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    • Direction 2.0
    • Acting 3.0
    • Dialogue 2.0
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    Glamour Girls

    PG - Drama | June 24, 2022 Storyline:

    A remake of the original focusing on the lives of ladies whose affiliation with the wealthy and powerful gives them the affluence they desire.

    • 2.2
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    AllNews Review
    Reviewed by Sydney Elike - 1 day ago

    Play Network once again produces an unnecessary remake and the final result is a film that could have gone somewhere but ends up being all over the place.

    While Glamour Girls isn't as bad as the critics are making it out to be, it embraces style over substance, with too many subplots and different threads that fail to tie into a satisfying conclusion.

    The title pretty much sums up the movie; girls who want a taste of a better life use what they have to get what they want. 

    It's all fun and games until a murder threatens to destroy them and everything that they have built. 

    The storyline is basically a rehash of every 'runs girl' film ever made but the script is elevated a bit by some impressive acting from Nse Ikpe-Etim and Sharon Ooja.

    The cinematography is okay; good shots, camera angles and scene transition work well. The music which comes across as distracting occasionally majorly helps to set the mood and tone as the plot unfolds.

    The film's undoing is its inability to focus on some of the many subplots it has. Some characters are never quite developed while others are more or less one-dimensional.

    Perhaps the movie's greatest flaw is the issue with the flash drive(s) in the end. For the life of me, I still can't understand how one flash became two without any plausible explanation.

    Play Network's remake is flashy and stylish but gets sapped into its own convoluted plot.

    Ikpe-Etim and Ooja are the best parts of the film but even they aren't enough to stop the movie from sinking into an abyss of its own making.

     

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    • Direction 3.0
    • Acting 2.0
    • Dialogue 2.0
    • Screen Play 3.0
    • Visuals 2.0

    The Wildflower

    PG - Crime Drama | May 27, 2022 Storyline:

    The intriguing story of three generations of Nigerian women and their experiences with assault...

    • 2.4
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    Reviewed by Damilare Odunayo - 1 week ago

    Two narratives drive the plot of The Wildflower, Bright and Enterprising Rolake (Damilare Kuku) gets a chance to work at a leading architectural firm as a personal assistant to the CEO Gowon Williams (Deyemi Okanlawon) whom she looks up to and comes to totally worship, but it turns out he has an ugly side; he is a serial rapist and he takes advantage of her on a business trip.

    On the other hand, Rolake’s neighbour, mama Adaolisa (Toyin Abraham), endures domestic abuse at her husband’s hands until tragedy strikes one day and he kills her and flees, leaving behind their two daughters (Adaolisa and Cecilia) whom Rolake takes upon herself to care for. While Rolake is on the business trip, Adaolisa also narrowly escapes being raped by a sexual predator. In the midst of these events, selfless Rolake has to be there for the kids while dealing with her own trauma and searching for justice. 

    At last, a movie that deals with real-life Nigerian issues. The Wildflower properly captures the life of common Nigerians and the harsh realities faced by vulnerable women whether at home or the workplace and the effects it has on them and the people around them.

    Director Biodun Stephen is able to bring the script to life without unnecessarily complicating the story. The idea of showing the two focal rape events at the same time works well and lets it resonate better although there are issues like incoherent scene changes and over-extended scenes, especially the scenes with Rolake and her boyfriend. 

    It’s always great to see stories like The Wildflower’s, in an industry where it is rare to see films without sensationalist tendencies. The main plot and subplots are well detailed and structured with character developments explored to reasonable extents- the plot goes straight to the point without taking unnecessary twists and turns.

    The writer intended to pass a message and they succeed, although the story is rushed towards the end, so some details are left out:  how can Gowon still give Rola’s boyfriend a job in a company he has been suspended from? and we are left wondering where Rola’s family is in all of these? 

