Genre: Musical/ Drama
For a movie that according to the director, Tosin Coker, took 1 and half years to produce, I certainly expected more.
Verdict: 4 Stars
Lara and The Beat tells the story of a privileged singer, Lara Giwa who is forced to leave her life of Hermès and Louboutins when her family company goes down the drain in a tax scam. With no luxury left, Lara looks to her music to weather the storm.
Take out the glaring advert placements, off and on continuity, sometimes below obtainable standard acting from at least one of the lead characters, you’ll have left a relatively OK movie.
A movie I’d like to classify as NEW NOLLYWOOD… You see these kinds of movies want to show you that it cost a good sum to produce. Cinematography is top notch but its story is usually weak and often times unrealistic. The unrealistic part isn’t essentially a nollywood problem alone. So, let’s stick to the stories which always appear to be the after thought of the commencement of a production. For all we know, Alabi must have said: “guys, we need to make another movie and this time, I’d like a popular singer in it. Investors roll in some cash… now the cash is ready, can someone get me a story”?
Fairly entertaining because the Nollywood market was the yardstick for Lara and The Beat. They know we love some humor so we got that. But a rather classy, cool kids can relate kinda humor.
Dubbing this movie a musical and the fact that it satisfies on that angle is probably the biggest achievement of this flick. You’ll definitely enjoy every SINGLE soundtrack off this screenplay.
The story fell flat!! What should have been the really intense part of the movie appeared rushed. It did not quite portray sufficient emotion. The lead stars – Lara (Seyi Shay) and Mr Beats (Vector) had friendly chemistry. Definitely not the sparks that announce some folks are about to get laid.
Ultimately, in a note to the production team, Nollywood film lovers are over the flamboyant picture quality, awesome costuming, flashy locations or even destination locations. What we actually want to see now is a story that equals Hollywood- not in technological advancement (clears throat) but in its ability to tell both a convincing (our) story (continuity, climax, denouncement) and embodies Humor (which we are well known for).