad West African view through the film for the rest of the world to see. In West Africa, the issue of rape and sexual abuse is common. It is a menace that needs to be tackled seriously, the victims, largely made up of women are mostly criticised for allowing themselves be in such situations that would warrant them being raped. This is influenced by culture and the environment where rape is often regarded as the victim’s fault. Kunle Afolayan in this film was able to stir the conversations surrounding sexual assault/harassment again, this time through a compelling story.

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Citation follows the story of Moremi Oluwa (Temi Otedola), a young and intelligent master’s student at the university who accused her lecturer Professor Lucien N’Dyare (Jimmy Jean Louis) of sexual assault. It was a tough one for Moremi as she was seen as someone trying to tarnish the image of Professor N’Dyare, a celebrated African scholar from Senegal who was adored by both students and colleagues. The accusation led to the University authorities constituting a tribunal to investigate the allegation. The tribunal listened to testimonies from the accused, accuser and other witnesses.

Kunle employs the use of flashbacks to establish the plot of the film and we saw this at the opening scene. Every flashback was timely and accurate in detailing the story.

Talking about the cast, Temi Otedola did an impressive work for her debut as an actress. One would think she’s had a bit of experience, albeit, considering the likes of Joke Silva, Ini Edo and Gabriel Afolayan her costars in the project, Temi’s performance though not completely awesome, she managed to hold her own. Ibukun Awosika was a marvel to watch, she could’ve fooled me to believe that she’s been doing this for years. I also believe her appearance in the film was well thought out.

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Kunle Afolayan gave us a fine film, the cinematography is super amazing. As a Pan Africanist, Kunle made sure to depict it in his films and Citation is not left out. The shots in Obafemi Awolowo University, tourist shots of Senegal and Cape Verde drew the audience to bask in the aesthetics and overall beauty of the locations, sure to capture international appeal. Close up shots of characters was creatively done, especially the focus on Temi, her expressions were perfectly captured. Sound as usual in a KAP film is topnotch.

Citation has a slow feel to it, perhaps done on purpose to carefully tell the story and not deviate from the message. Overall, Citation is a great movie and may just be Kunle Afolayan‘s best-told story yet.

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MUNA: Not Deep Enough

MUNA REVIEW

By Jumande Raji

Directed by Kevin NkemNwankwor

Cast: AdesuaEtomi-Wellington, OnyekaOnwenu, Adam Huss, Robert Miano, Michael Cavalieri, Massa Furlan, Steve Wilder, Miles Cranford, Mayling Ng, Folarin “Falz” Falana, Ikpomwosa Gold, etc.

This movie was typically not a “Nigerian” story, the beginning starts off all cultural and sentimental and then it turns into a foreign action film. However, Muna stands out for a number of reasons, and when the teasers for this movie came out, it caught everyone’s attention with the fitness shots and fight sequences and I for one could wait to see what it built up to.

The story follows the life of a young girl called Muna, who had big dreams of leaving the small village she lived in with her grandmother and going to America to start a new life and make enough money to be able to take care of her grandmother’s failing health. She goes against her grandmother’s wishes and connives with the man who helps other girls get out. Only for her to get out and realize it was all a scam and they were being trafficked. She manages to escape and gets to foreign lands, and meets some help in her quest to take revenge on the men who robbed her of her home and she makes that her life mission until love finds her in unexpected places.

I don’t know if this movie was meant to be a Nollywood movie because most of the actors were not Nigerian and the major part of the movie wasn’t shot in Nigeria either, nice collaboration though. The beginning which was meant to be the reason why Muna became the Muna who sought revenge, was a bit flat, beautiful acting by the young girl and of course OnyekaOnwenubut the dialogues were pretty basic and didn’t build enough emotions for the audience to see reasons why Muna wanted revenge soo badly.

Adesua Etomi was beautiful in this movie because it is very different from most of the movies that we have with mediocre fight sequences, she had the face, the body and the moves to make this movie interesting in that way. However, her portrayal of emotions in this movie was a bit shallow as we struggled to really connect with the character most of the time. We couldn’t understand her drive, we couldn’t really feel her passion, the love part was more believable though.

I also feel like there were gaps somewhere because I watched the movie from beginning to end and yet I felt like there were things I missed out. There were also a lot of coincidences that made us shout “nawa o”. Like how her boyfriend Lawyer Tony, just happened to be Varrick’s son, of all the million people in the world, it’s easier for the story definitely but it just made me feel like something was missing.

