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  • Fine girl



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    PRODUCER: Uduak Isong Oguamanam

    DIRECTOR: Ikechukwu Onyeka

    SCREENPLAY: Uduak Isong Oguamanam, Rita Onwurah, Bunmi Ajakaiyi

    MAIN CAST: Ozzy Agu, Lota Chukwu, Belinda Effah, Yvonne Jegede

    LOCATION:  Lagos State, Nigeria

    DURATION: 1.32:38


    MOVIE RATING: 6/10

    REVIEWER: Nwankwo Blessing (15BE02286)


    -AUDIO: The audio quality of the movie is good and commendable

    -SOUND EFFECT: The sound effect used was appropriate for the scenes in the movie



    This movie portrays the story of Chika (Lota Chukwu), whom in attempt to save her father’s life, succumbs to the advice of her friend (Belinda Effah) to join a prostitution service. However, things take a turn as she gets into prostitution but loses her father regardless. To make matters worse, she can’t stop ‘prostituting’ and eventually, she meets a perfect man, William (Ozzy Agu), who gives her a new meaning to life, until her past comes crawling. Would this romance help her change her prostituting ways or would this be another beginning of problems?


    The most beautiful aspect of this movie is the use of up-coming actors to portray the characters. It gives the movie a new face and helps in promoting new talents unlike the normal repetition of characters in Nigerian movies.

    The bad aspect is the fact that the characters were not fit for their roles especially the lead character, Lota Chukwu (Chika). I felt her actions were baseless and any other character in the movie like Belinda Effah and Yvonne Jegede could have done a better job.

    The movie is also a little cliché; telling the story of grass to grace. It won’t be wrong if this is called another form of Cinderella. Likewise, the person who portrayed Chika’s father looked too young compared to her mother and could have passed for her uncle.

    Also, Chika went into prostitution due to her father’s illness and stayed after his death, but the relationship portrayed by these two characters didn’t seem too close to warrant her actions.

    Similarly, the time frame in which Ozzy Agu(William) forgave Chika after learning that she was prostituting even with his friend was rather unrealistic and the title of the movie seemed abstract and sounds like the name of a Nigerian hip-hop song.

    The movie ended as Chika entered into the room were Williams was sitting. I felt there was something more, to be said and done and the movie needed a continuation.

    However, Ozzy Agu(William), did a splendid job performing his role and he would likely become a regular face in Nollywood.


    The movie is average and it depicts the theory ‘Love Knows No Flaws’. Out of all Nigerian movies, this is not close to my best but it is surely a good attempt.


  • It’s her day

    IT’S HER DAY MOVIE PREVIEW.                                1st picture


    Producer: Bovi Ugboma

    Director: Aniedi Anwah

    Screen play: Bovi Ugboma

    Main cast: Bovi Ugboma, Ini Dima-Okojie, Gregory Ojefua and Omoni Oboli

    Locations: Lagos

    Duration: 1hr 55mins

    Date of release: 9th September 2016

    Movie rating (from 1 being poor and 10 being excellent): 7.5

    Reviewer: Ukoh Helen Effiong-15BE02319

    Synopsis: IT’S HER DAY is a comedy which tells the  story of a couple who are about to get married   and the class struggle to get an high end wedding by the bride and her family. Bovi Ugboma plays victor, the newly engaged bachelor who takes it upon himself to give his materialistic fiancée, Nicole (Ini Dima-Okojie) a fairy tale wedding .Victor feels the wedding should be simple but Nicole on the other hand wants a blog worthy wedding with top artist present.

    The bride together with her mother (shaffy Bello) and sisters plan a huge society budget wedding which is out of victors pay grade. From hiring Kelechi Amadi Obi for pictures and contacting Davido, Wizkid, Timi Dakolo, Basket Mouth, Julius Agwu, to the wedding, paying 2million naira for a wedding hall, among other hilarious demands from Nichols’s family, victor couldn’t help but find a “Warri” smart way to meet their demands.



