Thursday, October 15, 2009

REVIEWS.

The Figurine – ‘Araromire’ 
‘Araromire’ is a story about two buddies and a girl...... all down on their luck have their lives changed when one of them discovers ‘Araromire’ a mysterious figurine in an abandoned shrine which, according to legend bestows seven years of good luck. But no one told them about the next seven years (of Misfortune! – spoiler alert).





The Director , Kunle Afolayan, has only directed one other movie which is ..................... the highly successful ‘Irapada’, which makes his movie a must see! ‘Araromire’ was described by Afolayan as a multi-cultural and contemporary feature highlighting the essence and efficacy of tradition, friendship, betrayal and love. It transcends both the ancient and modern day (African of course). The Figurine was actually named after the village that it dwells in, shows how much importance we (Nigerians) regard our gods and how we tend to attribute whatever fortune or misfortune befalls us. But, the movie also shows how we humans also contribute to the fate that befalls us, as we don’t look into our own lapses. And the movie represents Africa on the global stage as indigenous languages were used in the better parts of the movie (including subtitles) and the quality of the picture is said to be at par with that of Hollywood.

The movie has also set a standard for serious movie makers in Nigeria in regards to Budget, location, picture and sound editing, storyline ............ basically movie making in general, as the picture took four years to produce. ‘Araromire’s’ cast boasts of the likes of Ramsey Noah, Funlola Aofiyebi-Raimi, Jide Kosoko, Yomi Fash Lanso, Wale Adebayo (Sango), Kunle Afolayan, Omono Oboli, Tosin Sido, Tobe Oboli and Muraina Oyelami (a renowned artist). In summary, The Figurine is an awesome movie that should gain international recognition because of the quality and originality of the movie as a whole. The only snag is 'Price' as the movie costs twice the amount we watch regular movies, but if that’s a bother then you could definitely do without the snacks and drinks.
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I Can Do Bad All By Myself

This is another Tyler Perry production, which he also stars in (although I don’t see the point of including Madea and Uncle Joe in the movie). The story revolves around April (Taraji P. Henson) who is a selfish alcoholic singer; Sandino (Adam Rodriguez) a Colombian immigrant who lives in April’s basement in exchange for him fixing things around the house (kinda like a handyman); Jennifer (Hope Olaide Wilson), Manny (Kwesi Boakye) and Byron (Frederick Siglar) who happen to be April’s niece and nephews; and Randy (Brian J White) April’s shady boyfriend who is married with children. Also starring are, Mary J Blige, Gladys Knight and Marvin Winans.


The movie begins with Jennifer, Manny and Byron breaking into Madea and Uncle Joe’s house, and when they get caught, they were fed and then taken to their aunt’s home (after the sudden disappearance of their grandmother, April’s mom). Upon April’s reluctance to accept them into her home and life, Pastor Brian (Marvin Winans) convinces April to let Sandino live with her as he is homeless, while Randy is uncomfortable with all of this. Sandino firsts bonds with the kids, Jennifer (whom I regard as one of the world’s rudest 16 year olds), Manny (who is chubby and really quiet as his first word didn’t come up till the second half of the movie) and Byron (who is the reasonable of all kids and also has asthma and diabetes); and then tries to change April, who is headed towards self destruction.

I Can Do Bad All By Myself is a really powerful and emotional Drama with comedy added to make the viewer bond with the various characters’ decisions, and the presence of Gladys Knight and Mary J Blige were overshadowed by their powerful performances which make you feel like you are at concert. But all in all, it’s a very powerful and inspiration Drama which makes it a must see, given my dislike of Perry’s projects.