The picture and cinematography were good, we had beautiful scenes all through and that was very pleasant to the eyes. Sound was good as well, even set choices and soundtracks were good. But the aspect this movie stood out most for was the fight sequence and choreography and they really did do a good job.

This movie would have been great because of how different it was from the norm, also all the international collaborations but for the few quirks here and there. Overall, though, it was enjoyable to watch.

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LIVING IN BONDAGE “BREAKING FREE”: Exceptional

LIVING IN BONDAGE “BREAKING FREE REVIEW

By JumandeRaji

Directed by Ramsey Nouah

Starring: Swanky JKA, Ramsey Nouah, Kenneth Okonkwo, MunachiAbii, EyinnaNwigwe, Shawn faqua, Kanayo O Kanayo, Bob Manuel Udokwu, Zulu adigwe, EbereOkaro.

This is a sequel to one of the moves that made Nollywood what it is today and when I heard they were making a sequel, I was doubtful they would be able to pull it off. Most movies that have sequels released a long time after, most times lose the essence of the initial movie, but not this one, I was given a pleasant surprise.

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The story follows the life of Nnamdi Okeke the son of Andy Okeke, anyone who has watched the first living in bondage would be familiar with that name. he struggles as a youth to make something of himself but to no avail. Eventually, he goes to visit his “uncle” who knew his father against his mother’s wishes, his luck changes and things start to work out for him. He is gradually welcomed into the league of wealthy men and he is loving the fast life until he is asked to pay a price, one he cannot pay.

The movie started on a high and definitely ended on a high. I can get over how every single scene seemed to draw everyone in, making you want to see more and more. The acting in this movie was definitely something to remember, the blend of top actors from old Nollywood and new actors in Nollywood made this movie a masterpiece.

Swanky JKA broke forth in this movie and he was just so perfect for the character, every scene with him made you stay glued to your screen. He definitely delivered on this character and definitely made it to my list of favorite Nollywood actors. Every other actor in this movie brought out their A-game for this one, Munachi was simply beautiful to watch. Shawn Faqua’s fluency in Igbo blew me away and his acting was so good it looked so beautiful and natural.

Going to the technical aspects of this movie, everything looked perfectly done, because there were no flaws you could easily pick out when watching this movie. Cinematography, sound, screenplay, set choices, name it, you could tell that a lot of hard work went into the making of this movie and it sure paid off. The sound was great all through the movie, with beautiful soundtracks accompanying the different scenes to help convey the different emotions and it did that excellently.

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The only thing I heard one person complain about as I was leaving the cinema was that it was not so scary, that it should have been scarier than it was. Well, I can’t say that I agree with the person because I believe the director didn’t just want the movie to be seen as strictly a horror film so all film lovers could enjoy it and the flow in the perfect blend of the different elements this movie showed.

The movie could have been way shorter though and there were some scenes and scenarios that dragged for no reason when it could have been straight to the point. There were a few minor continuity issues but the interesting dialogues and great acting covered up for most of the shortcomings.

Big Kudos to Ramsey on this one, his directorial debut and he did such a great job and he is definitely in the league of big-time directors now, no doubt the awards would roll in. this was surely one of my best movies of 2019.

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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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KPALI: A STARK LACK OF FILM KNOWLEDGE.

KPALI MOVIE REVIEW

By Morris Abdul Newton

 

Dir: Ladipo Johnson

Starring:  Ini Dima-Okojie, Torin Pocock, Nkem Owoh, Linda Ejiofor-Suleiman, Kunle Remi, Gloria Anozie-Young, Uzor Arukwe, Ik Osakioduwa, Seyi Law.

Duration: 100mins

 

Amaka Kalayor is a Nigerian investment professional working with a firm in London. The firm is on the verge of downsizing their workforce and in other not to get fired alongside the others, she needs to close a massive deal in Nigeria for the company in 30 days or lose her job, her visa and her work permit. Generally, her Kpali i.e. the right to live and work in the UK.

That is not all that this Emem Ema produced movie is all about though. Amaka (Ini Dima-Okojie) is also faced with the typical parental syndrome of urging their child that is sort of advanced in age to get married.

Though the second part of the plot is cliché and similar to the plot of the movie ‘Isoken’, it still adds to the set up of an okay story as the first part differentiates the storyline. However, that similarity stemming from the fact that this one also involves a Caucasian character vying for the hand of the maiden is hard to ignore.

