GONE TOO FAR
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Director: Destiny Ekaragha
Producer: British Film Institute
Screenplay: Bola Agbaje
Duration: 1hr 53minutes
Movie Rating: 9/10
-rotten tomatoes 8/10
-nolloywood reinvented 9/10
An adaptation of Bola Agbaje’s Olivier award-winning play.
Runtime: 1 hr. 28 min.
REVIEWER: ADENIKE COLE ESTHER (14BE016570)
When London teenager Yemi’s big brother comes to live with him from Nigeria, Ikudayisi’s terrible fashion sense, broad Yoruba accent and misplaced confidence with the opposite sex threaten to destroy Yemi’s already small amount of street cred. When the pair are forced to spend the day together on their Peckham estate Yemi is forced to confront local bullies, the unattainable girl of his dreams and his own African heritage, eventually teaching both of them the values of family and self-respect.
Pictures: The picture quality was good compared to some nollywood-uk production.
Costume: Much costume wasn’t needed for the production of this movie told a story about what happened in a day, each movie, The movie depicted what happened in a day, each movie talent maintained a costume all through. The costume was relatable to the characters in the movie.
Camera movement and speed was good there were no careless shot taken. Fast motion was used to depict their experiences until it reached the climax stage. While the most noted use of the slow motion is at the conclusion when there is a resolution.
Shots: This movie made use of the extremely long shot, long shot, medium shot and extreme close up shot. Although the long and medium shot were more dominant.
The movie Gone too far is an adaptation of an award winning play by Bola Agbaje. He has to be lauded for writing such a simple, but gripping screenplay; which is proof that well researched, everyday stories can become blockbusters. In fact, Gone Too Far merits the Best Screenplay award in national and international award ceremonies. Then, Destiny Ekaragha is the new queen as far as film-making is concerned in Nigeria. The young lady superbly interprets this script, making a world-class comedy, which raises a lot of burning questions on the youth and problems of identity. Ekaragha also deserves laurels for telling this tale.
The story is simple and told simply, about a boy, his brother and their quest to fit in. What is really brilliant about the story is how relatable it is to the immigrant experience, how real the characters are and the risks that it took. The story takes place within a day, which runs the risk of becoming claustrophobic and boring but the filmmakers avoid it here by using very different and varied settings coupled with a generally fast pace. Sometimes it does feel a bit ‘samey’ and rushed. The characters are generally good; they have chemistry and are relatable. The main character, Yemi, gets a bit annoying and repetitive but that is deliberate. The villains get a bit too mean there is no nuance and have no reason for their actions. From a film such as this, you expect some background or motivations to characters and sometimes it gets too cartoonish. The slang is hard to understand, and the film makers did not take into account non-UK viewers. But it’s a very funny and sweet plot, made better by how well made it is. It has a lot of social commentary: Skin colour, Africans vs. Caribbean’s, Nationalism and many more.
The acting will blow you away, clearly a very strong cast here, made even stronger because of how bad the acting overseas Nollywood movies are. Some such as Eddie Kadi, Adelayo Adedayo and Pooja Shah are all relatively known and experienced artists in Britain. And we must not forget OC Ukeje who absolutely shines as the “Freshie” with strong principles, especially in keeping his accent. Malachi Kirby as Yemi was sometimes off but he held his own, he just stands out because of how strong the rest of the cast is. It really was just a surprisingly perfect cast that came together beautifully. Tosin Cole as Razer, the main villain had great comedic timing and excellent emotional range.
What really bring it all together are the directing and the cinematography. It is directed flawlessly; especially considering it was adapted from a play. Every scene is shot with such talent and care. The quality is top notch and the soundtrack is good. It made use of a lot of panning movement for the camera since it is depicting motion.
In conclusion, I would wholeheartedly recommend this. If you have experience of living in a different country, especially in London, this would just hit home with how true it is. Even if you are not, it is still a very enjoyable flick with lots of comedy and brilliance production values.
2014 Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF)- Audience choice award.
2015 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards(AMVCA)- Best comedy drama (Nominated).