If there is anything Toyin Abraham is getting right as a movie producer, it has to be that she might have mastered the craft of promoting her movies. Her movies are a great example of “when the hype does not match the work”.
Unarguably, Toyin has laid her eggs in the comedy genre camp. She’s better as a comic actor. So, why not? Among the many problems of that assertion is the fact that her movies…
“Focus solely on making its viewers LAUGH.”
Asides rolling off your chairs from the numerous hilarious yet disjointed scenes, zero attention is paid to making what can actually be called a “GOOD MOVIE”.
From the days of Alakada Reloaded (2016), there appears to be a conspicuous trail of amateur directing, scripting, casting, editing which sum up to deliver an absolute waste of time/money to the unassuming audience.
With this knowing in mind, The Ghost and The Tout seemed like a bad idea from the get- go.
Interestingly, the movie wasn’t so bad if you take out all the technicalities of what defines a “Good movie”. For once, the viewers had something more than humor to hold on to. The film had a story!
The Ghost and The Tout is literally the story of a Ghost and a Tout ( no pun intended). Isla ( Toyin Abraham) is a Tout who develops psychic abilities after seeing an Oro masquerade procession. Her Mediumship career gets a rapid kickstart when she stumbles on Mike, The Ghost.
Mike ( Sambasa Nzeribe) is a young, accomplished groom to be who is murdered a few days to his wedding. Mike burdens Isla with the task of reaching out to his almost bride, Adunni (Bayray Mcnwizu) and ultimately help him apprehend his killers. The story takes an unexpected twist when the killer turns out to be Mike’s friend and driver played by Femi Balogun.
Depending on your anticipation level, the first few minutes of this film is a true test of patience. The roll out of scenes featuring some of your favorite Instagram comedians will leave you wondering if you paid money to see skits you’d rather be watching from the comfort of your home and cell phone. When the story eventually begins to unfold, its numerous continuity errors, terrible sound effects, and editing errors come together to make for an unpleasant cinema experience.
If the movie’s cast appeared to overwhelm the story, that’s because The Ghost and The Tout suffered serious casting problems. Either Abraham wanted to appease everyone in the industry by giving them a spot on this production or her PR team decided to dish out some profitable advice to aid their work but definitely a terrible advice for the movie. Frankly, Josh2funny, Bobrisky, Rachel Okonkwo, Kaffy, Chioma Chukwuka, Lasisi Elenu clearly had no business on that set.
As expected, Toyin Abraham put her soul into her character. In fact, she was the only real actor in the movie. Judging by the near smirk look on Sambasa’s face through out the movie, it’s OK to say “He was feeling Abraham’s funny stunts too much to get in character” despite how undemanding his role was. This was definitely not an AMVCA worthy performance Sambasa!
Can you remember the first time you tried your hands at Darts ? Did you hit the bull’s eye on your first few attempts? But of course, you got closer with each try. Let’s just say The Ghost and The Tout got close but not close enough.