After the untimely death of King T'Challa, Queen Ramonda, Princess Shuri, and the rest of Wakanda must defend their country from a new threat and a powerful new foe.
Before I saw this, I told myself that it would be an emotional moment for me due to the painful reminder that Chadwick Boseman isn't coming back.
I determined that I was not going to get teary-eyed but that proved to be almost impossible because director Ryan Coogler's sequel kept tugging at my heartstrings.
Story-wise, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever trumps its prequel. The themes of love, loss, grief, sacrifice, revenge and redemption steer the plot to places that make the movie one heck of a roller coaster of emotions.
The character development here is amazing and the acting is arguably the best ever seen in the MCU.
I tip my hat to Angela Basset as Queen Ramonda and Letitia Wright as Princess Shuri. For their out-of-this-world performances, they both deserve awards.
Visually, the film is dope. The special effects are what you would expect from a Marvel film and the action, though not as spectacular as I hoped, is an improvement from that of the first film.
The antagonist here (I choose not to call him a villain because he is not) is someone who many will relate to.
He is motivated by the need to protect his people and all that he holds dear and his actions, as terrible as they might be, show that he walks the grey area between good and bad.
Coogler's decision to focus on storytelling and drama makes this movie a triumph and I have a feeling that the late Boseman would be proud.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever lives up to the hype and brought up a whirlwind of emotions in me at some point.
A job well done by Coogler and the rest of the team.
Based on Wole Soyinka's play, this is the story of a horseman who must sacrifice himself to serve his ruler in the afterlife. But sudden distractions lead to unexpected tragedy.
The late Biyi Bandele put in a lot of effort translating Wole Soyinka's literary work onto the big screen and while the final result is commendable, it is let down by its rather anti-climatic third act.
The story begins and you are drawn in from the very first scene. The set pieces are beautiful, the costumes impressive, and the characters all play their parts well.
Elesin Oba thrives when it comes to its dialogue; rich, poetic, and infused with unending proverbs and metaphors, the interaction among the characters is nothing short of amazing.
Odunlade Adekola is imposing and impressive as the King's Horseman. He does a pretty good job with the role. The only complaint from me is that ridiculous fake beard.
I almost didn't recognise popular singer Brymo when he was first shown on screen. As an artiste, he has shown talent but I never expected to be won over by his acting as well.
To me, the standout of this film in terms of performance is Shaffy Bello as Iyaloja. The scene where she reprimands Elesin Oba continues to stand out in my memory as one of the highlights of the third act.
I will not forget Deyemi Okanlawon who equally shines despite limited screen time.
Plot-wise, this film does well until the concluding path which fails to produce the expected effect. This is where a theatrical performance thrives whereas a film doesn't.
Soyinka wrote the book to be acted on stage and maybe that's the only place Elesin Oba can really be the masterpiece it ought to be.
Dwayne Johnson is Teth Adam/Black Adam, a man with god-like powers who is awoken thousands of years after everything he loved was taken from him.
Thrust into a world he barely recognises, the anti-hero unleashes his fury and vengeance on those who cross his path, drawing the attention of the Justice Society of America.
Sooner or later, Black Adam must decide to either be the one who ends up destroying the world or the one who saves it.
Right from when this project was officially greenlit, I couldn't wait to see Dwayne Johnson (one of my favourite Hollywood stars) play the unforgiving anti-hero.
But I was also sceptical about how the film was going to be helmed; superhero films (especially from DC) have been messed up and I didn't want the former wrestler to be involved in anything that would be mediocre.
Fortunately, my fears were totally laid to rest within the first ten minutes of sitting through 'Black Adam'.
One thing critics should remember is that this is first and foremost a superhero movie. That means it most likely would get mixed reviews.
If you can watch a flick that has someone flying around then you can suspend your disbelief and not rate the film like you would a normal drama.
This film grabbed my attention early enough and I had to try to keep up with its rather fast pace in the beginning but when things settled, it became a glorious spectacle.
Dwayne Johnson was truly born to play this role and it shows right from when he begins doing his thing.
The story is not remarkable (how many superhero films are?) and some of the main characters aren't fully fleshed out but 'Black Adam' excels in every way a movie of the genre should.
The action is literally pulse-pounding, the visual effects mind-blowing, and the main character is just awe-inspiring.