    The movie is highly commendable because it has succeeded in depicting the class struggle of being counted as high class in our society and at the same time it has been able to put a little twist of comedy into it. Its content are realistic and the story line is well detailed It also passes the message of domestic violence against men which many people have ignored. The screenplay written by Bovi himself was quiet brilliant and the impeccable cast helped uplift the movie.

    There are some evident flaws in the movie, there’s no creative photography or editing, the camera work is cloying on occasions the characters appear clustered. Attention was not paid to the editing of the movie instead everything was all about the story line.



    SHOTS AND ANGLES: below are some shots and angles used in the movie

    WIDE ANGLEWide angle shot

    MEDIUM SHOTMedium shot

    CLOSE UP SHOT Close up

    CONCLUSION: the movie has enough appeal to retain his fans, and still pull in fresh audience looking for a perfect comedy movie.

    “I’m now confused if it’s wedding or show we are doing here, it’s as if  it’s marriage unplugged”-Bovi



  • Stellar









    MOVIE RATING: 8/10


    SYNOPSIS: Stellar is a Comedy-drama, about a single mother who got abandoned by her husband and was left alone to take care of her only child. She was very poor and did not have money to even eat a proper meal. She then finally gets her chance to stardom, when she meets a movie director at a supermarket.


    PICTURES: The picture quality in the movie was great, but there is always room for improvement.

    COSTUMES: The costumes in the movie were normal day to day costumes, but it did fit for the different roles pretty well. But at some point in the movie, some of the clothes that Chioma Chukwuka wore were pretty short.

    LIGHTING ANDSOUND EFFECTS: The lighting in the movie was okay, but not entirely too good; but the sound effects on the other hand was really good and in tune with the screen play.


    This shot was taken as an Extreme High Angle Shot.

    This shot was taken as an Over the Shoulder Shot.

    This shot was taken as a Close-Up Shot.

    Medium Shots were also taken in the movie.



    Extreme Long Shots too were taken in the movie.

    This shot was taken from a Low Angle.


    The most beautiful part of the movie, is the acting performance. The cast of the movie exhibited very outstanding acting skills in the movie, which helped increase the favorable reception by the audience. Chioma Chukwuka who was flexible and energetic, played the role of Stellar almost to perfection. She was really funny and comical and helped reduce the tension in the movie, she really made me laugh. Jemimah Osunde who played the part of Chine, acted really well and was able to depict the character really well. Also, the use of Igbo language is rich in its indigenous style and this made the movie also really interesting and different.

    The relationship between Stellar and her daughter was really cute, they had a really close relationship. Her daughter was her best friend and the two made the best of their situation. Stellar was a woman who was very angry at every one, and the world in general, this anger was really good in portraying the anger of abandonment and poverty. I also really like the part where she fought with the conductor for her change.

    Thought, the movie also had its cons, ranging from the fact that the romance between Stellar and the Director (Okey Uzoeshi) was not really there, I wanted to see more romance between them, but the chemistry was alright. I didn’t really like the red wig that Moyo Lawal wore in the movie, it was pretty disturbing, and I also think that she was over dramatic to some extent. Also I didn’t really like the way the movie was rushed at the end, the movie was just 1:29 minutes, which made it too short. The director (Uduak) should have added more scenes to the movie, probably showing how Stellar became a sought after star and how Moyo Lawal became remorseful for her nasty attitude towards stellar and probably a scene where Stellar and the director started dating.



    In all, Stellar is a very interesting movie that shows the struggle and pain of poverty and abandonment, and also how it is possible for anyone at all to make it in this life, through determination and hard work. The movie is a really nice one, which would make you laugh, inspire you, and also a good one for relaxation.  “me…me…me, sexy, heeee!… It’s your mother that is sexy, eshi gi nile, sexy. You’re not well oh, so you don’t know I’m old enough to be your mother? It’s because of this airport taxi you’re driving that you have the guts to open that your wide mouth to call me sexy”. I highly recommend this movie. It’s totally a “must watch”.


