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|Re: Safari's Movie Reviews by wesley80(m): 5:33pm On Jan 17|
Slynation:Lol. Perhaps she is but there was way too much bile in the criticism it became distasteful.
|Re: Safari's Movie Reviews by safarigirl(f): 6:08pm On Jan 17|
Movie Title: Lionheart
Cast: Genevieve Nnaji, Nkem Owoh, Pete Edochie, Onyeka Onwenu, Kanayo O Kanayo, Phyno
Time: 1h 36 mins
Producer: Chinny Onwugbenu
Director: Genevieve Nnaji
A young woman has to save the family-owned company, after they face bankruptcy. With the support of her rather charismatic uncle, they race against time to ensure a rival company does not acquire their company.
This movie marked the directorial debut of Nollywood icon, Genevieve Nnaji, and going by the boundaries it broke, you could say the debut was indeed successful.
So, let's see what about LionHeart prompted one of the biggest streaming sites in the world, Netflix, to acquire it for a whooping $3.8 million.
Well, first of all, we have to give props to the cinematography. It was top notch, honestly, who knew Enugu could be this beautiful? Someone should flog the likes of Ugezu J. Ugezu, and those other local Nollywood movie producers for always showing us dilapidated Enugu. LionHeart brought out the beauty of the city of Enugu, and there was also some time to shed a spotlight on the ancient city of Kano.
The storyline was simple.... Way too simple by Nigerian standards and this is probably why some people still think there was nothing wow about it, but beyond the simplicity, it failed to live up to the common stereotypes of Nigerian movies in so many ways. I mean, how odd was it that Chief Obiagu (Pete Edochie) fell ill, and it wasn't because one wicked relative in the village had called his name three times, broken an egg and spat on a piece of kola? Or that his brother (Nkem Owoh) was invited to supervise the company in his absence, and he didn't make a play to muscle out his daughter, Adaora (Nnaji) from the company? Even more, what is the likelihood of an Igbo famiky seeking a merger with an Hausa one to save their company? You mean, Chief Obiagu (Edochie) had a son (Phyno) and somehow, it was the daughter running his company? Even more, the son was musician, and he hadn't managed to get himself disowned? And you mean, KOK did not make his money through rituals?
There were so many cliches that just weren't allowed to fester, and for that, I have to give the movie some kudos. I also liked the promotion of indigenous Nigerian languages; the movie was quite realistic in a sense. The Obiagu family were able to converse in both Igbo and English in most of the scenes, and when it called for it, conversations were also held in Hausa, notably, when Chief Obiagu (Edochie) spoke to Alhaji Maikano, it was quite surprising to find that Pete Edochie was so fluent in Hausa.
I also enjoyed the flirty relationship Adaora (Nnaji) came to have with Hamza Maikano (Sani Mu'azu). Of course, the movie didn't delve into any relationship they had, but we saw signs of some potential if we ever get a part 2, Hamza was smitten with Adaora, who seemed rather shy around him. It was adorable to watch and I really enjoyed the acting by Mu'azu. When I first heard him speak, I thought, "Thank God they found an actual Hausa guy with the perfect Hausa accent" instead of the usual make-shift Hausa people with some funny version of the incredibly posh 'Malo' accent. If you've ever heard educated Hausa people speak, you'll get my drift, Hamza was all that and then some, total heartthrob
I also liked the progress of the story, I liked that every scene had it's place, even the supposedly irrelevant scenes (like that of Peter Okoye ), if Adaora had never come to him to help raise money to bail the company, her uncle (Nkem Owoh) might have never come across Hamza Maikano almost getting scammed by some of Arinze's (Okoye) boys, and saved him. That act helped greatly, when they needed to form an alliance with the Maikano family.
I also liked that there was no predictability to the story. It was very much different from the usual Nollywood movies, and I see why it didn't quite click for many Nigerians.