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To the nitty-gritty of the film – It would have made more sense if Jake hunter (Torin Pocock) was introduced earlier in the scene abroad. The whole idea of Amaka’s immediate boss, Jeremy, not showing up at the airport leaving Jake to replace him as Amaka’s partner/senior rep to Nigeria was flimsily done. This is one of the fulcrums of this movie and yet it wasn’t as much attention as it was supposed to. There was no conflict between the two like was verbally communicated as if it were there. They seemed so chummy and that was the beginning of the flatness that is this movie. I kept asking myself if Jake was supposed to be this soft? Is he not supposed to be her boss? Is he not supposed to be a bit older? Is he not supposed to be some sort of haughty? What if Jake was pompous and didn’t really like this girl? What if the reason he is that way is because of his past? What if one of the reasons he doesn’t like her is because he thinks she’s not good enough and she ends up proving herself? What if he didn’t want to come to Nigeria and he doesn’t really like the country. Amaka would have had her work well cut out with the deal she is supposed to broker without the experience and support of the person they sent with her. Taken all or some of these into consideration would have offered us a different kind of movie, but that wasn’t our experience. This is one of the major reasons the move turned out wishy-washy. Apart from work, I earnestly searched for the personal conflicts in this movie and couldn’t find any.

Sure, there are laughs in ‘Kpali’. Nkem Owoh and his co casts sure delivered some of those laughs in character, but they surely knew that wasn’t what this was about. There was supposed to be way more.

Apart from the major issues with the story and the obvious lack of play on its angles, the picture felt a bit surreal. It wasn’t that the picture was bad. It was just that it wasn’t spectacular. Sound also experienced a bit of difficulty at some point but it was generally good.

Other issues stemmed from character portrayals. It’s a wonder how Jake quickly started enjoying the Nigerian meals that caused him to use the restroom often when he landed in Nigeria. The passage of time as displayed on screen didn’t do justice to any concept in this film. Also, there was that Patrick Dante’s character (Kelechi). The character was weak and inconsequential. Amaka’s parents telling them to know each other is extra ridiculous. More ridiculous is how she went on and sat with Kelechi leaving Jake all by himself and later coming back to him after managing to get away from Kelechi with some flimsy excuse as if she never knew that she shouldn’t have sat with him in the first place.

 

Most of the problems in this movie looks set in foundation and final execution. If the conflicts weren’t proper on the script, we all know that will be the number one problem but I really saw bad execution of a movie with ‘Kpali’. All the weaknesses shone through. The movie is annoyingly disjointed. Especially the romantic sequences. All that ‘Kunle Remi’ love interest bits were just a charade and still not an elaborate one as the film really served up nothing memorable in the end. There was no sort of rivalry between her two (love) interests. None, whatsoever.

Nothing about any of her relationships was real or even acknowledged properly. Jake’s, for instance, was downplayed because the filmmakers wanted a twist at the end that didn’t fly anyway.

In this movie, it wasn’t casting that was bad; it was most likely writing, directing, acting and even costuming. Proper knowledge of film making would have really helped this film deviate from looking like a very bad impostor.

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MUNA: AGAIN, THEY LIED.

MUNA MOVIE REVIEW

By Morris Abdul Newton

 

Dir: Kevin Nkem Nwakwor

Starring: Adesua Etomi-Wellington, Adam Huss, Robert Miano, Onyeka Onwenu, Gold Ikpomwosa, Onyeka Onwenu, Folarin Falana (Falz).

Duration: 83mins

 

Having seen the trailer of this movie, the expectations were going to go either way. Low expectations for the previous underwhelming productions of the same nature that I’ve seen in the past and a bit high because maybe, just maybe, Adesua and company would come up with something different seeing that we were tired of what had been previously produced by others.

The case against Adesua Etomi was always going to be stacked though. The trailer for ‘The Set-Up’ movie was a set up in itself, only without the commensurate pay-off. Fortunately or unfortunately, same thing as set to happen with this movie. I’ll probably just be a cynic when it comes to this kind of films from now on.

Muna is shot both in Nigeria and the USA. The Nigerian bit had every bit of the Nigerian DNA while the American bit was every way low budget American. Funny enough, the moment the movie switched from Muna being little and in Nigeria to Muna all grown up and abroad, the problems the movie experienced really then started.

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Acting was not as bad as the leads. Adesua Etomi playing Muna and Adam Huss playing her love interest, Tony, did well, but they did suffer and stutter intermittently due to the quality of the others on display. The portion where Muna met Tony at a bar was a bit of a letdown. It was too direct and unnatural a scene and that in itself was a problem. How can one walk into a bar in all of the forms of a disguise and just walk up to the target? It makes no sense.