  • While You Slept


    Producer: Emem Isong and Ini Edo

    Director: Desmond Elliot

    Screenplay (Written by): Kehinde Joseph

    Main Cast: Ini Edo Ehiagwina, Joseph Benjamin, Venita Akpofure and Bobby Michael

    Location: Lagos, Nigeria and Jos, Nigeria

    Duration: 2 hours 1 minute 1 second (02:01:01)

    Date of Release: March 20, 2015

    Movie Rating: 8

    Reviewer: Ogunyinka Oyinkansola Amazing-Grace, 15BE02295 

    Synopsis: In the movie, “While You Slept”, a young wife, Kimberly (Ini Edo) suddenly finds herself a widow at her husband, Emeka’s (Bobby Michael) sudden and mysterious death. About a year after Emeka’s death, a strange woman, Najite (Venita Akpofure) shows up claiming to be Emeka’s secret second wife and that she has a son for him. Kimberly becomes more confused and finds the claim very hard to believe. She then determines to discover what actually led to her husband’s death and how true Najite’s story is with the help of her new friend, Tega (Joseph Benjamin).

    Elements of Production

    Some of the shots used include: 

    1.) Long Shot (LS)


    2.) Medium Shot (MS)


    3.) Close-up Shot (CU)  



    Some of the angles used include:


    1.) High Angle


    2.) Low Angle


    3.) Point of View (POV-Subjective)




    Review: “While You Slept” is a remarkable and interesting movie that doesn’t follow the Nigerian movie cliché of telling a story that would be so predictable at several points in the movie. In terms of the screenplay and storyline, the movie was on point and the lighting was quite good in all the scenes. 

    Also, I think the cast were picked well and I wouldn’t want to see any other person acting any of the roles. The audio was also quite good except for the call Kimberly (Ini Edo) had in her room after destroying things in frustration.  I couldn’t quite hear what the person on the other end of the line was saying. The soundtracks used were okay however and the costume designer did a splendid job of selecting costumes for the cast according to their roles.

    The movie made good use of the elements of suspense and surprise when it left the audience wondering and trying to guess what exactly it was that Najite (Venita Akpofure) had left in the envelope for Kimberly (Ini Edo) when she (Najite) visited her (Kimberly) at home. Personally, I never would have guessed what its contents were until I saw them.

    If not for the few flaws I noticed, I would have rated the movie a 10.

    I was a bit confused when I saw Kimberly (Ini Edo) on makeup in the morning while making breakfast. Another makeup slipup was Kimberly’s (Ini Edo’s) nightmare scene. She had makeup on even though she supposedly just woke up from sleep. Did she sleep with makeup on or something? These must have been a few careless mistakes that the makeup artist and the director did not take note of.

    Also, at some point, the movie seemed to be dragging on. For instance, at the scenes where Kimberly (Ini Edo) went to the gym for the first and second times, the exercise sessions were just too long before the actual dialogue began. The idea would still have been gotten if those exercise sessions hadn’t taken so much time.

    In general and except for its few flaws, the movie is a must-watch and one that I will definitely recommend to anyone who wants to watch a good Nigerian movie. 


    “While You Slept” is an emotional movie that sensitizes people about obsession (the kind that can make a person do crazy things) and on the menace of women whose aim are to break homes for their own selfish reasons. 

    My favourite quote in the movie was made in the second to the last scene when Kimberly (Ini Edo) was addressing Najite (Venita Akpofure): “Yet, I am the one…the one person he loved.” He, in this quote refers to Emeka (Bobby Michael), Kimberly’s (Ini Edo’s) late husband. It is my favourite quote because I think it was the most appropriate response to Najite’s insults and reference to Kimberly’s inability to give birth to a child.

