All four movies executive produced by Mo Abudu are in the top ten highest grossing Nigerian movies of all time. She is business savvy like that. While she is the king (or Queen) of Nollywood Box Office, movies produced by her company, EbonyLife Films, have not been critically acclaimed. To be honest, they have not been great films. With The Royal Hibiscus Hotel, we can finally say Mo Abudu has given us a delightful rom-com.
The Wedding Party 2 was supposed to have exciting foreplay, long-lasting main event, and a beautiful climax. Instead, it had rushed foreplay, a not-so-main event, and no climax. Let me explain.
2017 has been a crazy year, with different trends, protests, agitations, political unrest across the world, but one thing that really stood out was the discussion on abuse on women – physically, sexually and domestically – and Omoye, an Uche Chukwu’s film, focuses on domestic violence.
Sobi’s Mystic made me a fan of Biodun Stephen’s work, Picture Perfect took the fandom to a different level but Glimpse showed that Superman is sometimes Clark Kent. Biodun’s ability to write a compelling, believable and enjoyable story is probably unrivaled in Nollywood right now. But there is more to a movie than its story, the acting, cinematography, directing and production all play key roles in making a movie more presentable and acceptable.
In my review of The Friend Zone, I had talked briefly about my love for the low-budget movies shown on iROKOtv. Obsession, which premiered this past Friday on iROKOtv, follows a formula synonymous with movies shown on iROKOtv; low-budget production, great storyline and a fine mix of popular and unpopular talented actors.
I am starting to enjoy the low-budget movies showing on iROKOtv and The Friend Zone, which is a low-budget film is totally enjoyable. These low-budget films usually star less known albeit talented actors. The Friend Zone starring Chelsea Eze and Daniel Lloyd starts as a feel-good movie and ends up leaving viewers in an emotional zone.
Catch.er is one of the movies I look forward to seeing this October. After the acclaimed success of Waltbanger’s 2015 Gbomo Gbomo Express, he established a claim to Nigeria’s finest in the crime genre. So, many, including me, were pumped to see Catch.er. I finally did, and I have mixed feeling about the movie. The idea was great; execution was nowhere near perfect.
About a week or so ago, a friend brought to my attention a so-called legal thriller – The Tribunal (watch trailer), produced by Kunle Afolayan and starring such Nollywood heavyweights such as Omotola Jalade and Funsho Adeolu. With cast and crew of such pedigree, I had hoped to see something great and mindblowing. In my mind I expected a new standard set for legal thrillers in Nollywood, maybe our alpha version of My Cousin Vinny.
While the Nollywood movies released in the 90s and mid-2000 lacked the technology that the current ones have, they complemented…