Thursday, July 14, 2011

Bursting out; A Private Storm

So I spent this weekend past watching movies with my friend who is a girl (you see, since my post where I mused about lesbian marriage, my RL friends who read this blog now wag their eyebrows whenever I mention girlfriends. You see how stigmatization starts? Please allow me to come out by myself na. Don’t force my hand pls.

Anywayz Chiz is a Nollywood fan, and is trying her best to indoctrinate me. Mba! Mba! Not happening anytime soon. The only good thing is knowing my dislike for bad scripts, she makes sure she shows me the really passable ones. So I watched these two:

BURSTING OUT – starring Genevieve Nnaji, Nse Ikpe Etim, Majid Michel, Omoni Oboli
This was a chick flick about this career lady, Zara (Genevieve) who her married best girlfriends were trying to hitch up. On a Valentine day blind-date she mistook the wrong guy for the right guy and fell in love…..only to find out that Mr Wrong guy-right guy was a courier guy a.k.a professional okada driver. Can their romance survive the class difference?

I loved the whole idea of a chickflick from Nollywood (bear in mind that I think “Keeping Faith" is the best chick flick from Nolly’s stable) and "Bursting Out" had a lot going for it:
A beautiful and polished cast, simple story line, good character definition (at least for the main acts).
Zara’s snooty girlfriends were a perfect foil for the boring scenes from office. Their verbal cat fights got me loling. Yep, that reminded me of how long term friends can be around each other.
The tension and fights between the lovers were well executed. Script was well written, mostly: I remember the question Tyron asked Zara after she found out about his ‘lower class’ occupation, “Zara, what is the problem? What do you have an issue with? The truth or the lie? Loved it!! Quotable quotes from Nollywood? Times are changing.

Urghh: Of course there will be urghh. You can only go so far with chick flicks even in Hollywood.
#Zara was supposedly an avowed career woman. A consultant. If consultant stands for shuffling a lot of papers and going to parties then she was a helluva a good one. Lols. 
#Tyron’s role was complexly simple- ex-footballer, alleged rapist, courier guy…..smh.
##And just when I thought the movie was a true Nollywood makeover, there came the ex-girlfriend from hell called Ibiere whom I shall call “the addendum that spoilt the broth”. She had no place in that movie…well, maybe if they had muzzled her in some parts. She was such a horrible blip on the scenery. Like rubbing paper on metal. Icky!
#There were some disjointed scenes and verbal exchanges that made no sense literally - even though the syntax was I had to pause the movie, repeat the sentence to myself and think…’but that sentence makes absolutely no sense??!’ LOL
#Is it me or why do African men in African movies look pained during romantic situations? Like when they are pleading undying love to their ladies, why do they always look like they are sucking lemons?.. just wondering.
Ginger scores it 6.2/10

A PRIVATE STORM-starring Ramsey Nouah, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, John Dumelo and please what is the name of Zara's friend?

It is little wonder Omotola and Genevieve remain on top of their game as Nollywood’s best actresses. They really do sound scripts!
In the wake of all the talk about domestic violence, this movie touched me. From the second act, I knew what the movie was going to be about and I was already bleeding for Geena.

Vivian Ejike (story writer cum screenplay-writer cum casting director cum producer), I must confess did her homework well. Kudos!!
She got the profile of an abuser to a T. Serenade her with loving words, abuse her when the doors close, more gifts, more forgiveness, beat her some more. The I swears, I promise, I love yous, forgive me, the admission of anger, the blaming, the without you I will die.

This movie reminded me again, that it is easy to see the lies and deceit when you are outside in the light (like how we bloggers are berating those stuck in their violent marriages). For the partner inside the storm, it can be an emotional roller coaster ride. When he is good, he is very very good. but when he is bad, he is horrid. We are human and our first instinct is to want to forgive. It is not so much about the expensive gifts but the loving heart that you think is behind it.
Ramsey Noah was purrfectly cast. It was almost like watching a Mr. Jekyll and Hyde. Whenever he is on the screen, I tense up not knowing what to expect for Zara’s sake. Honey or stings. Love or war. Gifts or fists.
Omotola was alright too. Her role didn't have as much range. A lot of sullen silences. but she played it well. I loved! loved! her pretty dark friend, Uju. What's her real name please? I love her big eyes, lips and lilting voice. 
The twist in the end was very interesting. How the viewer was made to empathise with the abuser......thumbs up Vivian! 
Ginger scores it 8/10

There were 2misses I noted!
A personal one from me – a wish that the setting wasn’t soo high class. Many people would think the gifts are sufficient to cushion the abuse...
Secondly on a humor level, why doesn’t Nollywood ever want to spend money on content? With all the violent energy in Ramsey, it would have been realistic to see him trash things in the house but the most violent thing he did was smash a wine bottle/glass, LOL. Like when Geena locked herself inside the bathroom, I thought he would kick down the door (the alternative of locking her in was brilliant actually).
Guess the owner of the house gave them a stern 
Like my brothers will say..grab your own copy now!!!

