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'Jagun Jagun' Review: An Unlikely Hero Defies The Odds In Netflix's Pacesetting Epic

'Jagun Jagun' Review: An Unlikely Hero Defies The Odds In Ne

It seems Nollywood has entered an era of the renaissance of epic films and as far as movies in the genre go, Jagun Jagun towers above them all.

Starring the inimitable Lateef Adedimeji and the incomparable Femi Adebayo, this Netflix action-packed flick makes use of everything in its arsenal to deliver a resonating tale soaring on a well-written script.

Adedimeji plays the unlikely hero Gbotija, a young man whose quest to become a warrior pits him against a living legend; the dreaded warlord named Ogundiji (Adebayo).

The protagonist who has just won the heart of a damsel must complete three deadly tasks, fighting for his life and love on a path that can only lead to an inevitable showdown with the greatest of them all.

Bolstered by career-defining performances from the two lead actors, Jagun Jagun sets the pace by redefining the meaning of the word 'Epic'. At times, it seems to buckle on its knees due to juggling a lot at once but in the end, it creates something the viewer won't forget in a hurry.

Lateef, whose amazing outing in Ayinla earned praise from me, goes a step further here by showing the most range I have ever seen in a Nollywood actor.

As Gbotija, the star evokes such pathos, displaying the different layers of a multi-dimensional character whose tragic journey is as surreal as it is eventful. 

On the other hand, Adebayo portrays the bloodthirsty Ogundiji with such a fetish that I am convinced he was not just acting the character but became the man himself.

The two men are the Yin and Yang in a tale reminding us all of the eternal struggle between good and bad, light and darkness, the ruler and the oppressed. I honestly couldn't have asked for a better duo to lead a Yoruba epic.

Femi Adebayo in JAGUN JAGUN

As expected, Jagun Jagun does have a few issues; one that I found particularly vexing was the unnecessary scene transition at the least expected times.

The tension in the first battle scene which I was so eager to see play out was a bit diluted when the camera kept cutting away to a dialogue between two others in a separate environment. It was really annoying.

The second issue for me was the fight scenes. When it comes to this, the sequences were a mixed bag of very good, great and underwhelming.

While some action scenes were surprisingly awesome and bloody, others were unconvincing, with the special effects going from realistic to cheap-looking.

Lateef Adedimeji in JAGUN JAGUN

Despite its downsides, the viewer can easily forget whatever failings Jagun Jagun has because when looked at as a whole, it doesn't leave too much to be desired.

One thing that stood out for me was the out-of-this-world score that plays for almost the entirety of the two-hour runtime. Whoever composed such ethereal melodies deserves unending accolades.

This film is a triumph and I am so proud that it came from the stables of Nollywood. This is how epics are made and I look forward to seeing it again.

Those with soft hearts should watch out for a gut-wrenching twist I never saw coming. It is guaranteed to bring you to tears.

Jagun Jagun not only sets the bar high for films in its genre, but it is also a testament to the fact that non-English films have far better appeal to audiences who understand how our diverse and rich cultural heritage needs to be explored on the big screen.

Rating: 8/10.

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