By Chinelo Ude
Nollywood is the third largest movie industry in the world due to the number of movies produced per year next to Bollywood and Hollywood but it is by far the poorer of the two. The Nigerian movie industry has come a long way in making a name for themselves but now that they have made that name it is time for them to slow down and produce quality movies worth watching and enjoying by not only Africans.
My turn off to not being a big fan of Nollywood is due to the over exaggeration by the characters that it makes it hard to believe for the viewers. This is seen all over this week’s movie Daniella.
The movie Daniella was directed by Ifeanyi Ogbonna and major players in the movies are Mercy Johnson who has the lead role as Daniella, Walter Anga her best guy friend while Angela Okorie played Walter’s girlfriend and the lady that grants Mercy all her life’s wishes.
I will refrain from doing a plot by plot analysis and giving the movie away to those that have not had the pleasure of seeing it yet. It is said that there should be a part 3, so as we wait for part 3 let us call out the flaws in parts 1 and 2.
The movie is about how Angela Okorie’s character is indebted to another friend (played by Mercy Johnson) who selflessly donated a kidney to her at the verge of her death to save her life, in an attempt to pay the other back she sacrifices her true love and marries a wealthy guy to fund her friend’s dreams of becoming a famous rapper.
The producers did a very good job of choosing the actors and actresses for this movie; no one was wrong for the part in which they played feminine Mercy Johnson portrayal of an up and coming female rapper in a male dominant field is quite remarkable but also a bit overdone. She tried too much. She over exaggerated a lot that this seasoned actress started looking like a beginner trying to make it at all cost. Clearly it can be seen that Mercy Johnson did not do her research or the proper way of portraying a female rapper and also the proper way of paying a Tomboy but what saved her is that she has mastered her facial expression.
The intention of any movie is for the viewers to cry with the characters when they cry and for them to laugh with the characters when they laugh, not laugh at the characters which I found myself doing several times. Mercy Johnson and Walter Anga would take a few lessons from Angela Okorie which her own overacting did not seem fake but will make the viewer connect with her more on the same emotional level than laugh at her.
The producer however did not finish his job; the movie is very poorly edited in terms of sounds and also possible unneeded scenes. I concluded that after the movie was produced and filming was done several things happened. There were no edited parts at all, it was released with all its roughness and unneeded scenes; it was edited but somewhere in the middle the editing crew or person got either tired or too drunk and decides the rest was fine as it is; and last but not least, parts of each film were given to each member of the editing team and the ones that knew the business edited to a quality that will be accepted in international standards and others edited it to the quality why Nigerian movies will never leave the ranks of Nollywood to make it to the international arena. The movie needed much editing for someone to enjoy it without having to turn it off out of annoyance.
One does not need their speaks blasting to be able to enjoy a movie and even at that you still cannot hear the characters due to so much background noise and some of these where in a must not miss sections of the movie—it leaves the viewer wondering what the conversation was about.
This movie simply does not do it for me.
Cruise actor ratings:
Mercy Johnson: 6.5/10
Walter Anga: 7.5/10
Angela Okorie: 8/10
Cruise Movie ratings: 5/10