p.s. Have you completed the "SICKLE CELL STUDY HAVE YOUR SAY" questionnaire? What are you waiting for? Please do so now.  At least when I rejoice over getting my degree you will know say your hand dey there, lol. 
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  1. It's easy to be judgmental when one is not wearing the other woman's shoes. Love the reviews. You should do this more often:-)

  2. I have watched Bursting out, Canteven remember the story and an ex girlfriend(Im bad with remembering movies I watch only once), but I know I liked it sha---Genevieve nd Majid ofcourse made it interesting to me, my 2 faves!
    And this private storm! This one u went to give it 8/10, if I dont watch it this weekend ehn!! Well as long as it is online sha. LoL

  3. where did u watch these movies? Online?

  4. Did you watch the movies online?
    I love the reviews, I need to grab my copy too.

    and Yeah, it is easy for us to throw the stones from outside. But really domestic violence, I can't.

  5. Good. New Naija movie to watch. Lol.

  6. private storm is a must watch.
    dunno where to get bursting out.
    A must watch?

  7. Loved the reviews. I just might be tempted to watch more Naija movies.
    More often than not, I end up feeling perplexed after watching a Naija movie

  8. Seen the two movies. Very nice.

  9. Oh Ginger, how I do love you! I read the movie reviews, and they are oh-so-chockfull of info! But I have to say, the reference to potentially being a lesbian, well, I may potentially be one too, only I still prefer penis, but I do love me a beautiful woman. And yeah, my IRL friends wag their eyebrows at me too. See we can be imaginary lesbians together! xoxoxo Thanks for your constant encouragement and lovely comments! I do adore you!

  10. nice reviews.just wondering how i'll get the movies to watch them

  11. I have filled the questionnaire. All the best in your endeavours

  12. lol @ like sucking lemons...the truth is that Nigerians are still conservative at the review,,,,,maybe watch this one.

  13. I've seen both movies...I liked both...I preferred Private Storm...your reviews are very fair, and do both movies "justice".

  14. That your questionnaire ehn! We should have incentives o! e long die!
    but then, what can i say? I gotta help a sistah get them good grades na...abi? I shall dispatch my army to the site to also have their say
    Goodluck with it


  15. Are these movies subtitled? Are they in English? I have never seen a Nigerian flick and I'd love to.

  16. I didn't know how much I was missing your reviews, nice ones here. I have only seen Private Storm and would only score it 7 for the subplot of the guy's family. But Omotala and Ramsey were the perfect dysfunctional couple.

  17. I've seen bursting out and It was a good watch - a break from the other sub-standard Nollywood movies. That said I do have hope for Nigerian actors and their industry - if they can just get over the painfully fake accents and speak normally - that alone makes them painful to watch sometimes.

  18. Yay! A movie review after so long. Interesting. I probably wouldn't watch these cause i'm not really into romance and i definitely won't watch something as angsty as the private storm. Good reviews as usual :)

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  19. lol - naija movies mehnnnnnnnnnnnnnn what can i say. half the time, I want to slap the producers! I think they waste too much money producing rubbish. But I love them anyway :p

  20. thanks for the love..:) ..please thank Olori and Tnotes on my behlaf as well, it meant a lot. :) xxx

    and for the movies, well i will see if i can somehow look for it and see if I can watch ok since you seem convinced, I will put it in my to do list


    p.s:your thoughts needed here ;)

  21. Hi Ginger,

    I have answered the birthday post question in the post before the latest one. In fact, you're the second winner of the give away; meaning you'd be getting my Dad's book. Please send me an email with your address so I can order for the books this weekend. Thanks

    - LDP

  22. I don't know why but the only time I watch Nollywood films is when I am getting my braids did. I really can't fit in bad scripts with Netflix, OnDemand, DVR, and Redbox.

  23. Arrrghh. Blogger just swallowed my responses. Thank you people!!!

    @Myne - I do agree with you on the 7. I was innahppy mood when I wrote the Goes to show you how being in a good mood is essential when your graders are marking your script. ;)

    @Mom- the movies are in English. You'll definitely understand without subtitles.

    @Lucid - I feel you. Saloon visits are Nollywood times.

    @angelsbeauty - translating your comment - monkey no fine but im mama like am :)

    @Adura - Gbam! Thank you

    @MsLuffa - I feel you on the accents

    @Ibhade, Giagerry, Jaycee, Lara - Thank you. So have you all grabbed your copies??

  24. Lol@coming out. Yea right. Hey, 1more reason 2eluv u...kindred spirits, Keeping faith is def d best nollywood has produced (in my opinion too) bestest dialogue ever! Lurvd it. Been tryna get a frnd to watch it bt he doesn't like anything "jazzy" so he's forming bt I'll convert him.
    I however avnt seen any of these movies cos 9ja movies make me weak bt I'll def look 4 em



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