Director Jaume Collet-Serra proves how good he is when it comes to delivering jaw-dropping spectacle and I can't wait for the next chapter.
Besides Black Adam himself, Hawkman and Dr Fate are amazing (the other two in the Justice Society of America are cool too but can't be compared to the others).
That mid-credits scene was something I knew would happen and when it finally did, I still couldn't stop the big grin on my face.
'Black Adam' is dope and while critics won't find it good enough, they should know that this movie was made for the audience that really matters; the fans.
Kunle Remi stars as Saro, a young man who arrives in a village to earn a living. His weakness lands him in trouble and changes the course of his life.
I have watched Kunle Afolayan thrill audiences over the years with his outstanding movies. Unfortunately, 'Anikulapo' doesn't have a place among them despite his best efforts.
Kunle Remi and Bimbo Ademoye star in this tale of a man's tragic flaw, forbidden love and power. As the leads, they give exceptional performances but that isn't enough to catapult the film to greatness.
The opening scene made me cringe as a result of the poor CGI (a recurring issue in Nollywood) and while the costumes and set pieces are not bad, the locale didn't quite capture the ancient kingdom being portrayed.
I heard Afolayan purchased acres of land to film this project. Kudos, bro but it was quite evident that it was just constructed solely for this. It lacked the expected verisimilitude.
Kunle Remi is not an actor I know that well and apart from Afolayan's previous feature 'A Naija Christmas', I don't think I have seen him act before.
He plays the hero of the story very well, embodying a handsome fellow who can't escape the consequences of giving in to his weakness.
Bimbo Ademoye is also compelling here (when has she ever been otherwise). The chemistry between them is sizzling and I have a feeling that sex scene between her and Remi will be something fans will chew on for some time.
I found the pacing a bit slow at the onset as the director took his time in establishing the characters. Things pick up and become more interesting later on.
The conflict that sends the lovers into exile propels the film to a whole new dimension and I expected a series of events that would lead to a worthy conclusion. While the ending isn't bad, it left a lot to be desired.
The production value of this project somehow doesn't really shine through as I thought it would. The cinematography didn't exactly meet my expectations, and the visual effects are just laughable.
Nothing speaks Karma like a woman scorned and that proves to be the case for the protagonist in the final act. The story is good but the execution isn't anything spectacular.
Conclusion: This isn't Kunle Afolayan's best and it sure won't earn any standing ovation. But Kunle Remi and Bimbo Ademoye make it worthwhile.
Set in the African kingdom of Dahomey in the 1820s, this film follows the Agojie, an all-female group of warriors who must protect their land from both foreign and close threats.
Perhaps this is going to be one of the first reviews that aren't overwhelmingly positive but as a critic who must speak my mind, I don't hesitate to say The Woman King doesn't live up to the hype.
I looked forward to this film while being careful not to expect too much. I also avoided early reviews and got to see it at an advanced screening. Coming out of the cinema, I was left thinking, 'Is that what they could come up with?'
The above is not say that film is bad. It's not just that it is not good as the trailer makes it out to be.
The plot is quite engaging and the actors don't do badly (I will single out Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch, and John Boyega as the obvious standouts).
Viola Davis is a great actress no doubt but her role here doesn't leave any lasting impression on me.
We are led to believe from the film's title that she is the protagonist (maybe I'm wrong in that assumption) but the movie actually belongs to Mbedu's character Nawi.
As Nawi, the young actress flourishes and astounds, leaving little else to be desired. She showed range and I couldn't get enough of her.
Lashana Lynch is equally amazing as the fierce but loving warrior Izogie, whose bond with Nawi helps make the plot more interesting.
As the proud monarch of the Dahomey kingdom, John Boyega is one heck of a scene stealer. I never knew he had such charisma, bringing humour to a rather serious role with such professionalism.
Apart from the aforementioned positives, almost every other thing in The Woman King is mediocre.
First off, the cinematography is a major letdown. I mean, I have seen better camera work in some Nollywood films. Brutal and harsh, but that's my honest take.
The dialogue is nothing out of the ordinary and the pacing is also a bit inconsistent.
Perhaps the most disappointing thing about this film is the action. The action sequences were plain dull and it was easy to see that most of the blows and kicks didn't land despite the impressive choreography.
