BY ‘SEGUN ODEJIMI
The trailer of Femi Adisa‘s new film, King Invincible was released during the course of the week. King Invincible stars Tope Tedela, Gabriel Afolayan, Omowunmi Dada, Bimbo Manuel, Segun Dada, Mike Abdul and more.
Produced by Loveseed Entertainment, it was edited by Mike Steve while the screenplay was written by Paul Gaius. The director of photography is Kagho Crowther.
The film is expected to hit cinemas later this month.
After watching the trailer approximately 4.5 times, here are 4 quick things we learned from it.
- There’s an art to cutting trailers, but the folk who cut this hasn’t actually mastered it yet. Even if the film is nothing but a disappointing reel of motion pictures, the trailer has to make saliva drop from our shocked mouths. In fact, some New Nollywood directors/editors are King Invincibles at cutting trailers. You just can’t beat them to it. However, the oga wey cut this one is too honest for that craft. I won’t be surprised if the film turns up being a very good one, but going by this trailer, you will be forgiven for thinking the movie won’t be great.
- It is time Gabriel Afolayan quits threatening to be the next big thing and actually BE THE NEXT BIG THING. Gabriel is a brilliant actor, I can attest to it. We were classmates at the Theatre Arts department of the University of Ibadan – I have seen what he can do. I know there’s the argument about whether good stage actors can do it in front of the cameras but a quick revisiting of Tade Ogidan’s Madam Dearest will tell you the story. Don’t also forget that this year’s AMVCA trailblazer award winner is a product of the stage. So, trust me when I say Gabriel should have really become BIG and I am genuinely confused as to why he hasn’t. Or is it because he does not make too much red carpet noise like some people? Not you o jere, Alexx Ekubo.
- Can we move on to another problem? How to achieve good picture isn’t our problem anymore. With many of the movies being released lately, the myth that Nollywood has picture problems is being nailed into the ground. It might not be the best in the world, but it isn’t as bad as it used to be. What we’ve seen from this trailer is a further testament. I think the next major focus now should be sound. To be candid, it is still poor in Nollywood. Even in this one.
- AMVCA winner, Tope Tedela keeps reinventing himself. From his performance in A Soldier’s Story to Suru L’ere and now to King Invincible, Tope keeps showing that he is not prepared to get stuck in one place despite his accolades. He’s a director’s actor. Long may it continue and may the red carpet and social media turn his head. Amen.
Watch the trailer below.