    With the film having not so many low or high points, the cast put in average but convincing performances. Deyemi Okanlawon plays the villain again in a role similar to his character in Blood Sisters; Damilare Kuku, author of “All The Men in Lagos are Mad” and Toyin Abraham (The Prophetess) embody their roles well.

    While the quality of cinematography has improved generally, it seems like Nollywood might not be getting out of the scourge of pointless drone shots anytime soon. Cinematography is an important tool of storytelling in filmmaking and every shot should have a purpose in order to capture moments meaningfully. 

    Although The Wildflower gets boring towards the end, it proves to portray common Nigerians’ realities without shying away from local nuances; it makes good drama and the film’s intended message is passed. 

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    • Direction 2.0
    • Acting 2.0
    • Dialogue 2.0
    • Screen Play 2.0
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    Man For The Job

    PG - Crime Drama | April 29, 2022 Storyline:

    The movie is a crime drama. It chronicles the adventures of an industrious young man who gets ruffled by the plot of an excessively optimistic startup CEO as he fights to accomplish his family and work-life balance.

    • 2.2
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    Reviewed by Damilare Odunayo - 1 month ago

    The Man for the Job movie is a crime drama that follows the adventure and trials of Joseph (Uzor Arukwe), a hardworking  young man who navigates his family and work life which folds up by the plot of an overly optimistic startup CEO.

    It is set in modern Lagos where the fintech era is blooming and really gives insight into the life of crime and betrayal led by financial tech groups.

    Joseph, a driver for a popular ride-hailing service, meets a beautiful tech guru like himself Zinnat (Temi Otedola) and offers to help her with a tech problem from work that has been plaguing her for a while. 

    He solves her issues only to find out his code was the foundation of this tech product and Zinnat works for a company he had once rejected.

    Not much is clear at first but mysteriously, funds begin disappearing from customers' accounts and now they are plagued with a new dilemma and headache.

    Who is stealing the money?

    The storyline is intriguing as it probably is one we haven't quite gotten before. Unfortunately, it just suddenly falls below standard..

    I believe the production team could have done better, especially with the wealth of talents at their disposal. 

    Ini Edo is grossly underused and she doesn’t quite show the diva aura we all know she possesses. Same for Uzor Arukwe.

    The only two laudable cast members are Temi Otedola and Ali Baba; they naturally upped the game. 

    But if the foundation is destroyed what can the righteous do?

    All in all, I quite enjoyed the scenery, costumes and cutting edge cinematography.

    I'd recommend you all to watch, I can't wait to be proven wrong. Sincerely, I want to be proven wrong because I believe they did all they could and I'm only just being a grumpy know-it-all

     

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    • Direction 3.0
    • Acting 3.0
    • Dialogue 3.0
    • Screen Play 3.0
    • Visuals 2.0

    The Man of God

    PG - Drama | April 16, 2022 Storyline:

    Akah Nnani stars as Samuel, a conflicted young man who forsakes his harsh Christian upbringing to live the life he wishes. As he gets older, he realises that his soul remains caught between the world he is used to and the life he left behind.

    • 2.8
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    AllNews Review
    Reviewed by Sydney Elike - 2 months ago

    Director Bolanle Austen-Peters takes on a societal issue revolving around the Christian religion in Nigeria. To a large extent, she succeeds and the actors deliver, with only the ending almost ruining the good work.

    As the layered protagonist, lead star Akah Nnani does a fine job, making you see the world through the eyes of someone whose distaste for the faith seems to haunt his life.

    First off, Samuel (Nnani's character) is not Mr. Goody Goody; a fact that he knows after deliberately choosing to be the direct opposite of what his father (a popular cleric) wants him to be.

    It is the hero's imperfection, inner struggles, and journey that make him a compelling character, one that is mostly lacking in Nollywood movies nowadays.

    Osas Ighodaro and Atlanta Briget Johnson are remarkable as two of the supporting characters who have the most influence on the protagonist. I couldn't fault their performances, especially the latter who displayed a variety of emotions convincingly despite her relatively short screen time.

