TITLE: ROSEMARY’S FIGHT
PRODUCER: MINA CHRISTINE
DIRECTOR: DESMOND ELLIOT
SCREEN PLAY/WRITTEN BY: MINA CHRISTINE
MAIN CAST: RITA DOMINIC, JOHN DUMELO, UTI NWACHUKWU CHARLES
LOCATION(S): LAGOS STATE, NIGERIA
YEAR OF RELEASE: 2014
MOVIE RATING: 5/10
REVIEWER: IPINYEMI OLUWAGBEMISOLA OLUWATOSIN- 15BE02280
SYNOPSIS: As the title implies, it is about Rosemary and what she fought for. This movie is a story being narrated by Rosemary (Rita Dominic) herself. It is about how passionate she was about her job and wanted nothing more. She felt she did not have time for men or love; not until she met George (John Dumelo). They got married and were quite happy for the first 5 months. Six months after their wedding, things began to change. She quits her job; the best thing she had ever had in life just to save her marriage. The love and romance they both shared began to fade away as matters began to arise. She was beaten and abused by her husband. What went wrong? Was Rosemary able to get herself together?
ELEMENTS OF PRODUCTION
SOUND EFFECT: The sound effect was quite fair due to the fact that the audio and sound effect in some parts of the movie did not synchronize with the video. The effect/sound of the slap in a particular scene was heard after 15seconds of the hand movement.
PICTURE: The picture quality was good considering the year the movie was produced.
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CAMERA PLACEMENT AND ANGLES
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REVIEW: This movie is a job well done as every effort put into production can be seen in the outcome. The characters were able to relate with the story line which brings out the originality. You could feel the pain, passion, envy, hurt and hate as projected by each character. This is a movie I would recommend for those about to wed. It gives an overview on the reality of what goes on in marriages in our society these days. The costumes were great. It portrayed each scene as it’s meant to be appropriately. The shots were well taken. It would have been a perfect piece but some errors were not observed;
Sound seems to be an issue in the movie. As the narrator was speaking, the background sound/music was quite too loud. This makes it quite difficult to hear what was being said by the narrator. Another factual error which could have been corrected in the editing of the movie is the part where the sound effect of the slap did not synchronise with the video/hand movement.
The husband, George, was seen to be getting grey hair at some point in the scene with the effect of makeup but nothing was done to also show the effect of old age on Rosemary. Being a big bellied wife did not prove the fact that she was also getting old. She looked the same from the beginning to the end.
It was also quite difficult and almost impossible to know the locations being used. There were no extreme long shots to get a glimpse of the city being used for the filming of the movie.
In all, this movie was well delivered. It is quite different from the usual Nigerian movies we have, with most of them having same story line.
CONCLUSION: There are a lot of lessons to be learnt from this movie. It’s a movie you would want to watch over and over again. It does not tell if marriage is good or bad but it indirectly gives a caution of the do’s and don’ts to be noted in marriage. At first, Rosemary thought she could please her husband by letting doing all he wants. But by the time she realized she was not the actual problem, it seemed all too late to take action. To love someone is not a crime, but the question is; why do I love him/her? Is it beauty or wealth? George began to lose interest in his wife, Rosemary, because she was beginning to have a big belly and was not looking the way she was before having their kids. Why do you love?
FAVOURITE QUOTE: My favourite quote from the movie, Rosemary, is from John Dumelo (George)
‘’Because I slapped you? Come on, I have every right to slap you. You were there flirting with another guy’’