  • The Birthmark

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    Producer: Mary Njoku

    Director: Moses Inwong

    Screenplay: Biodun Stephens

    Location: Nigeria

    Duration: 1hour 41 minutes

    Date Released: 2015

    Cast: Joshua Richards, Ini Edo, Bimbo Manuel and Femi Jacobs

    Movie Rating: 5


    Synopsis: The Birthmark is a story about a privileged 20 years old college boy and dancer who becomes obsessed with his 35 years old nanny, the woman who raised him since he was a child. The nanny rebuffs him and continually puts off his advances. However, Adey, the young man who was of the opinion that age did not matter when it came to love continued to pester her with hopes in time, she would love him. Before long, It all becomes too much to bear and she is inadvertently forced to reveal the big secret behind her refusal to fall in love with him.

    Elements of production

    Audio: the Audio department did a good job though the music in the first scene was a bit muffled.

    Camera Shots:

    Medium shots

    Long shots

    Camera Placements:

    High angle 

    Mid angle 

    Low angle

    Lightening: The lightening was fantastic although there was a scene where the light were not placed at the appropriate angle.

    Make up and Costume: The makeup and costume was top notch. The costume matched the character and the scene


    The movie “The Birthmark” is an exceptional movie that brings to the fore a controversial issue that has been ignored for years. Age differences in love and marriage is one factor that always seem to butt into people especially Nigerian’s choice of partners. Although the movie did not entirely present that age is nothing but a number in love, it was still able to raise questions such as ‘Why can’t older women marry younger men, does age matter in relationships’.

    Aye to the cast, their skills were brilliant. From Bimbo Manuel, the happy go lucky Yoruba dad to Jacob Richards, the acting was good. It wasn’t exactly flawless because of a few robotic casts but was largely able to present each dialogue and scene as natural as possible. The chemistry between Adey’s mother (Kate Adepegba) and his father was beautiful and natural to the point where one who think they were married in real life. Minna’s (Ini Edo) tears at the end was just too real. The A-list actress did not disappoint at all.

    The movie is thankfully not as cliché as usual because of the amusing twist it has at the end but it is predictable. With the title ‘Birthmark’ and a few scenes, anyone watching would be able to get the where the story is heading at. It is slow moving and is just a repeated cycle of unnecessary scenes. It was just full of either  a dance scene or a scene of Adey (Joshua Richards) chasing Minna (Ini Edo. The movie had a brilliant plot but a flat and disenchanting fill in.

    In all, I would still recommend this movie for anyone who wants a good laugh after a long day at work.


    The Birthmark is a Nigerian Movie that is creative and has a beautiful idea to it. It could have been done better though. One of my favourite quote in this movie will always be “Old wine taste better”.

    The moral of the entire movie is to not live a lie because it would definitely catch up with you.  The movie is not particularly a must watch but the watching experience is something that would be enjoyed.




  • Caro the shoemaker


    PRODUCER: Onyekachukwu Ossy Okeke Jnr

    DIRECTOR: Emeka Amakeze

    SCREENPLAY: Emeka Amakeze

    MAIN CAST: Mercy Johnson Okojie, Uche Odoputa and Ken Eric.








    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?



    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:

    Medium shot

    Long shot

    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.

  • Testing Movie Evolution

    Is it actually working as it should?


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    DATE OF RELEASE: JULY 28, 2013




    In the movie FALSE featuring Kate Henshaw, Kalu Ikeagwu and Uche Jombo. Greg Adebanjo (Kalu Ikeagwu)an unlucky husband wanted to eat his cake and have it, by playing love with a stranger via Blackberry messenger popularly known as BBM despite having a dutiful and dedicated wife of eight years Tosin Adebanjo(Kate Henshaw).

    In a twist of plots, the stranger known as Emelda (Uche Jombo) taking the play too far, believed the mirage and romance of BBM to be real, went to Kalu’s house and demands that Tosin leave her matrimonial home for her which is Emelda. Kalu while trying to save his marriage got caught in the thick but unproven web of manslaughter/ murder; was this a classic case of BBM romance gone too far? Or was it all a cause of an undetected health challenge?