One thing though, it felt brief. It was like everything happened so fast, the movie might have taken over one hour, but at the end of it, I thought "Well, that was fast"....maybe I wanted more. Maybe I just wanted to see if we would get a HamDaora ....*sigh*....i can only wish
A big question mark the movie raised was the fact that the Obiagu family could not access a loan from any banks despite how large the company had gotten. We are made to believe the rival company, headed by Kanayo O. Kanayo's character, may have blocked their avenues, but come on! If Otedola is seeking a loan, Adenuga would not be able to block every avenue he has to get one, bad as e be.
On to advert placements, well, Genevieve did very well in promoting Enugu and Kano state, but she also promoted Innoson vehicles in the movie. It didn't seem so obvious, and I liked that about it. Subtle advert placements are bae, the producers of Banana Island Ghost should take notes.
All in all, LionHeart is a decent movie, each cast member brought originality to the screen. I liked how proverbs were tossed around, as is expected of any movie Pete Edochie features in, I liked the lesson of family and loyalty above all. I liked the message of unity as well, with the merging of the Obiagu and Maikano families to defeat the rival company. I enjoyed the original, authentic Nigerian accent, not the British-American accents we are forced to listen to these days. it also had a number of memorable quotes, top of which for many was one by Pete Edochie:
"Your continued presence is an extension of your irrelevance"
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|Re: Safari's Movie Reviews by mainkendo: 6:25pm On Jan 17|
The movie needed the guidance of a proffesional accountant.
|Re: Safari's Movie Reviews by safarigirl(f): 6:38pm On Jan 17|
But the thing with most movies are that they tend to exaggerate some things. I did have a grouse with the fact that a company that large and established found it difficult to access a bank loan and could not get a longer period with which to raise the money. Thanks for reminding me, that was a large question mark
|Re: Safari's Movie Reviews by ethereal(f): 6:44pm On Jan 17|
Nice reviews @safarigirl...and to the dunderhead who said it was 'a waste of time',..its on front-page.!!!.I'll check out 'the visit'..keep it up
|Re: Safari's Movie Reviews by cinderellashoes(f): 6:47pm On Jan 17|
You can still pass your message across to her without the insults and its not force to view this thread.
|Re: Safari's Movie Reviews by Gerrard59(m): 7:00pm On Jan 17|
Nice one from Safarigirl. Thank God I didn't waste money watching Chief Daddy.
Regarding criticism meted against you, well, it is expected. But folks saying that she's wasting her time forget that Nairaland has had growth and development of enterprises. From Lawyer the real estate investigator to JarusHub (career consulting) to various auto dealers and bloggers. Someone has to start from somewhere.
|Re: Safari's Movie Reviews by safarigirl(f): 7:01pm On Jan 17|
cinderellashoes:my dear, see me see trouble o.
The idea of a review is personal opinion and everyone cannot have the same opinion. I didn't even say The Greatest Showman was the best musical ever, man's just being testy
|Re: Safari's Movie Reviews by cinderellashoes(f): 7:39pm On Jan 17|
My friend reviewed the chief daddy movie on her website and according to her it's a great movie. The fact that she loves it doesn't mean that someone else will. I don't know why people don't want others to have opinions. Now I am curios to watch the movie, how do I download it? I couldn't find any download link online.
|Re: Safari's Movie Reviews by safarigirl(f): 8:27pm On Jan 17|
cinderellashoes:you're not likely to find any online. It's still in the cinemas and you rarely find cinema-based movies online for the first few months.
|Re: Safari's Movie Reviews by Dreyl(m): 8:29pm On Jan 17|
safarigirl:I saw the movie on Netflix and it wasn't that bad, the last time I watch Nigerian movies was like 17/18yrs ago. I'm not that type that is glued to mediocre, I like movies that are out of this world, movies that will keep me on my sit waiting for every scenes with much interest, perhaps, this is why I love watching Hollywood movies. but this one wasn't bad, it's a little cool.
|Re: Safari's Movie Reviews by Debbydelma: 8:34pm On Jan 17|
Nice one safari girl..... really great reviews Haters pleassssseee hold ya peace!
|Re: Safari's Movie Reviews by Angelfrost: 8:36pm On Jan 17|
Better maintain that hiatus for your sanity sake... It's all nothing but over-hyped thrash!!!... I tried viewing "Lionheart" to see if things had improved, and got terribly offended midway.
|Re: Safari's Movie Reviews by safarigirl(f): 8:41pm On Jan 17|
Angelfrost:Funny, I feel the same way about a lot of Hollywood movies.
