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Monday, 20 February 2017

PunIntended: Unsolicited Opinions. Something Wicked: Movie Review & Other Things




 

Review Epilogue (because I’m cool like that)

So, it was Sunday and church was over. The sad reality that I had exhausted my 2 weeks leave and was going to return to that soul crushing black hole of a job the next day, began to dawn on me. In a desperate bid to savor what was left of my freedom, I wanted to do something to lift my spirits. So, like every normal, non-dysfunctional, single male adult, I decided to go to the movies - alone. Still reeling from all the excitement and satisfaction I got from “The Wedding Party”, I decided to watch another Nollywood movie. 


The cinema closest to me is Genesis Deluxe at Lekki Palms. Among all the Naija movies they were showing, I settled for “Something Wicked” for a few reasons: The cast looked verypromising and I had stumbled on a series of tweets the previous day from one of its producers; she was soliciting for support, urging folks to go see the movie, apparently, the movie was made by a trio of independent filmmakers and this was their debut project in the industry. She said the opening numbers were decent but current projections indicated that the movie might be “kicked out” from the cinemas within 2 weeks of release. It was a passionate plea, guys. Anyway, to the review.


Review

The movie tells the story of Hauwa (played by the lovely IretiDoylewho struggles to salvage her business while catering to the needs of her family as a single parent. Her nephew, Abel(Okey Uzoeshi), who was recently orphaned, has just moved into her home. He rarely speaks and struggles to fit into his new family and this is chalked up as a post traumatic symptom from the loss of his parents. Hauwa’s children, Becca (Beverly Naya)Daniel (Gabriel Afolanyan) and Esther (Ivie Okujaye)were characters that formed a subplot which revolved around their sibling relationship. Also, there was the comic relief, Claudia (Adesua Etomiwho was Claudia’s Assistant/friend/colleague?  (It was never specified).


The ‘sweet spots’ of this movie occurred every time the characters exposed their vulnerabilities and because all of the actors are top notch, it was always beautiful to watch. Like Hauwabreaking down in her car because of a failed business presentation after hitherto putting a strong front for her friend. Beverly Naya admitting a secret to her brother who apparently had been concerned about her all along but masked it with his dismissive, big brother charade. 


This movie succeeds more as a family drama than a Psycho drama; a huge chunk of the movie (at least the first 90 minutes), safe for the Abel’s cryptic nuances and periodic nightmares, played out as just plain drama.


As usual, Ireti was outstanding in thisY’all know how she do. Her onscreen presence always shines through. In this movie, she also gets additional credit for speaking the Hausa Language almost fluently, complete with the undertones and intonations (I was born and raised in the North, fam). Her scenes with Adesua brought out her funny side which I’d never seen.


I had a slight issue was Adesua’s character. Although sheinterpreted her role decentlyin a few scenes, she came across as a bit over the top. This is one problem with Naija movies, even the good ones, they sometimes stretch the comic relief thing a bit too thin. Moderation, guys, please.


Also, the director did not do much to utilize the landscape as a character in the story. Hence, it is hard to say what part of Nigeria the family is based in. It is implied that they are a Northern family based in Lagos but then, why did Hauwa speak Hausa to a detective who she’d just met for the first time.

All in all, it was a good movie, if you’re looking to have a good time at the movies, you should check it out. Also, if you’re looking to be a good Christian and epp the filmmakers’ hustle, you should get a ticket.

 

NB: Gabriel Afolanyan, who until today I had only known as ‘Somebody Afolayan’ or ‘The Guy From That Airtel Advert’ is a really, really good actor but I hate that his beard makes mine look like birdflu. Anyway, he is a rich kid, we all know rich people eat good food which possess nutrients that stimulate the hair follicle and make beards connect. Everyone knows this. Read your Biology, guys.


It is also worth mentioning that Beverly Nayawho is currently known as the most beautiful girl in Nollywood – by me and my brother - was also outstanding here and really beautiful. 

Me: Did you watch the movie

My broYupp, Beverly Naya!

Me: Guy!!!

My bro: I swear!!!


Yea, we’re not very articulate, my brother and I. But we do love us some Beverly!

