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. It is in these areas that Glimpse fell short.
Glimpse has an interesting story and it is refreshing given how Nollywood has sidelined films themed around faith in recent years. The story is primarily focused on perseverance and the test of faith. Terfa (Okey Uzoeshi) and Simi (Bisola Aiyeola) are a Christian couple struggling financially as a result of Terfa’s unemployment.
Things got worse as the rent renewal approached and the Landlady, Aunt Jeje, played by Toyin Afolayan, who did a terrific job slaying this character, keeps disturbing and embarrassing them. The couple and their only daughter are barely eating and there is this rent wahala!
The film started well, we were immediately introduced into the deep sea of poverty the couples are swimming in. Then, we spent the first 40 minutes of the film getting to know how poor they are. The stress on the couple’s travails was so much and resulted in dragged scenes. We already know Terfa and Simi are poor, what next? No one should have to wait forty minutes before a movie transition to its other elements.
After that long wait, the story got more interesting and there was not a dull, prolonged or bored moment again.
Now, I am not sure on the actors’ performance, Yes, Bisola Aiyeola and Okey Uzoeshi may have obvious chemistry but I think this script was not made for Bisola. She struggled to portray the character of a woman carrying the weight of the world on her shoulder. Her crying scenes will not make you cry or feel emotional. They might irritate you instead because they were not believable. At all!
Okey Uzoeshi, who played Terfa, on the other hand, was superb. Even when he talks, you can hear pains and suffering in his voice and his eyes say it all. The on-and-off performance from Bisola disadvantaged the movie.
Toyin Afolayan was amazing in her role as Aunty Jeje, a typical annoying Yoruba landlady. She made it easier to watch the long first 40 minutes of Glimpse with her street vibes and slangs like fineboy looking stupid.
Biodun Stephen will always write good stories but a cake is not attractive without its icing. Glimpse is a delightful story but it lacked cinematic cosmetic that would have made it 10/10 movie. The directing fell short on some occasions. There were scenes that could have been better; the sex scene and the scene in which Terfa confronted Simi over Mr. Komina’s texts. On great sex scenes in Nollywood, I will keep making reference to Obsession by Judith Audu.
By the way, why do low-budget Nollywood movies come out looking dark? Why can we not brighten up stuff and have nice pictures? Picture Perfect produced by same Biodun Stephen and directed by Tope Alake had a great picture! Picture might not been perfect but the soundtrack was. For every scene, there was a befitting sound playing in the background; with volumes or intensity going up as a scene progresses in intensity.
Just as in Sobi’s Mystic (read review here), there is a pleasant twist (typical Biodun Stephen) at the end and this gave the movie a beautiful climax.
In the end, Glimpse was lovely. A beautiful story on trusting on the Lord! It is 2 hours long but once you pass the first 40 minutes, you will not feel the length of the film.
Glimpse is available for download on iROKOtv.