Everything was going well with ‘Sugar Rush’ until it got to its third act. It either completely switched genres or increased the tempo of its pre-existing ones; it’s been three (3) days since I first saw the movie on Netflix, but I still haven’t been able to figure out which one it is.
What I do know is that, its third act is one-kind. 😩
Acting was decent across the board. Special shout-out to Bimbo Ademoye as Bola Sugar and Tobi Bakre as Andy; there wasn’t a dull moment watching both of them do their thing on screen. And also to Lateef Adedimeji, but solely for the Yoruba-Igbo hybrid accent thingy.
Other things about the movie I found to be one-kind? Dem boku! But I’ll mention a few:
How the Sugar mother (played by Iya Rainbow) leisurely followed her kidnappers out of the house without batting an eyelid at her daughter Susie (interestingly played by Adesua Etomi) crying and rolling on the floor.
How Madam EFCC (underwhelmingly portrayed by Omoni Oboli) appeared out of thin air for the final showdown. Very convenient.
Every scene with Mawuli ‘summer body’ Gavor
Everything about Banky W’s Anikulapo, except his make-up. I liked that one. 😄
Compound V: I almost thought I was watching a sequel of TheBoys. 😄
I don talk my own finish. Oya, talk your own. Sugar Rush, yay or nay?
When news of ‘Living in Bondage: Breaking Free’ first broke out, I had doubts about it. Naturally, there was going to be very high expectations for it to deliver in ways yet unimaginable. I was apprehensive thinking about what would become if that didn’t happen; if it couldn’t live up to the memory of its original, the revered classic. But as we’re constantly reminded by certain events in life; you either go hard, or you go home. And ‘Living in Bondage: Breaking Free’ brought a gun to a knife fight.
Watching it for the first time, it’s obvious Executive Producer Charles Okpaleke (aka Charles of Play), Producer Steve Gukas, and Director Ramsey ‘no longer a loverboy’ Nouah did their homework. They invested time, energy, and money into this project; and the result is a flashy movie, which is great as a standalone watch, yet creatively ties into its source material and pays homage in ingenious ways.
The last time I experienced something similar to ‘Breaking Free’ was in 2016 with the smash hit, ‘The Wedding Party’. And even that feeling was of a different breed, because it stemmed mostly out of it being able to make me laugh effortlessly. So, with ‘Breaking Free,’ I needed to be certain it wasn’t just the giddy 15-year-old in me that was excited at seeing fast cars ride through the streets of Lagos, or the fairytale zing that was Kelly and Nnamdi’s first meeting. It’s hard to deny the attraction to affluence and wealth as lavishly displayed in this movie, but ‘Breaking Free’ does a good job balancing them out almost as soon as the story starts to draw you in.
All the talks about story balancing wouldn’t have been possible without a strong cast to bring what was on paper to life, and Jideofor Kenechukwu Achufusi, better known by his stage name Swanky JKA does a good job carrying this movie. It may not have been perfect (who is anyways?) but it’s clear he’s got a fire burning in him, something the industry needs to fan more often. It’s in him to be great and I hope the odds works in his favour.
As the director and main-villain of this movie, Ramsey puts his nearly two decades of experience on display; he does a great job helping relatively unknown newbies like Swanky JKA, Munachi Abii and Shawn Faqua (whose character Toby is my favourite) shine. After watching this, I know I want to see more movies with him at the helm of affairs.
If there’s one thing I really loved about this movie, it’s how it was able to pick up the thread of the original LIB movie, after 27 years, without making the sequel feel enslaved to it. Bob Manuel Udokwu, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Kenneth Okonkwo, and some of the other creatives who featured in the original, returned for this sequel and not once did their characters make this film suffer because of their unresolved issue, which I liked. Save for Andy, who was important to the story being told, the others were nothing more than glorified extras.
It’s not all roses and diamonds for ‘Breaking Free’, though. It does suffer from a few malignancies, like the stretching of certain scenes till they lose taste; Nnamdi and Kelly’s first meeting is a notable example of this. Add that to some characters making questionable choices just to further the plot, and you’ll notice a frown starting to carve on your face.
This is a good movie, easy rewatchable, and I’m sure I’ll be doing that frequently for a while.