    The theme of religion vs faith is depicted in a way that comes across as naturalistic. Many will no doubt take offense to this rather touchy subject but I feel the director did a commendable job.

    The plot progression is good, and we see characters grow (as they should) throughout the length of the film. 

    The tone shifts frequently from light-hearted to serious, to comical, and then continues in that cycle. While that is not a bad thing, it would have been better to strike a balance as that didn't happen.

    The comic relief is done quite well, and this is where another significant supporting character, Rekya, comes in. 

    Played by the talented Dorcas Shola Fapson, Rekya represents the very thing that the hero wants to be. His association with this rather amoral person shapes and defines him.

    As Rekya, Fapson is simply amazing, stealing the show every time she appears. Constantly walking the dangerous path, her character is one of the best things about the film.

    I have said a lot of positive things about The Man of God and may not have much to say about its downsides. But one is the speedy romance between Samuel and Joy. While there was chemistry between the actors, the love thing felt forced.

    Another negative thing about the film is what I would call a lazy and convenient ending (I won't get into details so as not to spoil it for movie fans). 

    Besides the two points above, The Man of God makes for a worthy piece of entertainment while being educative and instructive.

     

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    • Direction 2.0
    • Acting 2.0
    • Dialogue 2.0
    • Screen Play 3.0
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    I Am Nazzy

    PG - Rom-Com | April 1, 2022 Storyline:

    A fast-rising music artist’s picture-perfect life suddenly goes haywire when she accidentally switches places with a doppelganger. All attempts to prove her identity are futile, and she is subjected to a whole new life without the glitz and glamour. Will she lose herself or embark on a journey of self-discovery?

    • 2.4
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    Reviewed by Damilare Odunayo - 2 months ago

    Movies in the cinema these days are filled with both standard and substandard movies. The fear of many cinema goers revolves around whether or not they get value for their money or they come home with drooping heads and a familiar distaste in their souls. 

    A lot of times, you go to the cinema not sure if the movie will blow your mind or leave you angry. 

    With this in mind, I matched on to the cinema to either meet euphoria or distaste like old friends.

    ‘I am Nazzy’ is the story of a female superstar, Lady, who isn’t comfortable with the celebrity life and all the scandals and expectations that come with it.

    She decides to visit a therapist, and there, she is advised to take a break from all the troubles and expectations of celebrity life. Unfortunately, her manager isn’t going to have any of that. 

    Coincidentally, Lady meets her look-alike, Nazzy, in the bathroom, and although they are both shocked to see how much they look alike, it seems like a perfect opportunity for Lady to execute her plan. 

    She makes a deal with Nazzy to swap identities for 24 hours so that she can have the break that she so wishes.

    It seems like a welcome idea to Nazzy who had also always wanted to have a feel of the celebrity life; something around the premise of 'The Princess And The Pauper'.

    So, the two ladies switch roles, and this becomes the genesis of our tale.

    For one, ‘I am Nazzy’ started on a high note as the first scenes were captivating enough. The storyline isn’t a bad one at all. It could hold the audience from the beginning to the end of the movie to a certain extent.

    I cannot say the same about the directing because it seems like the director still has a lot of things to learn. 

    There are so many unbelievable things in the film that would make you ask if the filmmaker thinks we are too unintelligent to notice. Well, we saw them all. 

    To mention a few, with that kind of remarkable difference, how did only the driver and close friend know the girls swapped? Even Naza’s mother didn’t know she wasn’t living with her own daughter? 

    The editor of the film sure has a long way to go in mastering his skill. Nollywood has grown beyond an actor playing different roles staying far from each other. We have seen these characters hug in other films, so it was shocking to see that Lady and Naza barely stood in close proximity throughout the movie. 

    One thing the director did get right with ‘I am Nazzy’ is the selection of characters. The acting is excellent, and if not anything, it will keep you glued to the screen till the end of the movie. 