Anyway, I'm glad the Nollywood audience transcends Nigerians and their false sense of importance. I was glad to notice foreigners mentioning Nigerian movies as the go-to for movies with black characters, aside BET movies. A lot of people have tired of Hollywood and their lack of inclusion in their movies and would just prefer to see more characters they can identify with.
|Re: Safari's Movie Reviews by SassyVixen(f): 8:51pm On Jan 17|
safarigirl:This is one movie I will never get tired of watching. Nse Ikpe Etim is simply awesome. Her delivery as Ajiri a typical waffi girl was spot on. I liked how she could easily switch from Oprah to Kardi B in split seconds. One minute eloquent, next minute razz. Blossom didn't disappoint too. Great movie guys for those who are yet to see it
|Re: Safari's Movie Reviews by Angelfrost: 8:56pm On Jan 17|
I will gladly overlook the condescension and thinly-veiled insult... Afterall, this is all banter. Nigeria movies suffer from unnecessary hype, biased and barely truthful reviews...
Amaka Igwe's Rattlesnake was slightly hyped but delivered superbly on all fronts, while keeping it real in the African sense. Maybe, Nollywood needs to get back to the drawing board, and quit believing her own hype. This is me being brutally honest, and not having a "false sense of importance"!
By the way, I felt the same dismal way about "Black Panther" too.
|Re: Safari's Movie Reviews by SassyVixen(f): 8:57pm On Jan 17|
safarigirl:One of the best movies in the year 2018. I like the humanity first message it passes and that no matter the imperfections we come with it has no power over what we truly want to be. The greatest highlights of this movie were the songs. I had to download all for the love of it. Great movie!!
|Re: Safari's Movie Reviews by cinderellashoes(f): 9:30pm On Jan 17|
Oh okay. Thanks and good job!
|Re: Safari's Movie Reviews by DKustodian(m): 9:38pm On Jan 17|
Your opinions are interesting, especially concerning the musical TGS. I haven't seen too many movies in my life but I try. I find that, in order to appreciate the film industry worldwide better, it pays to look at its evolution. Watching icons like Westside story, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Casablanca, Taxi Driver, The Champ, The Usual Suspects,The Green Mile, Goodfellas, The Godfather, Gladiator, Shawshank Redemption, Forrest Gump, Up, Toy Story, Inside Out,Braveheart, Saving Private Ryan,Remember the Titans, 300,Ghost, The Rainman, Citizen Kane, Léon the Professional and a host of others (ok, maybe not all of them are so old and there are some pretty good animation movies too) just to mention a few gives you many mixed emotions. They may not all be that great but the storytelling and acting and dialogue are usually top-notch. The scores in these movies too and how they are used to great effect is simply wonderful. When you see how the industry has evolved over the decades and you still enjoy performances from actors long gone, you understand that Nollywood still has a lot to do.
Movies are usually a thing of personal preference. Even at that, a great movie regardless of genre is always a thing of joy to watch.
|Re: Safari's Movie Reviews by safarigirl(f): 9:44pm On Jan 17|
Angelfrost:Nollywood does need to go back, like I mentioned in some of my reviews, the acting these days is robotic and fake.
After watching Igodo, State of Emergency and some movies from the early 2000's, yes, what we have now is mediocre at best, and a lot of attempts to tell American storied using African actors. No originality. A lot of the movies lack relatability as far as the average Nigerian is involved.
Most big budget movies are just movies with nice pictures and good-looking actors trying very hard to sound American. They can't even do a decent epic movie, because they must throw in the luxury cars and high end fashion in their movies
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|Re: Safari's Movie Reviews by vosquare: 9:48pm On Jan 17|
The visit... Mehn.. My love for nse etim started from Mr and Mrs and grew faster in the visit... She's truly blessed... Chai.. She's talented. And Femi Jacobs? My man... I love the part he shouted.. "vodka vodka" funny stuff.. Great actor.. Blossom, sure man.. Killed the neighbor with wild se.x and noise not a bad producer though
And Bhaira...that's the first time I will see her in a movie or let me say the first time I'll see her in my life.. I don't know how the director got her but she's brilliant.. How she walks in the movie, the fake accent, the use of hands, the.... Aarrghh.. She's dope biko.
