PRODUCER: UDAK ISONG OGUAMANAM, MORRIS SESSAY (EXECUTIVE)
DIRECTOR: IKECHUKWU ONYEKA
SCREENPLAY: UDUAK ISONG OGUAMANAM
MAIN CAST: CHIOMA CHUKWUKA, OKEY UZOESHI, JEMIMAH OSUNDE, MOYO LAWAL
LOCATION: LAGOS, NIGERIA
DURATION: 1:29:9 (ONE HOUR, TENTY NINE MUNITES, NINE SECONDS)
DATE OF RELEASE: NOVEMBER 24, 2015
MOVIE RATING: 8/10
REVIEWER: EMMA- NWACHUKWU BLOSSOM- 15BE02272
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.
ELEMENTS OF PRODUCTION:
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”.