BY DEOYE FALADE
So you went to see a movie because a whole lot of noise had been made about it. The trailer looked really good and with the array of stars in the movie, you were assured it was going to be an awesome moment in front of the screen. If that didn’t convince you, the director or the budget behind the film did. So what happens when you leave the cinema or turn off the DVD with deflated spirits? I know; I’ve been there too. Here are 10 such hyped movies which didn’t really live up to expectations – I’m not saying they’re all horrible, they just didn’t live up to the hype…
For a movie by Emem Isong, starring the likes of Majid Michel, Alexx Ekubo and South African actress, Rosemary Zimu, you’d expect a pretty good screen moment. But no, this is one beautiful let-down – the beautiful part being the title of title of the movie, Champagne, and the poster. Creative inconsistencies, mediocre acting from key cast and technical issues made the movie seem so disjointed and disappointing to watch. Majid settled in at some point and showed why he’s really good, the Champagne character also did but they couldn’t even save the movie.
Perhaps the only thing that was broken at the end of this movie is the hearts of the viewers – for those that bothered to finish it anyway. This is one movie that shows why you should never base the possibility of a movie being good on the cast you see on it. To be honest, when you see Nse Ikpe-Etim, Seun Akindele and Femi Jacobs in a movie, you’ll expect something good right? Wrong! Whatever good acting these guys would have conjured was killed off by some really awful production. I’ll stop here.
A Place in the Stars
Now this is not a bad movie but after sitting through it, you’ll most likely give a ‘meh’ reaction. It’s not one you’ll want to talk about days after seeing it and not one that would make you run off to Facebook to post some tantalising update with a small spoiler added – to the chagrin of your friends. Good director, sound story, huge budget, lovely scenery, technical competence, refreshing cast and good enough acting but you’ll sense some lack of chemistry and soul in it. It didn’t all come together nicely – think about the lull in the dialogue, most noticeable in the scene where Kim (Gideon Okeke)’s fiancée and her friend went to check on him after the car chase that left him in an accident. Dora Akunyili’s speech stood out as one of the best parts and considering that this was a past event lifted into the movie, what does this tell you?
We do love our historical epics but they don’t come any worse than this did. For all the hype and expectation of a blockbuster movie making the rounds for years, Invasion 1897 will invade whatever artistic sensibilities you have and leave you seething. You’ve got white actors who cannot act, mediocre dialogue, cringe-worthy battle scenes and a great historical ruler reduced to a caricature by an actor who seemed to be acting for stage on screen – not that he was awful really. In fact, the entire movie gives you the feeling that the screenwriter and director forgot that they were shooting a movie and not a stage play. For all the hype, this was hugely disappointing from Launcelot Imasuen.
With 2face, Alibaba, Basketmouth, Basorge Tariah, Sound Sultan, Akpororo, Eniola Badmus, Wale Ojo, I.K Osakioduwa, Peter Fatomilola, Aluwe, Saka, Segun Adefila, Tunde Obalana and many other in the cast, Head Gone is a star-studded comic flick that was big on the hype but delivered little. Produced and directed by two of Nigeria’s music industry mainstays, Lanre Fasasi (Sound Sultan) and Dare Fasasi (Baba Dee), Head Gone showed glimpses of genius. You could sense the brilliant idea behind it but in the end it turned out as a not so coherent film. For perspective though, it’s basically a weird assortment of events, people and actions – both sane and insane – like the title suggests. For a comedy, Headgone was decent in many ways but still loses a lot of its punch. Perhaps it would have fared better IF a more seasoned director handled the project and if it was released way before 30 Days in Atlanta.
I won’t say much about this one. It’s the shallowest and disjointed biopic I’ve ever seen. Jesus wept.
Make A Move
The only real move they made here was copying Jessica Alba’s Honey. Want drama and dance on screen? You’re better off watching Maltina Dance All.