CARO THE SHOEMAKER
PRODUCER: Onyekachukwu Ossy Okeke Jnr
DIRECTOR: Emeka Amakeze
SCREENPLAY: Emeka Amakeze
MAIN CAST: Mercy Johnson Okojie, Uche Odoputa and Ken Eric.
LOCATIONS: GOLDEN LAND HOSTEL AND DUBLING HOTELS, LAGOS, NIGERIA
MOVIE RATING: 4.5
DURATION: 56 MINUTES 22 SECONDS
DATE OF RELEASE: 2014
REVIEWER: OYEDELE GLORIOUS OMOYENI – 15BE02308
CARO THE SHOEMAKER is an interesting movie featuring Mercy Johnson Okojie, Ken Eric and Uche Odoputa. Caro (Mercy Johnson Okojie) is a poor shoemaker who has two younger sisters. She takes care of her sisters through her small scale business. However thing seem not to be going to well for her because, a company that is headed by Chetta (Ken Eric) bought the land which her shop is built on and her landlord has given her notice for her home. Caro is aggressive and would make life miserable for anyone who crosses her part. She is shown to be one who does not care what pople say about her and will speak her mind.
Ekene (Uche Odoputa), Caro’s best friend will stay with her no matter what happens. Ekene would do anything for Caro and it almost seems like he loves her as he was talking about marriage plans with her. In the bid to keep providing food and shelter for her sister and herself, Caro meets the person who wants the land of her shop to build a shopping mall; Chetta. Caro and Chetta begin to spend more time with each other. Would Caro be able to save her shop? Would Caro fall for Ekene or Chetta?
ELEMENTS OF PRODUCTION
Sound effect: the sound in the movie was not capturing. They used a boring song that hardly evoked any kind of emotion. Also like most Nigerian movies only one song was used that depicted the plot of the movie. In the first scene when the customer was beating Ekene there was the sound effects of beating but we could see no sign of beating on Ekene.
Shots and Angles: there were various shots and angles used in the movie examples are:
High angle shot
This movie is a good movie. It is a family drama is supposed to be PG. The movie achieved that aim. It was able to remain decent in language and actions. However the movie was very disappointing in areas like; casting, continuity and sound.
Casting: The actors of this play were not able to convey the emotions of their role effectively. They were passive in their acting and so did not arouse any emotion in the audience. However the casting of Mercy Johnson Okojie in the movie was very thoughtful as she was able to covey her role as a funny person even if she did not know it and to be aggressive.
Continuity: They also had problems in the continuity. They repeated a scene twice even after a short time. This was seen in the scene of the party when Caro youngest sister was having a drink with her friend. That scene was repeated twice which was not supposed to be.
Sound: The sound was highly disappointing. Like most Nigerian films, only one theme song was used from beginning to the end. It was hardly arousing any emotion in the audience.
Despite these flaws the movie still remains interesting. The role of Caro overshadows the rest and brings out the beauty in the movie. Caro is funny and aggressive. This gives her room for a lot of action and she expresses it well.
The movie was able to create awareness that there is no diminishing job. No matter the job as far as it is of humble means it is good. It also teaches us that we should not look down on people as all fingers are not equal. Overall this movie is nice and would teach a valuable lesson; despite its fault it is still highly educative. Well “since we are not making a grand entry into this dignified gathering, I would rather make my entry as quiet as possible.” I believe the development of the film industry in Nigeria will make a quiet entry because it is coming gradually.