    Chinonso Arubayi is effortlessly a beautiful actress, and seeing her play those two characters so well is applaudable. 

    Jide Kene and Jimi Odukoya also did great. Ada Jesus also deserves an accolade, and of course, IK Ogbonna knows how to hold his characters well. 

    Chioma Nwosu is always a delight to watch, and thanks to Buchi the Comedian for giving us the light tone in the movie.

    The wardrobe and makeup should also not be left out of commendation as I couldn't exactly point to a scene where they missed it.

    Location sourcing did their jobs with premium capabilities as it was refreshing to see the length the Nigerian movie would go to actualise their plans.

    Regardless of the flaws in ‘I am Nazzy’, it isn’t so much of a bad watch, and for ratings, it will get a 6/10.

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    • Direction 3.0
    • Acting 3.0
    • Dialogue 3.0
    • Screen Play 3.0
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    Cake

    PG - Rom-Com | February 25, 2022 Storyline:

    The story of a baker trying to win the heart of the woman he loves by using his talents as a baker but soon finds out that relationships are just like cake, layered and complex.

    • 3.0
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    Reviewed by Sydney Elike - 3 months ago

    Cake is a quirky romantic comedy that follows the hilarious ride of Tomiwa Akinlolu, a talented baker caught in a love triangle with two beautiful women.

    The lead characters in this movie find out that just like cake, relationships are really layered and complex. The plot reveals how experimental a baker can be in using his talent to get the love he desires. 

    The film stars Tope Tedela, Sophie Alakija, Folu Storms as the main characters, supported by Big Brother Naija alumni Saskay, Patience Ozokwor, Emmanuel 'Koloman' Jibunor, and Philip Asaya.

    One spectacular slice leads to another in this romantic movie about three people with entirely different ideas of love.  The film is a quite straightforward one as it follows the story of a young baker who realises he is in need of a wife and wants to find one.

    His mother (Patience Ozokwor) had told him his new bakeshop would help him find love. As he is to open the business, he meets a woman he falls head over heels for but doesn’t realise that his assistant, played by Storms, is in love with him.

    As he goes to declare his love for her, it turns out she is engaged. He then goes on a mission to win her over with his cake-baking abilities in a storyline.

    Cake is a must-see because it sweetly captures the essence of modern-day romance in cosmopolitan cities and the attendant twists and turns.

    Prosper Edesiri tells the story brilliantly and fans will be wowed with the good work done by the entire production team. Patience Ozokwor brings the needed experience to a film that elevates the art of young Nollywood creatives.

    You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. Tope Tedela gives a nuanced but really powerful performance as Tomiwa in the movie. Everyone will no doubt love the quirky yet unforgettable character he portrays. He is undoubtedly an outstanding actor and we can't wait to see more of what he has to offer.

    We know head-turning beauty when we see it and when you're looking for one in Cake, look no further than Chalya Walshak, played by none other than our very own Sophie Alakija. She is a very sweet and fun person, a bit naive if you ask me but she is the Hollywood version of a Disney princess.

    Folu Storms takes the unnoticed background lover to a whole other level. She embodies the bright-eyed and optimistic Mfon character in the film. She is sublime in this role, everyone will undoubtedly love her spunk.

    If there is a face that most people wanted to see on the big screen in this movie, it no doubt is Tsakute Ladi Jonah a.k.a. Saskay, an ex-BBNaija star who plays the role of Ifeoma.

    She plays the role of the side chick to Chalya's fiancee which in turn makes Tomiwa mad. Her bold purple hair really accentuates her skin and personality and it in some ways reminds us of the fact that what we love might not exactly love us back.

    All in all, the movie raises some bars when it comes to scripting because it looks like they really took their time to write and perfect the script. The back and forth was on point and they knew what to say and exactly when to say it.

    The scenery, make-up, and wardrobe department did an amazing job. And that Saskay hair was both fire and inspired. I really was impressed.

    The set design also is exquisite and the fact that they had to come with it from scratch makes it more impressive.