    SOUND EFFECT: sound was properly utilized in the movie. Unlike normal Nigerian movies where the theme song is sung all through suspense, drama and all. But the sounds used in the movie properly suited each scene.

    EDITING: the use of “ALTERING EXPECTED CONTINUITY” was used really well too. This was in the scene where Emelda had the broken bottle in her hand and wanted to stab Tosin, just as she advanced to her the scene was cut off leaving the viewers in suspense. Then we see blood on Greg’s shirt not knowing whose blood it is.

    SHOTS AND ANGLES: there were various shots and angles used in the movie, below are examples of some:


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    To say this movie is just a good movie would be an understatement on my part, it is a movie to be recommended. From the script to the producing of the movie, it is quite exceptional and not the kind of “cliche” Nigerian movies we are used to. The acting was so professional and amazing I couldn’t even imagine any other person in any of the main roles, they all played their part so well and emotions were so believable.

    I would have given this movie a 10 except for some errors in continuity, facts and audio.

    Continuity error: In the sitting room, Emelda (Uche Jombo) claimed to know that Greg (Kalu Ikeagwu) was wearing the ash colored boxers his wife bought for him because they had sex that morning. During the flashback, the day he told her he was wearing the ash colored boxers, he was not wearing the same shirt he wore that morning.

    Secondly, when Greg (Kalu Ikeagwu) snuck out of bed to go downstairs and talk to Emelda (Uche Jombo), the camera shows his blackberry which showed the call had lasted “0.50”. About 15 seconds later, we see the phone again. This time it shows “0.05”, ten seconds after that, it shoots up again to “0.54”.

    Factual error: Greg’s (Kalu Ikeagwu) father was said to have died of osteoporosis. Asides the fact that osteoporosis is a disease that occurs especially in women following menopause, in which the bones become extremely porous and subject to fracture but according to research osteoporosis does not kill.

    Also, Doctor Bella (Okonkwo Monalisa) said an x-ray showed that Emelda’s (Uche Jombo) blood vessels were damaged. An x-ray does not show blood vessels.

    Audio error: When the security guard gives Emelda (Uche Jombo) Greg’s (Kalu Ikeagwu) address, the audio from his speech seems to have been recorded separately.


    But regardless of all these flaws, the movie is excellent. The concept and storyline is really good, it is one of those movies that proves that it’s not all Nigerian movies that one can tell the end from the beginning and the beginning from not just the title of the movie but also the song which is sung so many times that it becomes a part of every beginning of a scene. And the acting was so impressive, so many times I didn’t even know whose side to be on, because they all played their part so well that till now I still don’t know who was really at fault from the three main characters.



    Psychosis: a severe mental disorder, sometimes with physical damage to the brain, marked by a deranged personality and a distorted view of reality.

    The movie creates awareness about psychosis, a mental disorder that according to the Doctor Bella (Okonkwo Monalisa) is rampant among many Nigerians. Due to this disease, not only did Emelda (Uche Jombo) lose her life but also she wreaked havoc in the Adebanjo family and with the way the movie ended it didn’t seem like there would ever be peace in that home. And of all the Nigerian movies I have seen this is certainly the most impressive, I recommend it and I can assure you won’t regret it.

    Favorite quote: by Emelda (Uche Jombo) – “END OF AN ERA BEGINNING OF ANOTHER” because I believe this is the beginning of a new era in the Nigerian movie industry.


  • Fatimah
















    YEAR: 2014


    From the same producer of Alakada I&II, Toyin Aimakhu Johnson comes up with another block buster movie, she is up with one that truly catches the soul and deeply teaches a lesson.


    Fatimah is all about a woman who once loved a man before he travels abroad, she moved on with the thought of him been married to another woman which resulted in her marrying a richer guy that loved her deep.


     But along the way, she caught up with initial boyfriend that travelled abroad and this leads into the unfolding of hidden secrets she never knew of about her first love and her husband.