There were also many other issues that led to problems in this movie. For instance, the point where Muna hijacked a taxi was absolutely unnecessary and contrived. There was no reason. And even when later on, the filmmakers tried to use it, it didn’t rule out that the scene never made sense.

This movie lied with its trailer and didn’t deliver the supposed tricks and thrills it offered in there. Muna didn’t use those sweet skills displayed. The sword moves in her training were not used for anything. It was just training. Eye candy to leave us salivating and get us to the cinemas.

Editing was also weak. A lot of it was cringe-worthy with disjointed portions of the movie rife. Sound was bad and the soundtrack was worse. Dialogue was mighty corny and sometimes vague. There were times that they sounded great but few and far between.

MUNA MOVIE REVIEW

Muna delivered manageable action. A bit better than many others I’ve seen in the same category but it stood at still passable. I find it difficult to agree with the decision of the writer or director as regards some of the protagonist’s choices though. Some of them were just unbecoming.

I think the number one problem with this movie is the haphazard nature of its own creation. A lot of it comes across as inorganic. Many things were not followed through as they should have, therefore there was really nothing deep about the movie. The audience could tell.

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YOUR EXCELLENCY: AS ANNOYING AS EXPECTED.

 YOUR EXCELLENCY MOVIE REVIEW

By Morris Abdul Newton

 

Dir: Funke Akindele-Bello

Starring: Akin Lewis, Funke Akindele-Bello, Seyi Law, Eku Edewor, ‘Deyemi Okanlawon, Toni Tones, Alexx Ekubo, Osas Ighodaro, Ini Dima-Okojie, Shaffy Bello, Kunle Coker, Bimbo Manuel, Ikechukwu Onunaku, Kemi Lala-Akindoju, Falz. 120mins

 

It just felt like the entire movie industry congregated in this movie, but to what end? This political satire was built to make sense, yeah? Nah. It didn’t. Ebony life needs to do better but I doubt it since they have refused to listen for so long.

Your Excellency’ tells the story of Chief Olalekan Ajadi (Akin Lewis), a bumbling billionaire businessman and failed presidential candidate who is obsessed with the American president, Donald Trump, as well as an attempt at becoming the president of Nigeria. He also has two wives, Kemi Ajadi (Funke Akindele) who lives with him in Nigeria and Laide Ajadi (Shaffy Bello) who lives abroad with two of his kids.

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Only those familiar with Donald Trump’s catchphrase from ‘The Apprentice’ show – ‘You are fired’ – would understand it when Chief Olalekan Ajadi says it at the beginning of the movie to his wife. This was an attempt at humour and also served as a way of visually deepening Ajadi’s love for the American President it seems. However, that ‘You are fired’ at the beginning was lost cos only people that watched the show would have understood it and particularly that is one of the problems with this movie. There were eventually a lot of things lost on us. Way too many.

It must be said that the person that cut the teasers for this movie really shouldn’t have been paid. Why would anyone hire anyone to do that or even do this movie. For a regular producer, this would have pulled many consumers away from the cinemas but the star power of the Producer and Director of ‘Your Excellency’ pulled a throng in. I can confidently say they were very well disappointed when they thronged out.

In the same vein of wanting to know why exactly anybody does what they do in Ebony Life or this film, I ask; why is Eki (Eku Edewor) who is supposed to be a political journalist tackling a common blogger/vlogger, Stephanie (Toni Tones)? Nothing is supposed to concern her with the vlogger, but in an attempt to just lump characters that mean nothing together, this anomaly was created.

The subplot of Alexx Ekubo and Osas Ighodaro’s characters was a complete waste of time. Good, God! What was all that about? The value of that portion of the movie rapidly diminished from the very moment they were introduced, to be honest. Alexx lip-syncing a performance towards the end of the movie was a cringe-fest. I didn’t even know the movie could sink lower than it was at that point.

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Some of the appearances were just useless. What were Falz and Helen Paul’s contribution to the movie’s progress? Apart from Ini Dima-Okojie’s smoking-hot look anytime she appeared on the screen, what else was she there for?

The truth is that, despite having the name of a veteran writer attached to this movie, it still looked like a charade. That doesn’t speak well. In fact, I particularly do not want to see anything political anymore on our screens. Such stories aren’t looking like stuff I’ll like to watch anymore because they have been bastardized. The stories are now lopsided and predictable. I’m honestly tired.

I failed to understand what the endless Donald Trump barging was about too. The way it kept coming at every turn left a lot to be desired.