    I do think the acting and portrayal could have been better though as there were some cringy moments in the movie, more like the character forgot their lines or something of that sort. 

    The directing is top-notch and the fact that this movie is director Prosper Edesiri's first movie just goes to show the amount of talent that has found its way out from under the rubbles of obscurement.

    The sound faltered a bit as did the lighting in some parts of the movie but in summary, it was a bright movie that has the titular flair we all expect.

    I enjoyed it. It was good, not overly good as I think some work could still be put into it. But all in all, a good watch, and the cinema ambiance, laughter amongst the crowds, gave the whole place a feeling of being at home amongst loved ones.

    It is family-friendly and I recommend it.

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    • Direction 3.0
    • Acting 3.0
    • Dialogue 3.0
    • Screen Play 3.0
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    Head Over Bills

    PG - Romance, Drama | February 4, 2022 Storyline:

    A wealthy single mother faces a dilemma as to who would suceed her at the company after she retires, but all three daughters have to prove they are worthy of their mothers love.

    • 3.0
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    Reviewed by Sydney Elike - 4 months ago

    For a lot of cinema goers like myself, our biggest fears revolve around watching a much-hyped movie turn into a lacklustre boring two hours watch. It's always very annoying to say the least. Not only will they have managed to waste our time, they also would have forced us to endure the agony of watching a bad movie.

    Some movies however, always manage to live up to the hype and make every single minute of the movie worthwhile. Dabby Chimere’s Head Over Bills, is one of such movies. I had great expectations for it and very sincerely, it didn't fail me.

    Head Over Bills tells the story of the CEO of Starlight Group of Companies, Mrs Ofili (Shaffy Bello), a wealthy, industrious mother who has three full-grown daughters to worry about since the death of their father.

    She grew the family business alone as a single mother after all she and her husband worked tirelessly for was taken away by his family.

    Her concerns deepen when she realises that none of her daughters are fit to take the mantle from her with her dreaded retirement looming closer and faster than she would have liked.

    The first daughter (Anita Joseph), is a very disrespectful philanthropist who enjoys sleeping with younger men, the second (Bimbo Ademoye) a wasteful spender who once lavished 20 million naira on birthday shopping while the last one, the seemingly bright one (played by Ego Nwosu) and the Brand Manager of Starlight Group, is in a very complicated romantic relationship with the CEO of their fiercest rival. 

    The Head Over Bills plot and storyline is a somewhat straightforward and smooth one; it gives the movie a feeling of elitism and the aura of being born into affluence and plenty.

    It's very unlike me to really rate a Nollywood movie, but this one stands out as the writing is commendable and engulfed me in a euphoric feeling right from the first few scenes. The movie is supposed to be elite, the writer made sure that it was. Good job on that.

    However, the film seemed overstretched as it ran for 125 minutes. Some stories have stronger effects when they aren’t unnecessarily long, and unfortunately, the writer of Head Over Bills took away that effect.

    Regardless, the subtle comic character of Bimbo Ademoye played a huge role in not making the film boring. Kudos on that.

    Another problem with the story is that it seemed the writer was tired, and considering she had spent a lot of time doing the unnecessary, she rushed the ending.

    What happened to Starlight Group eventually and its competitors? That resolution was too essential to have been ignored. 

    The directing was also a good one, and although there are a few flaws here and there, the director did a good job although she did somehow fail to pay attention to specific details.

    Regardless, the director did an excellent job with the casting. The three sisters have similar physical attributes and choosing Shaffy Bello as the mother was indeed inspired and laudable.

    The acting was one of the highlights of Head Over Bills. Shaffy Bello killed that elite mother role, and even the young version of her character did an amazing job.

    Bimbo Ademoye is a beautiful actress and the way she can switch from the comic Bimbo to the emotional one and then the serious one? It was the icing on the film.

    I must add that what the director did with Anita Joseph’s character was good. Speaking of the cinematography, costume, and makeup, they were top-notch.

