TITLE: A FEW GOOD MEN
PRODUCER: FEMI JACOBS, TOLU SHOLANKE
DIRECTOR: EJIRO ONOBRAKPOR
SCREENPLAY: EJIRO ONOBRAKPOR
MAIN CAST: JOSEPH BENJAMIN, KATE HENSHAW, ANTHONY MONJARO, OREKA GODIS
LOCATION: LAGOS ISLAND, LAGOS, NIGERIA
DURATION: 1HR 9MINS.
DATE OF RELEASE: 2014
MOVIE RATING: 8/10
REVIEWER: SEGUN-BABATUNDE TOLUWANI O. 15BE02314
Fred is a successful banker, who feels is in love with his girlfriend, Ivie. Unfortunately, she dumps him for “being too nice” and he falls into a state of depression. The feelings of love rekindle for his best friend, Toks. Toks and Ada are two great friends of his that help him out of his depressive state. While Fred has feelings for Toks, Ada has feelings for Fred, and Toks is dating Wale, one of Fred’s friends. Domestic violence is an issue some women in this movie face. Together, Fred and his friends take measures against it.
EXTREMELY LONG SHOTS:
CLOSE UP SHOTS:
OVER THE SHOULDER SHOTS:
LOW ANGLE SHOTS:
Ejiro Onobrakpor is a genius. For him to have been able to come up with something as brilliant as this, I give him thumbs up.
The producers are multi-talented. Femi Jacobs, the very famous actor is an excellent producer as well. There’s also Tolu Sholanke. Who would have thought that a lawyer could be a movie producer?
The idea behind this movie is not to rub the relationship of various couples in our faces, and make us want to love and be loved. No! This movie goes beyond that. It teaches a lesson and it sends a message.
A Few Good Men may be a romantic movie, but it also teaches a lesson. When people hear “romantic movie”, what comes to mind is kissing, perfect relationship, love and all that between the cast members. Funny, how this movie hardly displays such scenes. The movie basically sends a message – Good men are hard to find these days. So, ladies, cherish what you’ve got. He could be the one. We see strangers turn to friends, friends turn to lovers, friends turn to enemies, lovers turn to enemies, and even strangers turn to lovers. –Twisted, I know! In this movie, we learn that nothing is at it seems.
The best part was towards the end. I thought it was just going to end with the people finding their perfect match. No, it wasn’t just that. They have a cause, a motive, an aim. They are fighting for women and their rights. They end up fighting against domestic violence in relationships and homes. Those that weren’t tagged as good men in the movie are those that exhibited some sort of abuse to their partners.
The music in the movie was okay. Loving Me and Missing Rib both performed by Dr. Foy fit the movie perfectly. They came at the right time and fit the scene perfectly. Truth is, I can’t get the song out of my head.
Joseph Benjamin did well playing the role of the heart broken. We see the pain, the tears, the feeling of depression. I think he should have won African Actor of the Year again in 2014 for this movie. As the broken hearted, as the lover boy, he did well. Even as the very courageous friend. I’m one of his fans and I always appreciate his efforts.
Deyemi Okanlawon was given that “bad guy” role to play, and to be honest, he didn’t mess up. After seeing him act in the EbonyLife series; Dowry, I’ve been a huge fan of his.
This is the first movie I’ve seen Oreka Godis star in and she didn’t do too bad. Apparently, this isn’t the first one she’s acting in. It’s good to know she’s a great actress as well as an outstanding On-Air-Personality.
Kate Henshaw was given the role of a 30 year old single lady to play and she did it well. Her character, Ada really doesn’t care what men think of her. Her own is just to continue her work and believe that her man would come. She is the woman of faith, very successful and hardworking. Ada is my favourite character- patriotic, successful, hardworking, Christian, patient… the list goes on.
The other actors and actresses in this movie did very well to make this movie outstanding. I really like Otas Bazuaye who did well in making me laugh when he appeared. Who could forget his special catchphrase “Sanctified!”
CONCLUSION: Kudos to all those who made an effort in putting this movie together, from the producer, to the costumer. They really did do a good job. A Few Good Men is a movie I’d recommend to anyone looking for a good Nigerian movie. We can learn one or two from this movie.
My favourite quotes from the movie:
· “I love you, but I’m not in love with you.” – Ivie
· “Men are not worth the heartache.” – Ada
· “I’m a beautiful, hardworking, Christian girl. I don’t need a man to be secure.” – Ada
· “Love is a strong word Wale. You don’t misuse it or abuse it.” – Toks
· “The arms that stroke your cheeks hit with so much hate.” – Ada