I'm sure if this movie happened to be an American movie, u know the rest... The visit... The visit.. I stan
|Re: Safari's Movie Reviews by vosquare: 9:51pm On Jan 17|
Greatest showman.. There's something about the songs in this movie. You can relate with it easily, you can put it into practice, you can use it everyday of your life.. The storyline is not that great but the music made it greater.. Never enough, powerful voice. This is me, sound message. Million dreams, messaged delivered and so on... Greatest showman is truly a great movie
|Re: Safari's Movie Reviews by Originalsly: 9:53pm On Jan 17|
Bro.... on Page1 the OP stated the purpose of this thread. Is it you didn't read it?...or is it you're operating on a mental wavelength below the requirement of this thread? Abeg..... this is a human forum... human with decorum. Savages...Keep Out.
# topic. Great reviews! I'm really interested in Lionheart.... was reading a few reviews but none as insightful as yours! Keep on writing..... don't be discouraged by haters...haters everywhere!
|Re: Safari's Movie Reviews by omolorlarh: 10:27pm On Jan 17|
Well done safarigirl
The visit is interesting. Please review up north,power of 1 ,baby steps and knock out blessing
|Re: Safari's Movie Reviews by Ovems(f): 10:31pm On Jan 17|
safarigirl:You didn't do a review on the AY's movie. Was waiting for that too. I am really enjoying this thread. Please don't be discouraged by the negative comments, we are following this thread. I have been following since last year and looking at some comments now, I don't know if front-page is a blessing or a curse. The thread deserves front page but the negative comments are annoying and distracting.
|Re: Safari's Movie Reviews by safarigirl(f): 10:37pm On Jan 17|
Ovems:haven't finished watching it
But I'll do the review by Saturday latest
|Re: Safari's Movie Reviews by safarigirl(f): 11:21pm On Jan 17|
Foreigners:what do you think is my 'products'?
Stop trolling my dear, I'm sure you can do better things with your life
|Re: Safari's Movie Reviews by mainkendo: 11:29pm On Jan 17|
safarigirl:Yes. Also the auditors were trying to make jest out of a serious matter.
The two guys at the back of the lead auditor said In igbo; that they were being owed, which didn't make sense to me.
The auditor should have been given the title of consultants. It would depict what they were doing. This would have been a different case if they were internal auditors.
Other issue I notice was that for such a company not having a an accountant or a finance officer surprised me. Jenny is head of logistics of the company and also was doing finance functions at the same time.
They ought to have been guided properly by professional accountant.
|Re: Safari's Movie Reviews by Ashraf123(f): 11:43pm On Jan 17|
This thread is really interesting, pls keep up the good work.
|Re: Safari's Movie Reviews by Foreigners: 11:48pm On Jan 17|
No vex. Continue updating ur thread.
|Re: Safari's Movie Reviews by safarigirl(f): 12:17am On Jan 18|
mainkendo:like I said, movies don't get the specifics a lot.
It's the same thing with movies that are about police officers or doctors. If you get a real police officer or doctor to review them, they just laugh and tell you that the movie is a joke compared to the real thing.
They can only get the specifics of their acting, but they can never fully get the specifics of the profession like the professional would. It would be tantamount to asking an accountant to act. He won't do it as good as an actor would.
But I understand your perspective
|Re: Safari's Movie Reviews by cupidhero(m): 5:44am On Jan 18|
safarigirl:Saw The Sound Of Music the other day and the music still sounded good in my ears. it turns 54 this year and was still had great replay value.
Julie Andrews was made to be Maria.
I haven't seen the greatest showman because i don't trust Hollywood these days. They seem to be running out of ideas. You should review classics too. Shutter Island or Vertigo would be a fine start.
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