Kudos to: – The brotherly bond between Toby and Nnamdi. It was beautiful to watch
– The sex scene. Colour me dark, but tasteful; that’s how I’d described it.
– The Man in Black (from Lost) visual reference; that puff of black smoke. Remember it?
Starring: Jemima Osunde, Jamal Ibrahim, Charles Etubiebi Oke, Kehinde Fasuyi, et al.
Release Date: May 24, 2019
I learnt from Jemima Osunde (who played Nkem) that ‘The Delivery Boy’ was first meant to be a short film, but ended as an unusual 66 minutes movie. As at the time of writing my first draft of this review, I didn’t yet know how much this piece of info would influence your feelings about this movie, but I thought to leave it in anyways.
If you’ve seen ‘The Delivery Boy’ and you call it a masterpiece, you won’t be entirely wrong. Here’s why. In an age where the average filmmaker would rather tell stories of parties, blings and merriment, Director Adekunle ‘Nodash’ Adejuyigbe joins a small, but growing list of creative daredevils willing to defy the odds and birth something different. Something better. And while this is very commendable, I also believe that pointing out where obvious errs in the course of actualizing this ambition will help him, and the others, improve faster.
What happens when fate brings together a prostitute and a killer? It gets them to fulfill destiny. How do you fulfil destiny? You may ask. Truth is, there’s no straight road to her in real life; but in fiction, there’s only so much you can do to stretch the common sense of a person’s ability to believe in characters they just met under 90 minutes. With its final act, ‘The Delivery Boy’ really stretches that fact. But that doesn’t make this a bad film. Neither does it erase the good work it’s trying to do by shedding light on controversial, prevalent societal topics most filmmakers would shy away from.
Nodash, in his own way, and through the meticulous use of a particular local language many might argue propagates a long running stereotype, tries to tell a story that is dear to him and feels has to be told, because that’s one of the things art is supposed to be able to do – shine strong light on societal ills to expose them. So, even though, Nodash’s third act goes about this weirdly, I don’t think he should be crucified for that. Try to ignore the few inconsistencies with the acting and sometimes crappy editing, okay?
So, I’ll paraphrase a point I made earlier: ‘The Delivery Boy’ tells a story that is smart, compelling, intriguing and full of suspense.
With an awesome story, a decent screenplay, and addictive characters, portrayed tastefully and leave you asking for more, why can’t we have a sequel? Is it because of that debatable climax, or because the movie was never meant to last long in the first place?
This is a recap-review of Insecure s04e10 – season finale
Insecure has done well for itself this year. And like all good things, this season has come to an end, too.
Really heavy stuff happened in this season’s finale, some of which I saw coming. Which ones, you might ask? Let’s get into them, see if I jog your memory.
1) Andrew sweetly breaks up with Molly because she almost never makes compromises for him or their relationship. Guess who she turns to?
2) In Molly’s defense, Isaa, too, was heartbroken, so Molly calling her was a much needed escape for the both of them. But, is that healthy? Always bonding over tragedy?
The showrunner (Prentice Penny) says Issa and Molly are the true love story of the show, so they had to bring them back together, but I ain’t I that shit.
I really hope all this hasn’t been about both ladies finding their way to each other because they eventually realise all men are scum. Think about it for a second?
3) Why was Issa heartbroken? Turns out we were right all along (see? 😁) Condola, aka Canola oil, is indeed pregnant, and Lawrence ‘bobo firecracking strokes’ is the father. Shocked? I’m not. All those fire moves he’s been giving were sure to catch up with him sooner rather than later 😉.
It seems this is a deal breaker for Issa. Things may not be the same for their old-new relationship when the show returns. Hopefully, they get to work things out for their sake and that of the innocent baby coming.
4) Issa choose Lawrence over Nathan, but she’s still friends with the latter. Right now, I’m sure a part of her is wishing she could’ve found out about the baby early before turning Nathan down. Is she at a lose-lose, or do you think there’s a version of the future where she gets together with Nathan?
5) Poor Tiffany. Post-partum isn’t something that’s often talked about, but that doesnt mean it isn’t real. The show tries to shed some light on this topic and I think that’s cool. Hopefully, Derek continues to be there for his wife, even as her friends (save for Keli) have less time to deal with her shit and theirs simultaneously.
6) Where the fuck is Chad and when do we find out what happened to Latoya?!!!