The film would have us believe that the Agojie are an army but I never saw anything beyond a handful of soldiers numbering about 40 at most.
Before I forget, the antagonist (played by Jimmy Odukoya) is a major presence and came off as one fit for the film but sadly doesn't get adequate screen time and his backstory isn't even explored.
In all, The Woman King is far less than it should be, never rising beyond a mediocre interpretation despite committed performances from its talented cast.
Jim Iyke stars as Oscar, a rich young man who must find his passport so that he can travel to the UK to see his ailing mother.
The arrogant protagonist enlists the help of his uncle (Jide Kosoko) and the semi-literate, street-wise Kopiko (Mercy Johnson) to locate the missing document.
I went to the cinema with an open mind as I did not even watch the trailer for this film directed by Dimeji Ajibola and produced by Vincent Okonkwo.
The major draw for me was the combination of Jim Iyke and Mercy Johnson; I was eager to see how they would play off each other and having seen Passport, I say it was a wise decision casting them in the lead roles.
As Oscar, Iyke once again gives off the vibe of the kind of character he is known for playing; arrogant, spoilt, and temperamental.
Oscar's pairing with the trash-talking loudmouth known as Kopiko (Johnson) results in unending clashes between the two, which is the movie's greatest strength as the comedy is what holds this rather mediocre film together.
Story-wise, Passport doesn't have a lot going for it. We have two people from opposite sides of life brought together.
Their shared experience working together teaches them some of life's valuable lessons and they find something neither of them expected.
While the above is good, the execution is something that has played out in Nollywood times without number.
Johnson's Kopiko character is perhaps the best thing about this film. The actress has comedy running in her veins and apart from the occasional jokes that don't land and the expected 'overacting', she steals every scene.
The antagonist is an interesting character, one I would have loved to see more of or have his backstory explored. Since comedy is the goal here, I guess that is easily forgiven.
The cinematography, for me, does not really measure up to what we see in Nollywood these days. Only a few aerial shots and one chase scene piqued my interest.
In the end, Passport was made to do one thing; make audiences laugh and have a good time. While its execution isn't outstanding, it does what it sets out to do thanks to its two leads.
Four years later Chike has barely come to terms with her life as a US Government Agent, when she is forced to risk everything she holds dear once again after an international Terrorist kidnaps Grace’s daughter in order to blackmail Chike into doing hr bidding.
Chike and Grace must reunite and build a team to defeat the terrorist and save Grace’s daughter.
The Set Up 2 continues the story of Chike and Grace as they navigate the underworld of drug trade, business secrets and professional trickery while trying to stay alive amid new different obstacles they now face.
The film is a follow-up to the events of the first part and is written and directed by Chinaza Onuzo.
Grace (played by Kehinde Bankole) now has a child and the conflict begins when Usi (Nancy Isime) kidnaps the child so as to ensure that Chike (Adesua Etomi) does her bidding. Grace and Chike reunite to get back Grace’s daughter and take down Usi once and for all.
I liked that the story actually looked like it knew where it was going. It showed originality and a flair that Nollywood seems to have forgotten it can muster.
I loved the costumes, especially Nancy Isime's bodysuit. It was really hot. A big thumbs up to the wardrobe and make-up department.
I think the lighting and scenery choice was exciting as it projected exactly what we'd like to see in Nollywood movies.
I also loved the casting choices as it was exciting to see many of Nollywood's sweethearts on the big screen once again.
The movie however leaves a lot to be desired as it fails to live up to the expectation and thrill I got from its trailer.
Firstly, the choreography was a constant eyesore. I shook my head through most of the action sequence. They could have done better, it was that bad.
Also there were some scenes that were grossly unrealistic in a real life setting. For example, how do you suddenly just let go of someone you've been gunning to kill for virtually most of the movie, just like that.
I think characters were also underutilised. The writing felt lazy and it failed to really show the strength that we all know this rich cast could conjure.
For people who are not as picky and choosy as me when it comes to movies, you'd probably enjoy this movie.
But for someone like me, it pains me, but this is not a movie I'd go to watch a second time.
Jamie Foxx stars as a vampire hunter in California who must score big in his quest to take down the fanged creatures or lose his family in a matter of days.
