Nollywood’s latest high comedy The Bling Lagosians officially opens in cinemas nationwide today, June 28th. The Bolanle Austen-Peters produced film promises to be a box office favorite for reasons early birds are about to find out. If you need more convincing, my next lines are for you…
The new movie is a delightful mix of renowned stage and screen actors who deliver an above par performance with some of my favorites being Elvina Ibru and Alex Ekubo. Sharon Ooja doubles up her acting game on this one, all thanks to the character she plays. Tokunbo is totally different from Sharon’s typical roles.
I foresee Ibru becoming a producer’s delight after this film judging by how she interprets her role. It’s beautiful to see how she takes hold of her lines and delivers them with such gravitas, it’s hard not to appreciate her experience as a stage actor.
The Bling Lagosians tells the tale of a Lagos born elite who runs his company to the ground and soils his family name in a long trail of extravagant spending. What this story tries to do is to depict the lavish lifestyle of high-class citizens, particularly the kinds of things that get them ticked. Did they do a good job with it? Absolutely!
However, the story is a lot broader than that. It’s fully loaded with messages that are highly relatable. One is the message of accountability no matter the class.
Another conversation that the movie raises is one that’s been highly argued upon. Have you ever stumbled on the term “Nigerian market” as it concerns the Nollywood film industry and its audience?
It’s pretty much an argument of creativity versus strictly pursuing the paper where the latter consists of the Upper Iweka flood-like productions with horribly recycled stories and stereotyped actors. The former is pretty much the new Nollywood with exception to MANY! This branch holds Creativity as king. Our new minds want to open our eyes to stories with multiple layers. Stories with both the international and local market in mind. Tokunbo (Sharon Ooja) represents that idealism while Nnamdi (Alex Ekubo) represents the old.
Interestingly, in The Bling Lagosians, Creativity loses which pretty much sounds the alarm that perhaps, we all are truly not ready for mind-blowing motion pictures. I might need to add here that there ain’t no Oscars for lame ass stories!
On production quality i.e; costuming, cinematography, setting, this movie is top of the border good and worth your money.
It had its flaws. Top on the list was the anti-climatic experience of what should have been the peak of the story. The scene which I’ll gladly call the “Big Reveal” was flat and unimpressive. The subsequent scene was a blizzard in comparison.