TITLE OF MOVIE: ALL THAT GLITTERS 1 & 2
MOVIE GENRE: Drama
PRODUCER: Grace Johnson & Emem Isong.
DIRECTOR: Tom Robson
STORY: Bola Aduwo, Uduak Isong, Oguamanam, Rita C Onwurah
Grace Johnson, Alexx Ekubo, Ini Edo, Uru Eke, Perez Egbi
DURATION: 1 Hour 12minutes 10 seconds
INITIALLY RELEASED: 2013
REVIEWER: Masego Busumane – 15BE02264
An unemployed man finally lands a job that promises to enhance life for his family but instead his marriage goes downhill when he becomes intimately involved with a co-worker.
Ini and Collins have been together for ten years. While Collins (Alexx Ekubo) was unemployed Ini (Grace Johnson) took care of the bills, maintained the house, and raised their two boys. After searching for a job for quite some time, Collins finally lands a job with a prosperous company. As he became acclimated in his key position with the firm, his wife and African lifestyle became less attractive. He allowed himself to become intimately involved with a co-worker and eventually left his wife for the “other woman.”
The novelty of the new relationship wears off fairly quickly when his new girlfriend doesn’t cook and Collins finds himself eating bread and butter sandwiches for dinner. The sexual relationship also wanes and he eventually loses the job due to a few mistakes. Soon after, his new girlfriend dumps him because without a job she considered him to be a liability. All alone and feeling like a fish out of water, Collins attempts to get his wife back.
“All That Glitters” is about infidelity and although it doesn’t offer a new twist on a common theme it’s still engrossing enough to watch. Collins got “too big for his britches” and made the mistake of believing that the “grass is greener.” He met an educated woman at work and forgot that the reason his wife isn’t educated is because she dropped out of school to give birth to his son. But Ini isn’t blameless. She let herself go during the marriage. She no longer cared how she looked, didn’t get proper grooming and Collins was no longer attracted to her.
The question of the day is would it have been acceptable if Ini cheated on Collins because he was no longer handsome and had a potbelly? What’s your opinion?
As for performances Grace Johnson and Alexx Ekubo were front burner in this movie and their performances are believable for the most part. Alexx Ekubo gave a relaxed performance and there were scenes where he should have shown more emotion. The reasons that motivated his change in attitude was not clear but this may be a writing issue and not that of the actor, however there needed to be more of a visual transition from one level of thinking to the other. Since the “other woman” appeared to be “americanized” the writers should have focused a little more on her influence on Collins.
In terms of star power, Ini Edo is billed as the star of the movie but she was more the star in the movie because she played a very small role.
In this case all the glitters turn out to be gold because this is a fairly decent movie.
ELEMENTS OF PRODUCTION
SOUND EFFECTS- the sound effects was really good and everything is audible.
COSTUME – The costume suite the characters as well as the movie theme. It matches with what people wear on the status quo. The costume designer chose well.
SHOTS AND ANGLES
a) Long Shot
Contains at least a full image of a human being
CAMERA PLACEMENTS AND ANGLES
My favorite quote; ” Collins you are playing with fire, real fire..okay”