This movie starts on a high note and gets it right until it doesn't halfway through, held back by its weak plot, cliche dialogue, and stupidly predictable ending.
Netflix seems to be the home of every kind of film these days; the good, the bad and the cringy. Day Shift manages to make its way in between the first and second categories.
Those who have seen the trailer should know that it never gets better than that.
Jamie Foxx is dangerously lethal, charismatic, and ruthless as the lead but can't help the film become more than crowd-pleasing mediocrity when it's all said and done.
The plot is pretty ambitious; vampires living comfortably in LA, finding ways to move about during the day, with hunters from the police force hunting them down in day and night shifts.
How on earth could these bloodsuckers live in the city for that long without residents (e.g. the family of the protagonist) knowing about them?
Another thing that didn't sit well with me is the way the vampires' abilities are portrayed here. I kept wondering if they were contortionists or stuntmen instead of the dreaded creatures of old.
Jamie Foxx as Bud is one heck of a killer but the way he always seems to overcome the vampires reduced the threat level to an almost laughable degree.
The dialogue is full of cliches (some of which don't even evoke the expected response) and at times the dark humour seems forced.
The villain of the movie is shown as an extremely powerful vampire whose revenge mission puts her on the trail of the hero. But even her powers are underutilised and become pretty inconsequential because the good guy always has to win.
Despite the above issues, Day Shift does have a few good things going for it; the sound, action, and visual effects are on par and will please most fans who like to see Foxx kick ass.
In all, this film isn't as good as it pretends to be and not even Snoop Dogg's legendary swagger and smooth drawl can save it from its many shortcomings.
Day Shift is an average action film and nothing more.
Hollywood legend Brad Pitt stars as a retired assassin who is pulled back into the violent life when he is hired to deliver a briefcase from a bullet train travelling from Tokyo to Kyoto.
David Leitch, Brad Pitt, and the rest of the stars who make up the ensemble cast in this movie make it one of the most memorable action flicks of 2022.
The first trailer of Bullet Train did not pique my interest and I only decided to see it because of Brad Pitt (the dude has a way of making most movies he appears in awesome).
A few minutes into it and I was already regretting being in the cinema as the exposition on some of the characters almost muddled things up.
A few minutes after the above, things became clearer, kicked up a notch, accelerated and went full throttle, sending me into an ecstasy of non-stop entertainment.
The plot is brilliantly written and every character brings a new unique input to the overall progression of events as they unfold.
Director David Leitch (known for the first John Wick film) fuses style with an engrossing storyline, spectacular action and a mind-blowing finale to get you so involved in this fantastic feature that nothing else matters.
Brad Pitt is amazing as usual and all the other supporting actors bring flair and wonderful acting chops to what becomes a dream come true for action lovers.
The antagonist was really made to be as scary as possible and the myth was only reduced when he was finally unveiled.
As for the action scenes, I found them quite enjoyable even though some of the punches and kicks obviously don't land in a few sequences.
The sound is perfect and the special effects are out of this world.
All in all, I say Bullet Train blew me completely away, taking me to places that I never expected it to. It's a genuine crowd pleaser for sure.
An awkward 32-year-old man's life is turned upside down when he discovers that the girl he wants is the model of the dating website he is obsessed with.
Hey You Movie follows the story of Abel (Timini Egbuson) and Bianca (Efe Irele) who meet on a sex link-up website called “Fans Alone”.
They meet in real life but Abel is an extremely shy and nerdy person.
Meanwhile, Bianca is a pro: an absolute expert on the Fans Alone website where she makes the sexual wishes of her clients come to pass as she meets them online.
However, things begin to take a drastic turn when Abel (Timini Egbuson) falls in love with Bianca (Efe Irele).
The acting is the spice of the movie. Timini has grown so much as an actor and it is beautiful to see.
Also, the connection between him and Efe Irele cannot be ignored; they made the sex scene look real.
Stan Nze is a brilliant actor; he was the comic relief in the movie and did it well for the overall plot development.
Additionally, the set pieces are gorgeous and the costumes add to the aesthetic appeal. The cinematography is also top-notch.
Hey You proves to be the most sexual Nollywood movie in 2022.
Viewers who find sexual scenes disturbing on TV are advised to ignore this one as it is rated 18.