    Shout out to the costume especially those dresses which were hot and got the perfect bodies to flaunt them!

    In all, Head Over Bills is a good watch and would get a 6/10 from me.

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    • Dialogue 1.0
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    Chief Daddy 2: Going For Broke

    PG - Comedy-Drama | January 1, 2022 Storyline:

    The Beecrofts are back and this time, they have a new family member to contend with as the CEO of the late patriarch's company is bent on stopping them from getting their hands on their inheritance.

    • 2.0
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    Reviewed by AllNews Nigeria - 5 months ago

    So a lot of times, I find myself mincing words on movie reviews majorly because no matter how bad a movie was, the efforts put into creating that movie should count for something and should at least be given a bit of accolade. 

    This movie, however, will see no such kindness from me. Not only did it keep me angry hours after watching it, but it also poured ashes into my mouth.

    I’ll start with the obvious; the story lacked an actual story. The storyline was so haphazardly placed, I can almost fully wager that my little cousin would have come up with a better story than this if I bribed him enough. It was almost as if the directors and scriptwriter didn’t watch the prequel and just came up with the script overnight. One could even argue that the dialogue was made on the spot.

    I’ll go on and mention a few of the things that angered me as much as it confused me about the movie because quite sincerely I can’t even pinpoint the right adjectives to describe the emotions I felt while watching this much-hyped movie.

    First, I still can’t seem to wrap my head around how Chief Daddy would have a daughter who had so much power over his company without his lawyer having even the slightest idea about it. 

    I mean, for God’s sakes, a well-seasoned lawyer not knowing about the highest shareholder in her client’s company. In their haste to actually introduce Laila to us, they might have actually forgotten that a lawyer must know the ins and outs of their clients if a will is ever to be created and subsequently read.

    Also, the family fights felt forced. It looked more like everyone was bored and they just couldn’t wait to leave. The family clashes and fluid drama that we somewhat enjoyed in part one was nowhere to be found in the second part. Was it an omission by accident? Amnesia? Or just plain silliness, I don’t think I’ll ever find out.

    I also should add that I was worried about what went wrong with the notable beautiful sibling relationship between Ireti and Dammy. They were friends in part one, right? Or was I watching the back of my TV? And how come she didn’t apologize to him at the end for almost ruining his relationship? Or even to the family for putting their business out there for the world to see? I really need to meet the director!

    I’ve seen reconciliations in this life but what in the name of all things pure was that reconciliation at the end? All of a sudden, Laila is giving a toast and a speech and they all suddenly are now best of friends? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Please, abeg!

    Were the Dubai and London scenes necessary? No!

    Now the most disturbing part of this movie is they tried too hard to create a story for every character and then ended up getting distracted from the main reason for the actual production of Chief Daddy 2; Laila. It was cringeworthy.

    However, I can’t fail to notice the great efforts put into the cinematography. It was exquisite as it is now the norm for Ebony Studios.

    The casting should also be readily applauded as the movie boasts a staggering 17 lead actors (a major feat if you ask me). So whatever the movie lacked in plot, it genuinely made up for it in casting and the obvious talents of the actors. Good job.

    The locations too undoubtedly speaks luxury and the lush array of landmarks used is just plain beautiful to watch. The production quality as a whole should be given the accolade it deserves too.

    Mawuli Gavor (Dammy) also stands out as a very active presence in a movie heavily populated with oversized and underwritten characters.

    This film would have been more tolerable if it made us laugh more often and didn’t try too hard to bring out jokes at least appropriate times.

     

     

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    • Direction 3.0
    • Acting 3.0
    • Dialogue 3.0
    • Screen Play 4.0
    • Visuals 3.0

    A Naija Christmas

    PG - Comedy-Drama | December 16, 2021 Storyline:

    A mother whose health seems to be deteriorating tasks her three sons to get married by Christmas. The catch is that whoever ties the knot first will inherit her property.