     Toyin Aimakhu Johnson who plays as Fatimah is best match for the character. Although she is renowned in acting movies produced by her. In this movie, Toyin’s (Fatimah) emotional life is on the fence as she faces the choice of living with her husband or going back to her former lover. Adeniyi Johnson who acts as Tony, Fatimah’s first love. After a long time spent in America, he comes back to Nigeria where he stayed with a friend which led him in finding Fatimah as he tries to prove his love to her again. Adeniyi Johnson is the husband to the producer, Toyin Aimakhu Johnson. It is no news that the two loves acting together, we do not know whether he is trying to show her more love by doing so or to prompt other actresses and actors whose partners are in the film industry to do so. Odunlade Adekola who happens to be one of the Yoruba’s most popular actor played the role of Mutab, Fatimah’s husband and a very good friend to Tony. Ateez Eniola played the role of Rasheed who is the gateman to Mutab’s house, but he is not just a gateman, he is more than we think but to the audience and to the characters in the film.


    The film has two main themes which were Deceit and Unfaithfulness. Tony is the character whose aim is deceitful, he deceives both Fatimah and Mutab. Fatimah is unfaithful as a wife to Mutab. This film follows a regular predictable story line, unlike Alakada I&II, until the end when the suspense was unveiled. I would not say it was suspenseful but I would say it was a beautiful script write for delaying the suspense to the end. This is a movie that concerns the real world and happens in marriages, either the wife or husband is the victim. And most times the issue is resolved and the marriage is sustained or the issue also is resolved but the marriage is broken. The movie passes a message on: deceit, unfaithfulness, cheat, untruthfulness.


    I recommend this movie for those that are above eighteen, both teenagers and adult because the movie is focused on those going into a relationship to be decisive on what they are doing and to avoid making mistakes in the future.


    I really love the lightening.  Though the movie was shot mostly indoors, which made me give a bravo to the directors as they focused on the main issue which was a family setting. For the camera shot, it mostly used long shot (LS) and medium shot (MS). Camera angles were Extreme High angle, Mid-angle and low angle. Camera movements used were: pan, tilt show, dolly and zoom. Camera speed was on normal motion all through the movie.  


    I would give the movie a 2 ½ star. The movie was quick to the truth, I expected more from Tony, before unveiling the hidden secrets and truth of all characters. The first error in the movie was the repetition of the title, first, before the character’s name and in the intention to display the names once again after displaying the names of the whole cast and production crew- Error Indeed!!! Toyin Aimakhu Johnson repeats clothes from one of her production, Alakada I&II. Repetition of words spoken by the other during telephone call, which is common among Nigerian movies. Flashback editing is poor, words that were not spoken before are included in the flashbacks. There is a weak transition of information and finally music does not go along with events.


    The reason why I do not like this movie is because there were some, I guess, unknown mistake the script writer did not know of and the editing section was really poor. One extreme reason why I fell in love with this movie is because it drifts the attention of the audience away by going along with the movie, predicting the next step and then the movie brings you to the main event, confusing you, you thought you knew everything but you were wrong.










                            TEMITOPE BOLADE




    DATE OF RELEASE: October 24, 2014

    MOVIE RATING: 9/10



    …When Love Happens is a romantic comedy which tells the story of Moduroti Bankole-Smith (Mo), a 28 year old event planner who plans more of weddings but can’t wrap her head around where the ideal man for her may be. Getting a call from one of her oldest friends to plan a big ‘royal’ wedding, dealing with pressure from family and friends and meeting her high school nemesis, ‘Mary’, who wanted everything Mo wanted back in high school from grades to boys, and finally had one thing Mo did not have: a family. Finally, she resorted to online dating. Will she meet  Mr. Perfect?

    As soon as online dating was introduced, the movie takes a hilarious and realistic turn. She got different dates from the badly dressed and not so fine guy-> the broke guy-> to the shameless, and she still didn’t give up. Moving on with the wedding planning, her cheating ex turned out to be the best man. He played the perfect gentleman trying to get her back, from buying her gifts to taking her out her out on dates and even taking her on a surprise trip to South Africa. Second chance comes to play here, but, as always, old habits die hard and indeed, love makes an unexpected arrival.