Acting was okay. Actors are only going to do what is presented before them anyway. Picture was alright, sound was good too, but the story was bad. It’s universally clear that if you don’t have a proper or good story, you don’t have a film. So, we all should know where this film rests now.

What an attempt at making us love ‘Chief Daddy’ by giving us something that looked even worse. It didn’t work! Both movies are as bad as the worst movies ever can be. Funke Akindele’s directorial debut is nothing close to stellar. It’s virtually a trashy movie.

Lots of uselessness in this movie. Continuity rubbish and problems and a stupid Kachi and Candy story that just didn’t cut it.

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SUGAR RUSH: PURGE LATER

By Morris Abdul Newton

 

Dir: Kayode Kasum

Starring: Adesuwa Etomi-Wellington, Bisola Aiyeola, Bimbo Ademoye, Idowu Philips, Omoni Oboli, Tobi Bakre, Jide Kosoko, Uzor Arukwe, Lateef Adedimeji, Toke Makinwa, Banky Wellington, Mawuli Gavor, Williams Uchemba.

Duration: 83mins

 

Warning: This Kayode Kasum directed and Jade Osiberu produced movie is sweet like sugar and potentially hazardous on a future scale.

 

In ‘Sugar Rush’, the Sugar Sisters, Susan aka. Sussie (Adesuwa Etomi-Wellington), Sola (Bisola Aiyelola), and Bola (Bimbo Ademoye) are in big trouble. The Financial Crimes Commission, as well as various mob bosses, come after them just after Sussie and Sola abscond with some $800,000 they found at a shoot-out scene. How the officers of the commission that were on the lookout outside didn’t hear this happen is a wonder. Also, how a shoot-out happened in a residential area without anyone hearing it is also a wonder.

Anyway, the girls then began to live lavishly off the money before encountering the strong, vicious or sometimes funny characters that come after them.

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It is established that one particular reason these girls need money was to take care of their Cancer-stricken mother (Idowu Philips aka Iya Rainbow) but that didn’t ring true as their main priority later on, but let’s just leave that there.

The movie somewhat served as a laugh-fest with very little to call on a film. Some scenes were way too long and badly edited. Chief of them was the scene where Bola found her sisters with the money for the first time. There was no reason why that scene lasted as long as it did. Furthermore, there was no reason for the many intercuts of the girls trying to spend money while returning to the same scene. That was visual horror after the whole ten or more minutes.

The money the girls stole and the amount they spent was just ridiculous as compared to what they had spent on. The weight of money wasn’t properly considered obviously. Making it seem like the script was hurriedly written or this particular money thing was a decision made during the shoot.

Make no mistake, I say again, this movie is funny. Every character was funny in their own way. The problem is that the funny blindsided many as it was with some other movies in the past where other techniques, other than the funny, were used to keep us away from the loopholes or mistakes. The loopholes later became too glaring to contain. Many people caught them while the movie was ongoing. A couple of people groaned endlessly, amidst laughter, at what they considered major fallacies.

Some of the major issues with the third act of this movie are the supposed surprises. For instance, Anikulapo (Banky Wellington) should have been introduced way earlier. Or atleast hinted at before appearing. His importance? He was responsible for the Sugar girls’ father’s demise. How dare you not talk about him earlier? It would have given more power to his eventual appearance and the fact that the girls have to go head to head with him. His appearance became less than strong when his name was mentioned too late with a backstory exposition via dialogue.

Anikulapo’s henchman being alone and attempting to murder and burn Sussie and Dan (Mawuli Gavor) at the break of dawn while he was instructed at what seems like night is a bad lapse and seems contrived (considering what happened next) or it was just a production handicap moment.

I like the scene where the sisters chased Andy (Tobi Bakre) through the streets for the bag of money after he had stolen it. It was well-done and culminated in a fine climax.

The cinematography was nicely done. Sound wasn’t terrible. It did have its issues here and there. The acting also found its place. Seeing the three lead actresses together lifted desire and though not their best performances, they did right by us. The most key thing is how they complemented one another and that is key to the movie’s recent success at the box office.

Sugar rush ended badly. The end bit was flat. For all the huff and puffs that the story seemed to have gone through, the flat end did no justice at all to the characters. We can explain the unreal situations away on the altar of comedy but the truth is that Sugar rush is somewhat unimpressive as a film. But as a funny piece… not a problem. Just watch without thinking too much, laugh and purge later.