    • 3.2
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    Reviewed by Sydney Elike - 6 months ago

    Kunle Afolayan excels in making comedy movies as well as serious ones. With A Naija Christmas, he brings the holiday cheers and fun with a thoroughly entertaining flick.

    Starring the late Rachel Oniga as Agatha Agu, this film revolves around her character who is unhappy with the fact that none of her three sons have settled down in life.

     After she is rushed to the hospital, Agatha tells her sons that whoever marries first will get the mansion she resides in.

    The three young men (played by Kunle Remi, Efa Iwara, and Abayomi Alvin) must race against time to get a lady to say yes to their proposal amid the sibling rivalry and bickering that threatens to tear them apart.

    Since the film is a comedy, the tone is light and there are exaggerated acts here and there, spiced with the needed jokes in between. Everything works in tandem to give the viewer a truly satisfying experience.

    The late Rachel Oniga steals every scene she appears in but it's the competition among her sons and their endless disagreements that make the film very entertaining.

    The actors who portray the three sons are all impressive in their performances but I feel the last one, Chike (Abayomi Alvin) was sidelined a little.

    Let me also mention that Adedimeji Lateef's portrayal of a creepy antagonist is both comical and unsettling. I also found it convincing.

    The cinematography is very good, the shots and sound editing perfect and the entire story ended in the best possible way.

    A Naija Christmas is the perfect holiday movie and once again Kunle Afolayan shows that he is at the top of his game.

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    • Direction 3.0
    • Acting 3.0
    • Dialogue 3.0
    • Screen Play 4.0
    • Visuals 3.0

    Swallow

    PG - Drama | October 1, 2021 Storyline:

    Popular singer Niyola plays Tolani, a young woman in 1980s Lagos, Nigeria, who becomes involved in smuggling with a friend of hers. 

    • 3.2
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    Reviewed by Sydney Elike - 8 months ago

    Kunle Afolayan improves with each new film he creates; with Swallow, he weaves an engrossing tale about a woman who is forced into what she abhors when her world begins crashing down.

    Starring popular singer Niyola, this drama captures the experiences of two friends living in Lagos in 1985. While Niyola's Tolani is a reserved woman who just wants to make a name for herself, her friend Rose (played by the talented Ijeoma Grace Agu) is a wild and adventurous lady who believes in taking advantage of every opportunity.

    When Tolani's only source of income is cut off, thanks to her womanizing boss, she dares to venture into the world of drug peddling to survive.

    The film is based on Sefi Atta's novel of the same name (the writer co-wrote the script alongside the director). I haven't read the book but the film got me hooked from start to finish.

    When it really comes down to it, there is really nothing particularly outstanding about this movie. But it is its simplicity in presentation and execution that makes its message unmistakeably clear.

    If I'm not mistaken, this is Niyola's film debut and in portraying the lead character, she gives a commendable performance. Her acting is quite convincing even though she could have done better in some scenes.

    While Tolani is the protagonist, I daresay another character ended up stealing the show here. That person is none other than her friend Rose.

    As Rose, the actress known as Ijeoma Grace Agu is simply amazing. With every scene, every line spoken, and every action taken, the viewer can't help but get enthralled by her. For me, she is the real MVP and I just wanted to keep seeing her do her thing.

    Apart from a few lapses in one or two scenes where the 1980s setting wasn't properly depicted, I didn't quite see any major faults in this film.

    The cinematography is an obvious improvement from Afolayan's previous films, the costumes are acceptable for the period the movie portrays, and the camera shots and angles are perfect.

    Another thing I would love to point out is the prominent use of the Yoruba language and its cultural influence as seen in the advice given to the heroine by her father in flashback scenes. I can't say how much I love seeing this as it helps promote our cultural heritage to the rest of the world. 

    Nollywood films are still not where I want them to be when compared with some of the great works from Hollywood and others but with Swallow, Afolayan shows that we are getting there.

     

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