    The most beautiful aspect of this movie is the acting performance. Its cast exhibited outstanding talent which helped improve its favourable reception by the audience. Weruche Opia was flexible and energetic. She played her part to near perfection. Oreka Godis (Tseju) was beautiful, down-to-earth and spectacular. Some people feel that Tseju would have played Mo’s part better, but they couldn’t be more wrong. Though, Gideon Okeke is unable to break free from his ‘Tinsel’ character and bring the part of Tobe into life, the chemistry is still fathomable and quite something for someone who had given up on love.  Not to mention, the use of pigeon English and common slangs among Nigerians in several scenes buttresses the fact that Nigerians will always be Nigerians.

    Beverly Naya was an obnoxious and arrogant bride-to-be, though at times, she slightly exaggerated her part. OC Ukeje could have swapped parts with Gideon Okeke, who would have played the cheating boyfriend role better. Gideon Okeke has the bad boy signature smirk practiced to a T. About 57:20 into the movie, where OC Ukeje commented on Helen Paul’s shoes, and said, “I like your shoes, you should get some loubs”. I’m not really sure who to blame, OC or the writer because it was lame.
    There’s something about the scene where Dare was caught cheating, the heels were deliberately removed and still wasn’t used to express her anger and imbalance. Besides, being professional was no way for a Nigerian girl to express her disappointment after getting hurt a second time. Realism was  slacking here.

    The scene where Tobe’s abs were shown wasn’t quite a good picture for his role and it was out of place. Many feel that Tseju should have played Mo’s part better but they couldn’t be more wrong. Everyone had the perfect role but OC Ukeje wasn’t so outright with his bad-boy role and the beards were really not necessary. Then, Jennifer’s fiancé should have come out more as the man marrying the lousy drama queen from way back but his role is overshadowed and quite lowkey. Her parents put up an American home front,  the only thing they did that was expected was to talk her into marriage.

    There is this other scene where Mo repeated a costume and the entire thing was bizarre because the two scenes didn’t follow each other, it was obvious that they were shot on the same day but not supposed to appear at the same time. Besides, the change in hair do was all too quick and unrealistic for someone who claimed to be busy after her trip with Dare. Another bizarre occurrence was when she started the video blogging and she was supposed to be using an HP laptop but the screen properties was that of a mac book, it was just too much. These were just the few things that made me rate it a 9/10 because this movie would have been a classic.


    Mo experiences balance, imbalance and balance; one minute she’s happy, then, emotionally crushed and happy again. The script here is simply flawless. Though it runs for about two hours, one could only wish it never ends. Re Olunuga was quite the music director. Need I mention, the idea of not boring us with the cast at the beginning was quite unique.


    Ø  PICTURES: The picture quality was great, but there’s always room for improvement.

    Ø  COSTUME: The costumes were very trendy, stylish in portraying the African culture especially with the use of Ankara, the stylist did a great job. He picked the right outfit for the different characters and scenes. The hair stylist also did a good job but could have picked hair extensions of better quality for the character Mo.

    Ø  LIGHTING AND SOUND EFFECTS: the lighting was fantastic, there was no blur or unnecessary light colours; and the sound effects were in tune with the screen pla


    mum and dad

    This scene was taken as a medium shot; a lot of medium shots are actually used in this movie.

    friendsThis was taken as a long shot.

    moThis was taken from a low angle.

    Several shots actually make use of horizontal movements to identify each person in a dialogue. The movie also contains a lot of cut-away scenes, the split screen was used twice; where she received a call from Tobe and from Dare later on. The zoom shot is also used to portray how fidgety Tobe gets while expressing his disdain with Mo and the tilt up is used to express her level of shock when her first date introduced himself. Close-in shots are used alongside a number of long shots. The production quality was top notch, this is a movie I’ll definitely see again and again.