The premise of ‘Da 5 Bloods’ is pretry simple; 4 war vets return to the site of the Vietnam war under the guise of recovering the corpse of their late platoon leader, but are also there to secretly retrieve the large chunk of gold bars they buried years ago.
“Gold does strange things to people, even old friends,” Tien, a minor character, says as she hands a disguised gun to Otis, one of the titular Bloods; this was just before he and the rest of his squad depart for the Vietnamese jungle. That singular action was more of a warning for we the viewers to brace for impact than it was for Otis to lookout for potential betrayal on the field. The gold did lead to explosive revelations for all of them, just not in ways I was expecting. I thought that was good.
This Spike Lee Joint delivers one of the best movies this troubled year has seen. It’s calm yet smartly stirs trouble as its peng story unveils itself, illuminating, explosive, well-directed, graciously scored, and radically timely in the face of the BLM movement going on around the world now. It gives me hope for 2020; we’ve got 6 movie months to go. There’s still hope, guys.
Heads up! Expect gory, real-life shots popping up throughout this movie. It can feel like a distraction, if you’re not so immersed in the movie, but I enjoyed them. I found myself looking forward to the next one.
Delroy Lindo and Jonathan Majors as father and son are the heart of this film; in a way, they’re also its chief muscles too, aesthetically speaking. Delroy, in particular, portrays PTSD at its rawest and how carrying around unresolved baggage can wear one out. Even though we don’t see much of him in it, Chadwick Boseman’s Stormin’ Norman is its heart, ably supported by Clarke Peters’ Otis.
I can’t be the only one who thinks Clarke Peters looks like Morgan Freeman, right?
After rooting for Issa and Lawrence to get back together last week, I found myself hoping she and Nathan would hook up in this episode. I mean, I wasn’t the only one feeling that intense sexual energy , right?
One more episode to wrap up the season and things are still messy as hell on this corner of HBO! Molly finally spilled what’s been going on her mind to Issa, it almost seems like our girls are done for good. Could this truly be the end of Molly & Issa? If you as me, I’d say let’s wait till next week to find out.
PS: Ahmal is hilarious AF! I think the show will do well with more screentime for him next season.
PS, again: Issa and Lawrence are in a really good place, but she and Nathan still have unresolved feelings for each other. On this note, I don’t think I’ll mind if they can agree to have a threesome-kind-of-relationship. Wouldn’t that be something? 😄
PS, again, again: Kerry Washington directed this fire episode. Awesome job, girl! 🔥
This is a recap-review of Agents of SHIELD Season 7 Premiere episode
(SPOILER Alert! – If you’ve not seen the season 7 premiere of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, you should leave and go talk about #TheMatter with your friends. 🤧
Daisy and the rest of what’s left of the Agents of SHIELD have travelled back in time to the Prohibition Era (USA, 1930s) to save SHIELD in its early days. What they didn’t know is, to do that, they’ll have to save Hydra, too, as both organization’s destinies are intertwined.
That, ladies and gentlemen — with a near-perfect LMD Coulson, Daisy and Deke still giving us f*ckable vibes, a new version of Jemma without Fitz, and Chronicum scums literally stealing and erasing people’s faces– is how you kickstart a season!!! 🥳🥳🥳
2013 feels just like yesterday, but AoS is in its 7th and final season, which means we’ll be saying goodbyes to another beloved show, soon. 😫
I’ve got two words to describe this show – Resilent and Resourceful. It refused to give up even when most people hated its first season and didn’t want to give it another chance to get things right, and it made the best of the scrap the MCU (studio edition) left for it and kept on crafting spellbinding stories season, after season.
I’ll really miss it when it ends, and I can’t wait to enjoy the adventure the ’30s will unfold.
Starring: Issa Rae, Kumail Nanjiani, Anna Camp, etc.
Love isn’t always rosy; it’s a journey and can be made or marred by the unlikeliest of circumstances. For Jibran and Leilani, witnessing a murder turns out to be what ignites a new spark of passion they weren’t sure they still had in them, and, as it turns out, happens to be what sustains their relationship.
Kumail Ninjiani and Issa Rae, who are arguably two of the funniest people in present day Hollywood, breathe life into this clumsy, comic couple. And I thought they were fun to watch. Chemistry was average. I wasn’t really sold on the depth of their love or not-hate relationship, but it was enough to sustain the movie based on a very shaky, cliche plot.
It’s not perfect (which movie is anyway?) but you’re sure to have a good time if you watch it.
Thursday nights won’t be the same without Shondaland’s How to Get Away with Murder to keep us company anymore, that’s for sure. It’s weird, but the show is finally over. And with it, all the mysteries, tension-driven Annalise courtroom dramas, and pleasant moments of listening to Tegan pronounce the villainous Castillo surname as Cas-TEE-yoes.
After six seasons, multiple deaths, mindboggling questions, and measurably satisfying answers, there’s almost no doubt the show has done well for itself. Watching the electrifying series finale, we can also agree it served its characters well and gave them different doses of poetic justice.
But the question now is, how did it achieve all that? Now that the show is over, it’s easier to view the whole thing in retrospect and try to figure out which parts of the road leading to the finale worked fine, and which parts weren’t all that great.
Don’t worry, you won’t end up hating the show, its legacy is already cemented. It’s our opinion. You don’t need to take it that seriously, unless you think we’re right, too.
The Show’s Big Bad. Who?
Every show needs an overarching big bad, right? For ‘Game of Thrones’, that was the Night King. For ‘The Vampire Diaries’, we can also agree that was the elusive Katherine Pierce.
A hero is only as good as the villain they contend with. And for everything we loved about Viola Davis’ portrayal of the fierce Law Professor, Annalise Keating, neither Governor Lynne Birkhead, Jorge or Xavier Castillo come close in opposing measure.
For the benefit of the doubt, this isn’t to apportion blame on the actors, I think they all did good jobs with what they were given. Birkhead’s cold, unconcerned demeanor is something to be desire, but it just wasn’t good enough for her to be taken as a real threat by me (the viewers). As the show ends, the inner workings of Birkhead’s mind remains shrouded in mystery, and her real motivations remain unknown until the very end, which shouldn’t have been. How does a public servant get so pissed at one citizen, to the point that she piles up countless murders just to take her down? Pretty sloppy if you ask me.
It’d have been great if the show shone a little more light on her and the Castillos, too. It would’ve greatly helped us (the fans) understand why they all did what they did, and why trying to ruin Annalise was so damn important to them, other than implying it was to make a statement.
Nate’s Hatred for Annalise.
When we first met Nate, he was a police officer; not sure if he was decorated, but he was a man with a dying wife, still serving and protecting lives. Annalise happened. Then we saw Nate the adulterer; the widower; a son estranged from his father; a son trying to fix things with his father; and, finally, a son without one. It was a mixture of fun and sadness following Nate through his journey, but that was before he started to hate Annalise for a next-to-no reason.
Now, I know AK framed him for Sam’s murder to help those ungrateful kids in season one, and I’m not trying to justify that. But she did atone for that sin. That should count for something, right?
She also tried getting his old man out of jail. And, although Nate Lahey Sr. died, on the orders of the Governor (another lame thing the Governor did without us understanding her true motives) Nate Jr. knew who was responsible. He knew Annalise did everything she could to help his dad, so I never really did understand his whole anger against her, even going as far as agreeing to be an informant for the FBI against her.
Not to forget his double stunt at murder; RIP DA Ronald Miller, Nate had more dirt on his hands than a lot of the other characters. All those talks about forgiving Annalise in the finale; man really did get away with murder(s) and to think he never attended Annalise’s class.
Michaela isn’t Really a Bad Person.
Talking about people who attended Annalise’s classes – Michaela Pratt deserves a spot on the Hall of Fame for b*tchy attitude.
If desperate ambition could be personified, Lord knows Michaela would fit that bill. Same Lord knows I hated her for a very, very long time. Gosh! That girl was so annoying. And that’s a testament to the top-notch performance Aja Naomi King put into the role.
But, is Michaela a bad person for wanting to be somebody in a world that’s mostly seen her as a nobody? I don’t think so.
Yeah, maybe her approach was aggressive, but there isn’t really anything wrong with putting yourself first every time. No law against that. The only logical end to such an ambitious, selfish character is allowing her get everything she ever wanted but at the expense of her relationships. The show does a good job of portraying that in the finale.