 


As written by blog reader; PunIntended



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Punintended πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. Loved this. Great read, I should see this movie soon. And yes, Beverly Naya is bae. I'd just leave it at that so I don't sound gay. πŸ™ˆ





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21 comments:

  1. Awww...I totally love the review....ALL OF It

    Something wicked...definitely in my wish list

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    1. I suggest you read CinemaPointer.com's review before you chunk your money in. CinemaPointer pride themselves in giving absolutely honest reviews, with no sugar coating. They exist for the viewer as opposed to epping hustles.

      http://www.cinemapointer.com/2017/02/something-wicked-short-movie-review.html

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    2. There's no wish list, go and watch it now. It might kicked out of cinema in two weeks time. Go and help the naija market

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  2. loooool @ Afolayan's beard part

    loooool @ Beverly Naya part.

    At some point you wrote like the movie aint that good, then at the end you saying we should watch it. Dude, to waste N1.5k at the cinema is a sin these days. You sure its worth N1.5k?

    Meanwhile...what happened to going to watch the movie with a babe? Why go alone?

    Peace

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    1. Currently babeless, fam. As for the movie, I guess I highlighted the flaws more but it's actually worth watching.

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    2. Dude! Have you met Sunshine? She is a babe! + wife material (I can tell) #JustSaying

      Peace

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    3. Punintended is a 'He'......who knew?
      A girl

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  3. I always thought pun intended was a girl thoughπŸ˜€

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  4. Hmmmmmmm.. nice review. Oya come and answer kons question. are u baeless??? Maybel

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  5. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ @ the beard part(be consoling yourself) and the conversation with your brother about Beverly Naya 😁

    I have always had a crush on Gabriel Afolayan. 😍
    He is one underrated actor in Nollywood. I don't get to see him as often as I'd love to.


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  6. Wedding party is over rated.

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    1. Learn to laugh lest life pass you by!

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    2. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      Wale u're wickitπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜‚

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  7. Beverly Naya is bae anytime anyday. I still wont go and watch nolllywood at the cinemas for this recession ni?

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  8. By our estimation, the idea propelling sentiments such as- Being "a good Christian and epp the filmmakers’ hustle" is in the long term terribly detrimental to Nollywood as an industry. Success at the cinemas should be earned and not begged for.

    At CinemaPointer, we love Nigeria, and we love Nollywood. And it is for the sake of our love for Nollywood, we feel obligated to be absolutely honest and accurate. We review without sugar coating. We say it exactly as we see it- If it's crap, it's crap!

    It is our believe that Nollywood producers rushing substandard and sub-par movies to cinema, are doing great harm to Nollywood. Especially, Nollywood at the cinemas.

    It is quite glaring that, very many people who have written off Nollywood-in-DVD, and wouldn't be bothered to buy or see Nollywood movies at home, are giving Nollywood a chance at the cinemas. Specifically because of great movies like 'The Wedding Party', '76', 'North East' and other spectacular titles that deserve praise and so earned their success.

    Sentiments will not last for too long when it comes to succeeding at the cinemas. So the idea of rushing half baked movies to cinema to cash-in on the Gold rush will eventually hurt Nollywood- Simply because, it is grave injustice to expect people to pay premium (As much as N1500) for movies that are essentially the quality of in-DVD movies priced at N200. It is just not right.

    Thus, it is our fear that, sooner or later, with the proliferation of substandard Nollywood-in-DVD quality movies at the cinemas, the patience of patriotic Nigerians is bound to wane. And with it, a rise in reluctance and disdain for Nollywood titles.

    Effectively putting a hard break on the renaissance, and success of Nollywood at the cinemas and as a whole. At CinemaPointer, it is our hope that we can help to stop that from happening by separating the chaff; supporting Nollywood with hard truth and candor. So help us God.

    We invite you to read our review of 'Something Wicked':

    http://www.cinemapointer.com/2017/02/something-wicked-short-movie-review.html

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    1. Thank you sir! God bless your hustle!😊
      Oya take cold mik so you can shill πŸ₯›

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  9. The Beverly Naya conversation is typical of my friends and I. We can everything with nothing.😁

    Two things are absolute
    1. Beverly Naya is lush and 2. I gotta crash, goodnight

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  10. Beverly be slaying since the 1900s.

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  11. I don't get the Beverly Naya hype tho... I'm not a fan, never been.

    Just know that if waste 2000 naira (weekend rate) to go and see this movie and it's not good, I'll come and collect my money from you and Thelma.

    In other news, Gabriel Afolayan is bae😍😍😍

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