All you need to leave the cinema feeling satisfied with God Calling is your HEART. Once your heart is in from the start, I can assure you’ll not only leave with the message(s) but with the excitement of someone newly gifted the with the message of salvation. Unfortunately, reviewers cannot afford that luxury.
Verdict: 6 Stars
God Calling is primarily a faith-based movie directed by BB Sasore. The movie which stars Nollywood leading (you’ll agree) lady, Zainab Balogun and Karibi Fubara tells the tale of Sade, a woman who answers God’s rather persistent call after she suffers a number of tragedies hallmarked by the death of her daughter. God Calling experiments with some fantastic ideas but aces them all as these ideas can also be translated to realistic ideas. For instance, following the death of her daughter, Sade begins to get calls from God. While this is absurd in reality, it can as well be explained as the character hallucinating as a reaction to the huge grief she suffers also made worse by her drug addiction.
The story also alludes to the biblical tale of Abraham and God’s Call for him to leave his father’s house and go East with his wife Sarah. Of course that’s easy to decipher when Sade tells her husband that God has called her to be the “Mother of Nations”. Another point to note is how the screenwriter intelligently makes the audience see Sade as the decision maker in her home while subtly emasculating her husband. This bit is very important for what’s to come for Sade (her call as the modern day Abraham).
Pay attention to some lines in ‘God Calling’ and how they are intricately woven and interwoven. Genius!
As a faith-based movie, God Calling doesn’t fall short. But, as a Nollywood movie released in 2018, this movie enjoys some majors highs and suffers some equally major lows.
On the high note, cinematography is probably the most excellently executed feature of this movie. The picture quality is crisp to say the least! If you have an eye for camera angles and shots, you’ll agree that the cinematographer, Ola Cardosso did no mediocre job.
It’s admirable to see Nollywood filmmakers take the bold step of experimenting with VFX. The most striking feature of God Calling (from its trailer days) was the use of Visual effects to create scenes of Balogun’s character falling off the 3rd Mainland Bridge and RMD’s character’s prosthetic leg.
Still on the high notes of God Calling, costuming was way above impressive plus it’s always a thrill to unite with veteran acts like Nkem Owoh, Onyeka Onwenu, Tina Mba and Richard Mofe Damijo, all of whom put up stellar acts.
The thrill doesn’t end with seeing our veteran stars. Child star Diana Egwuatu is a heart stopper with her totally wowing performance in God Calling.
However, I can’t say the same for the sound technician. The poorly executed audio effects put a huge dent on the smooth progression of the movie as very often in the movie, the effects overshadow the dialogue. The effects used for both the suspense and tragic scenes began to come off as painful bastardization. Sadly, the plot at some point appeared to rub off a feeling of disjointedness especially when the story drifted from the lead actor’s story to that of her father. While the script writer clearly had a reason for the drift, I insist that the addition made the film drag and flattened the denouement.
I highly recommend this movie especially for those feeling like they might have strayed a little from the Light. It offers a message of hope, salvation and ultimately, encouragement.
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