Having ambition is good. Ambition gets you your heart desires, most of the time. In the case of Michaela, it’s a judgeship. But, at what cost? The loss of her one-time friends and (hypothetically speaking) her children. Remember this scene? 👇
Some people are willing to pay such a hefty price, Michaela’s one of such. If you think about it, she’s the only one who really did pass Annalise’s classes_ she survived and got away with…
Frank: A Keating²
I remember when we first met Frank and I couldn’t understand his devotion to Annalise Keating. It wasn’t until the backstory episode aired and I understood how much of his life he owed to that very-forgiving woman. And for the most part of it, I enjoyed watching him grow in and out of AK’s shadow, beating himself for what he did. And his zeal to want to become a better person, first for Laurel, and then for Bonnie.
I appreciated that character growth.
Then, came the whirlwind plot twist from hell (typical HTGAWM style). And just like that, Frank was revealed to not just be a Keating, but a Keating birthed by another Keating. Really, Murder Writers?
A few years ago, such an incest storyline would’ve been a BIG shocker, but not in this post GOT world.
I thought that plot was a bad idea, and really prayed against its confirmation after it got teased in the final moments of “What if Sam wasn’t the bad guy this whole time” – s06e13. We all know how that turned out.
The revelation may have explained some of Sam and Hannah’s motives, but it doesn’t excuse any of the atrocious things either of them did, especially the former and how he treated Frank. Once that secret came to light, I knew there was only one way Frank’s story would end — if the guilt of Annalise’s son could still be eating him up after all those years, imagine what’d happen when the label changes and he realizes that not only did he mortgaged the life of his unborn baby brother for a few thousand dollars, but that his father also sent him to kill another of his unborn sibling?
It’s Frank, the guilt would eat him alive.
And since there’s no Sam or Hannah to take out his frustration on, he’d go for the next best thing. I think that was an easy way for the show writers to tie off Birkhead, Hannah, Frank, and Bonnie’s stories.
Hannah’s Death was Lazy Writing. Yeah, I Finally Said It!
Still talking about loose cannons. I think Hannah’s death, the way it happened, was an easy route the show took to avoid unnecessary confrontation with Frank, which would’ve meant more airtime.
Who better to pin her death on than the Governor whose tab never gets full?
With all these intricate, last-minute plotting, it’s still a wonder how this show managed to get away nearly unscathed?
Gabriel was Underutilized
I don’t think I can ever forget the excitement I felt when Gabriel was introduced to the show_ s04e15.
Frank’s words in that season’s finale were: “the kid’s here” and they launched a new division of HTGAWM sleuths hoping to solve the mystery before the show returned for the next (5th) season.
The road towards his revelation as Sam’s only surviving child (before Frank entered the contest) took up a lot of screen time and, sadly, didn’t amount to much for we the viewers.
I think Rome Flynn is an amazing actor almost as good as his looks, or maybe better. But, boy, was he underutilized?!
He never really escaped being under Sam’s shadow.
The whole reason for his existence on the show was to bug everyone for the truth about how his dad died. And, while it was initially sad to watch Michaela and the others play him around like a ball, the end of his story arc didn’t leave much to pity anymore.
In the end, he gave up years of searching for the truth in exchange for a lot of coins and sob words from Frank to not let Sam ruin his life, too. Everyone has a price, and I guess Gabriel finally realized he needed to secure the bag for himself and his mom more than he needed to hear more painful truths about Sam.
I’ll just say this… If the FBI in real-life is anything as portrayed on the show, the whole of the USA is in trouble. Why did that Agent Pollock have to kill Asher?
Enough gloom about the show. How about I highlight some of the things I thought worked with the finale?
So, What Worked?
Annalise’s not-guilty verdict. She’s worked so hard and technically, remains innocent until the fact, to go to jail again for crimes she didn’t commit. More beautiful is that she went on to live a long, beautiful life with Tegan (and some other faceless people) … and that funeral eulogy from Eve. BEAUTIFUL!
Connor going to prison for 5 years and Oliver waiting for him. That was beautiful, and true to both character’s individual journeys and love together.
The fast-forward in time to reveal Alfred Enoch as Christopher and not Wes. That was really good.
The Bonnie and Clyde parallel to Bonnie and Frank’s end.
That’s about it…
Tell me if there’s a mostly unspoken truth about the show/ the series finale I missed, in the comment below.
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