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DON’T GET MAD GET EVEN: Totally Predictable

By JumandeRaji

Directed by Wale Ojo

Starring Femi Jacobs, Nancy Isime, YemiSolade, Ayo Adesanya, Toyin Abraham, Saheed Balogun, Patience Ozokwor, Deyemi Okanlawon, Kenneth Okolie, among others.

The movie tells the story of two brothers, one is a rich womanizing entertainer and the other an over spiritual but broke lecturer with marital problems. The brothers who have been out of touch for a while are thrown together by a trick of fate and their lives never remain the same. When the womanizer breaks one too many hearts, trouble comes looking for him.

So, the movie starts on a very slow note and I kept wondering when the movie proper would start. In trying to establish Juwon as a womanizer, they took up valuable time that could have been better used, we got the picture already, there was no need to over flog it. Also, there were a lot of scenes that the movie could have done without to make it more compact and interesting.

We had some storytelling discrepancies, where Jaiye was telling his story and he said, two days after Caro moved out the landlord came to throw them out, but in the reenactment, Caro was clearly present and I kept wondering what was going on. Did she move out, then come back in just to be there when he was being thrown out? Common!

I enjoyed the play on the brothers and their differences even though it was a bit over flogged, but the movie was simply very predictable. The minute the girl broke up with him and promised him he would regret it and next thing the other girl shows up, I knew what was going to happen. Honestly, once I can accurately predict a movie, I lose interest in it.

The acting in this movie was not exactly impressive, the only character I enjoyed watching was JaiyeKuti, played by Yemi Solade because I feel he was the only one who put in any real work in bringing his character to life. Toyin Abraham did a lot of overacting and it became too much at a point and I just kept wondering what was going on. The banter between the three guy friends was always interesting to watch though, I think that is one of the few times, the screen came alive and I enjoyed it.

The picture quality was clean with bright pictures and sound was good as well, we didn’t have any issues with that. There were no overdramatic camera angles, and picture frame-wise, they did a very good job. Even the set choices were pretty great with pretty nice views.

I don’t know if it’s that I have watched too many movies in my life but when I see a story like this, that has obviously been told in different ways before, I’m not impressed. Sure, they say there is nothing new under the sun but there are always way more creative ways to tell a story, with a twist or spin that makes it unique in its own way, this movie didn’t have that.

My favorite line was “You can choose friends but you can’t choose family”, the movie was nothing spectacular but it had its interesting moments.

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LOVE IS WAR Far Fetched but Fun

LOVE IS WAR CINEMA REVIEW

By JumandeRaji

Mrs. Hankuyi Phillip is a politician and an advocate for women’s rights and she gets handpicked to become the next governor of Ondo state, her husband’s state. After much deliberation, she accepts the offer and goes into the game but in the process, steps on a lot of toes and so many people want to make sure she fails. These people then instigate her husband to run against her as a ploy to weaken her stand and his wife encourages him to run. They don’t realize the game is a dirty one and before long, all hell breaks loose and even their marriage is on the verge of breaking.

This story is one that is very out of the box and unconventional but I feel in trying to the different, they overstressed our disbelief and got to a point where the story really became unrealistic. The story is very un-African, and there are so many things that were portrayed which I doubt would be obtainable anywhere.

I loved the combination of RMD and OmoniOboli, they are both so excited to watch and I must say they each carried their roles well and the chemistry and bond were so sweet. The acting in this movie generally was great, they had a lot of seasoned actors and everyone played their part well.

The major issue this movie had, was with the story, in trying so hard to put out something different, they went a lot off track. So, at the beginning of the movie we see Mrs. Hankuyi Phillips, talk about discrimination in the political circle and how she had to leave to start up her own party to support women in politics, and somehow when she gets offered the governorship, there is no mention of this part or group that was created and I wonder why.

During the course of the movie, her husband, the opposition party, finds out that his wive’s ideals and values are not going to be the best in the long run for the state and decides to actively campaign against her. However, despite all the supposedly bad ideas, no one says anything about that anymore and she wins. Are they trying to say that the “bad guy” won at the end of the day, without addressing those issues raised?Did love miraculously erase those issues? Who knows?

The movie had very beautiful picture quality, the costuming, makeup and set choices were also beautifully selected. Sound was great as well and I liked the song choices throughout the movie. If I did not have to critically asses this movie, I may have just sat down and overlooked all the shortcomings but I couldn’t.

The movie is interesting to watch, do not get me wrong but the story is flawed and if you are looking for a well-rounded movie, this is not it but it certainly has some great acting.

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