BY ‘SEGUN ODEJIMI
The trailer for Nollywood filmmaking newbie, Belinda Yanga-Agedah‘s collection of short stories, Romance Is Overrated is an interesting one.
Romance is Overrated (RIO) is a tapestry of 3 independent short films which unfolds in 3 chapters: Slow Fade, Romance is still Overrated and Two Colours of Rainbow.
The film was shot in Lagos and Calabar and features Bryan Okwara, Kiki Omeili, Keira Hewatch, Omowunmi Dada, Mofe Duncan, Omotu Bissong, Kunle Remi, Chiemele Azurunwa, Judith Audu, Godwin Osakwe and Belinda Yanga.
Here’s what we learned.
1. For a film shot in 2013, Romance Is Overrated looks good from the trailer. The film was shot in 2013 and has spent the last two years in post-production. That is probably one of what accounts for this film looking good on the eye. Yes, we know trailers can be full of deceit but we will be shocked if the movie turns out bad when it is finally released next month.
2. Is that really Bryan Okwara? Bryan Okwara belongs to a group of handsome young men who seem unable to ever possess the ability to act even if their lives were on the line. That awesome group also includes Alexx Ekubo, Uti Nwachukwu and IK Ogbonna. But during the several moments Bryan appeared in this trailer, we almost did not believe our eyes. Or, should we not just get our hopes up yet until we see the film?
3. Keira Hewatch. Honestly, only Keira herself might be able to answer why she’s not bigger than she is on the Nigerian moviemaking scene. She definitely has the talent. And she has been around for some time now. That talent is again evident in this trailer. From what we’ve seen, we have her nailed on to be one of the shining lights of this film.
4. Romance Is Overrated looks like a well-directed flick. Technically, as mentioned above, from what we have seen, the film looks good. Maybe a few sound issues aside. Some of the acting also look on point and when you look at it, the film isn’t exactly the most star-studded. But the acting in this trailer and what it manages to give away in the form of story present you with something to look forward to.
Will that thirst be justified? The wait is almost over.
Watch the trailer below: