Hey hunnays! So sorry for the disappearing act. Back in Lagos and so much to do I can barely raise my head up for air. Plus sometimes certain demands arise in the family and you need to step up, I'm hoping I can find more time soon.
Because I barely have time to myself during the day, I decided that in order to be more effective I'm going to start waking up an hour or an hour and thirty minutes earlier. So yes, I've been up since before 5am. But... I'm ashamed to say that I've been on the net catching up on my favourite blogs, gist and gossip. I kept telling myself, this isn't why we woke up early. But I just couldn't stop! Addicted much?
I visited Miss Pynk's blog and as it turns out, she's just seen the movie Fifty. Apparently the movie failed to meet her expectations and she says she's not sure what the whole movie was about. Some people seem to agree that it was a disappointing movie.
And thats totally understandable. I mean, considering the multiple movie premieres; extravagant movie premieres, both home and abroad; the superfluous publicity, excessive hype, numerous photo ops; photo shoots and magazine covers... Then also the supposedly humongous budget which was said to have run into several millions (millions of dollars?)... One's expectations would be peaked so high and you know when that happens, disappointment is almost always imminent. So yes, Mo Abudu's extravagant marketing campaign was profitable but it was also counterproductive.
Therefore I do understand completely that Fifty must have been disappointing for most.
That said, I actually enjoyed the movie. I mean, it had great entertainment value! Whatever you might think or say about Fifty, it is not a boring movie, not in the least! Now while I agree that the ladies in the leads have done better jobs in the past; Nse Ikpe Etim, Dakore Egbuson Akande and Omoni Oboli,.... Ireti Doyle's character tickled me no end. And oh, she played that character to a T!
The sex(ish) scenes were quite awkward; the scenes between Emmanuel Ikubese and Ireti Doyle. But darn I love that they were real. Nollywood went there! We are a conservative people and this sometimes reflects in our movies, often resulting in a poor depiction of supposed reality, especially where sex or sexuality is involved. But Fifty tried to push the envelope; no there was no nudity but the kisses were very deep and very real (considering the age gap between the kissers), as were the touching, the teasing and the stroking. You could easily picture Emmanuel as the perfect sex toy bringing his yummy sugar mummy to episodes after episodes of explosive orgasms.
I don't agree that there was no point to the movie. While some might say they failed to see the point, I could easily term Fifty as an exposé of the seemingly perfect lives of our elite. There were different themes, or should I call them subject matters? And these are themes, that if you've read, talked with, liaised with, mixed with or belong to the members of this class, you would know really do exist in their world.
Hell, even the producer herself has been furtively accused of at least one of these subjects on some scandal-loving gossip blogs in the past (All unsubstantiated by the way). So you can't help but wonder how much of these characters, stories and personalities were inspired by real people in (her) world/class/circle or Lagos society in general.
There was gambling, hard drugs, incest, rape, older women paying younger men for sex, sleeping with friends' husbands, poor parenting, dark secrets in perfect families, despair and discontent in the the seat of wealth, terminal illnesses and then more.
There's Ireti Doyle. A renowned gynecologist living in the plush areas of the island. On the outside she's this great upstanding citizen, very successful in her field, and wealthy too! The younger ones look up to her and aspire to be like her. Behind closed doors she's a man-eater who would date or shag just about any guy, especially if he's hot, young and yummy! No one is off limits, not even her own's daughter's boyfriend with whom she was caught in bed, by her now estranged daughter.
There's Dakore, the diva whose reality show is raking in millions by the minute. On the outside she's the neurotic diva you just don't want to cross. But she's got her reasons, she's got her secrets.
Omoni Oboli is a real estate mogul. She runs one of the biggest real estate companies in the country and sits at the head of the board. She's the prim and proper matriarch running a million dollar empire. But there she is shagging her friend's husband and getting pregnant for him at 50!
Nse Ikpe Etim, oh well... She didn't quite belong in their world. Her character tended to totter on the periphery yet it was really instrumental to how things unravelled.
I'm trying not to give any spoilers for those who haven't see this movie. It's been out for a while and I saw it over a month ago. If you haven't seen it, I think you should. I make no promises as I don't know what your expectations are. But if there's one thing I'm sure of, it's that you will be entertained.
And isn't that why we watch movies?
So have you seen the movie Fifty? What did you think about it?