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Up North: A Refreshing Take On An Old Idea

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Starring: Banky W, Suleiman Ibrahim, Rahama Sadau, Adesua Etomi, Kanayo I Kanayo, Michelle Dede, et al.

Although the story ‘Up North’ tries to tell isn’t original, it still manages a refreshing outlook.

Who would’ve thought the north was this beautiful?

I suppose the above is the kind of reaction Editi Effiong and everyone at Anakle Films were hoping for during the early stages of this movie’s production. Luckily for them, that’s exactly what they get.

The cinematography is obviously the best part of this movie. It’s very refreshing. For a moment there, in your head, you’d find yourself refuting all the popular claims about northern Nigeria being evil, war-torn, and full of illiterates, and wish you could visit Bauchi. That’s one of the things a movie should be able to accomplish, make you feel things you never knew you could. And ‘Up North‘ shines there.

The movie also does something patriotic. It paints the mandatory National Youth Service (NYSC) in a good light and that’s a big deal. For many, the NYSC scheme is a waste of time, another avenue used by the government to legally embezzled funds. But Up North doesn’t concern itself such all these gossips. No. It instead crafts something beautiful around the scheme, challenging the present and future corps members to be more like Corper Bassey (Banky W), dutiful and thorough in all their dealings with the Fatherland. And that’s a good one.

That’s about all that’s commendable here.

Whoever thinks it’s wise to keep giving Banky W lead roles in mega movies needs to have a rethink. In as much as Banky as Bassey is far from terrible to watch, he still has a lot more to learn. His range as an actor is still limited and watching him flash his Dozie Onwuka charm across different movies is fast becoming as tiring as watching him and real-life wife, Adesua Etomi, star in the same movies, together.

The star of Up North, for me, is easily Suleiman Ibrahim, and even his performance is sometimes plagued by an underwhelming script.

Notwithstanding, Up North is a very beautiful movie. The bright colors and seeming warmth of Bauch State is enough to make you forget these shortcomings, that’s if you even noticed them in the first place. You should see this movie before it leaves Netflix.

Directed By: Tope Oshin

Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

Muna: Adesua-Etomi Wellington Is Ready To Kick Ass

The trailer for ‘Muna‘ starring Adesua-Etomi Wellington dropped a few days ago. Muna is sure to be a kick-ass movie, and it’s safe to say it’s one of Nollywood’s most anticipated movie of 2019.First teased by the star actress in Summer 2017, the beautiful wife of actor/musician/ political aspirant Banky-W is set to wow global audience with this collaboration between Hollywood and Nollywood. Judging by the trailer, there’s not going to be any dull moment in this movie. Or will there?

We’vecome a long way to continue to fall hook, line and sinker for this new Nollywood game. It’s relatively new, but still has been done so much time it’d be weird to not acknowledge what’s really happening. Nollywood has gotten very good at cutting trailers. A round of applause for the powerhouse industry.

Banana Island Ghost, Up North, The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai are some of the high-profile movies in recent years to follow this route. Awesome trailers which gets you nothing short of hopeful and willing to dole out those Naira notes you hold dear. Unfortunately, none of these movies ever lived up to the hype. And I fear Muna might follow suit.

Yet, it still wouldn’t be far-fetched to fan the flames of optimism. Who knows, Muna might just surprise us, and break the curse?

RR’s Top 6 Nollywood Films Of The Year 2018

There hasn’t been a year in Nollywood as good as 2018. It was a fabulous year, especially in its last quarter (particularly the month of December). Multiple nollywood movies garnering critical acclaims at the same time is something not usually seen, so understand why I and some other people might be excited at how far the industry’s come. We can only hope this positive development piques the interests of indifferent viewers into going out of their way to support the industry by watching flicks it puts out for consumption; for without the consumers, the producers produce in vain.

In this year, we had movies spanning multiple genres; from the mouth-watering-cuisine-filled Royal Hibiscus Hotel, to the supernatural thriller Sylvia to gangster-ganja monster-hit King of Boys to family drama Lionheart, there was just about everything for everybody depending on your taste. Fret not, Ebony Life was very much active last Christmas season; they had their usual mindless comedy to thrill fans, this time in the form of Chief Daddy. I’m happy industry now has an official box office system, so we don’t get to believe any of the hogwash EL and filmone forced down our throats in the name of box office king. And, it’s my prayer the ills and sins of Nigeria doesn’t get to taint it before it even kicks off.

I, honestly, don’t get to see as much Nigerian movies at the cinema. This is because I’m careful about what my eyes sees (I don’t want my IQ dropping at an alarming rate). But with the overall performance of the out-gone year, in terms of movie quality, I’m willing to let me guard down a little, and so should you.

Without wasting any more time, let me reveal the six movies I believe redefined the Nigerian movie industry in the year 2018.

6 God Calling

There hasn’t been much Christian-themed production in recent time, and I don’t think there’s ever been one with a quality as great as this one. God calling is that movie you need to supercharge your faith in the right direction.

5 Up North

“Northern Nigerian is beautiful”. That’s a phrase you might have heard from someone who’s visited any of the states there. Thanks to this movie, many people get to visit there too (Bauchi State), and see the north has more to over than the ugliness of Boko Haram.

4 Knockout Blessing

Dare Olaitan thrilled the world when he released Ojukokoro a little over two years ago. With Knockout Blessing, he tells the world in unequivocal terms that he isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

3 Sylvia

Supernatural thrillers were a stable of Nollywood back in the days; it was good to see it make a return, and to the big screen. Zainab Balogun puts in one of the best performance of her career as the titular character.

2 King of Boys

Kemi Adetiba brought to life a highly entertaining movie here. With high, octane-filled energy acting, and a cinematography like nothing ever seen before in Nollywood, almost everyone who visited the cinema left feeling entertained.

1 Lionheart

Rightly called “The feel good movie of the year” – Wilfred Okichie; Lionheart is definitely the biggest Nollywood movie of 2018. Becoming the first Nigerian Netflix Original speaks greatly for it. It’s a movie with a simple plot, but its name has been carved into the sands of history. Director and star Genevieve Nnaji put a lot of work into this movie, I’m happy it’s paying off – critically and financially. Click here to read my review.

I’ll like to know what you think in the comment box below.