Happy New Year movie lovers!!! I am pretty much excited about 2018 and that’s what happens when you have your goals mapped out ahead of a New Year. Based on popular demand, I have decided to share my very top 5 movies of 2017.
I have selected my top 5 movies based on the following:
Casting & Role Interpretation
Starting with the fifth movie on my top 5 2017 list is The Bridge by ace Nollywood film maker, Kunle Afolayan.
If you didn’t know, the movie was singer, Chidinma Ekile’s debut movie and that did the movie a lot of PR good. I loved the movie for a bunch of reasons ranging from the choice of cast, the story and the bits of inventiveness employed.
The story is largely themed around the effects of tribalism. Like I mentioned in my Review, the story left me with a Romeo & Juliet taste in my mouth so it’s safe to say that the star crossed lovers were used to show us how tribalism can ruin the lives of not just families but the nation. The movie’s theme was quite prime considering the agitation of the Igbo tribe in 2017. If the movie made the desired impact is what is left for consideration.
I however don’t think it did so well in the cinemas especially as the anticipation for The Wedding Party 2 overshadowed people’s interest (Just saying).
Potato Potahto takes my number 4 slot.
I don’t know if I can clearly say that this is a Nollywood movie considering that it was directed by Ghanaian director, Shirley Frimpong Manso . It also features star Nigerian actors like Joke Silva, OC Ukeje among others so I’d settle with calling it a Nolly/Ghally collaboration. As is the norm with Shirley, Potato Potahto is a love story featuring her all time favourite lead star, Joselyn Dumas. This time, Dumas is paired with Nigerian actor, OC Ukeje as they play beautifully, the roles of an estranged couple who struggle to reawaken the embers of their lost love.
Albeit a little unrealistic, the screenplay was quite amusing. The plot was twisted enough to keep me engaged. I enjoyed seeing the steamy sex scenes, the struggle to outmatch each other and finally the point of Epiphany where the couple realize that they cannot live without each other. The pregnancy was a nice spec to top the movie.
Sadly, I didn’t share a review on this movie but it is definitely a good watch.
My number 3 slot best accommodates My Wife & I.
Directed by young and fast rising Nollywood director, Bunmi Ajakaiye, My Wife & I fixes my need for worthwhile entertainment. I thoroughly enjoyed the combination of message and comedy. On the cheat side, the movie stars my all time favorite actors, Ramsey Nouah and Omoni Oboli. Also on the Cheat side, I really could relate with the story line- a couple on the verge of a divorce. I love the play out of emotions from all parties involved in the marriage. The effect of a turbulent marriage on the kids was overly emphasized. The twist of events albeit a little Hollywood originated did not reduce the hilarious effect for me. Continuity was great for minor glitches which I won’t bother revealing considering that this is not a Review
Take it from me, Wives on Strike The Revolution was a game changer.
It was like saving the best for last. From video quality to theme to casting and even continuity, the movie earned itself an A plus for me. Check out my Review.
The Omoni Oboli directed screenplay affected issues that made 2017 headlines- Domestic violence and the girl child rights. I missed out in my Review that the young actress who played the role of “Beatrice”, Titobiloluwa Segun-Banjo was phenomenal. For someone who has tried her hands with acting, shedding real tears is not an easy job so I’d give Tito double ups.
The movie is still in Cinemas, you should check it out ASAP!
If you finally got to this point with me, I’d have you know that I love to save the best for last. Isoken directed Jadesola Osiberu takes it all as my very best of the year 2017.
An interesting fact to note about this movie is the fact that it is Jadesola’s directorial debut movie.
Isoken was one movie that met the expectations and did excellently well in cinemas. The story was so realistic, I imagined myself in the major character’s shoes (felt every bit of disappointment, joy etc) . For a young woman living in this part of the world, the pain and disappointment of having to realize that Marriage tops the entirety of a woman’s achievement can’t be measured with mere words. It is worse to enter the great 30s single, almost like a death sentence.
The search for a suitable partner, getting torn between a seemingly PROPER suitor who checks society’s list and a random abstract loving, regular as hell guy all culminates to the biggest problems of a single and searching Nigerian girl. The struggle was indeed real and if you are single and can’t relate to that, I am deeply sorry as you might be living in Planet Mars.
Isoken was hilarious, action packed, realistic and a sight for sore eyes. Whoever the costumier was also deserves my New Year rice as he/she was above board. The movie checked my criteria.
P.S: I am still looking for my Whitee African loving Booboo. Enjoy the trailer:
Am I lying???
If you think my list is all messed up, feel free to comment your thoughts in the comment section and RATE above. Once again, Happy New Year guys!!!!