It’s another Weekend Blues with Movie Review and I was thinking we should stick closer home this time. How about a movie from Nollyhood or a collabo between Hollywood and Nollyhood say like “Half of a Yellow Sun”? I know it isn’t a recent movie but in view of the recent happenings with the pro Biafra agitations, I thought we should watch the movie and remind ourselves of all the reasons why a war isn’t such a great idea.
“Half of a Yellow Sun” is a Nigerian Historical fiction film directed by Biyi Bandele and based on the novel of the same name by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, whose first novel Purple Hibiscus was awarded the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book (2005) while “Half of a Yellow Sun” received the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction. The film is a love story that follows the lifes of two sisters who are caught up in the outbreak of the Nigerian Civil War.
It stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose, Genevieve Nnaji, Onyeka Owenu, OC Ukeje and John Boyegba. The movie was shot in Tinapa Studio, Calabar and Creek Town, Nigeria. Major challenge encountered during shooting had to do with several members of the cast becoming ill from typhoid and malaria fevers including Thandie Newton. So sorry oyibo people! Naija people are already used to these fevers that it hardly bothers us anymore.
Critics are of the opinion that the movie didn’t recreate the emotions of the book but creates its own and while giving credit for amazing sets, actors and music ,they also believe that the characters lack depth. Maybe some characters weren’t properly defined but I agree that the actors did a splendid job especially Chiwetel Ejiofor (Odenigbo) who gave a convincing performance of a typical Igbo man for a foreigner . I could barely hear his foreign accent. The sisters Olanna (Thandie Newton) and Kainene (Anika Noni Rose) were a bit of a distraction for me with their accents. Didn’t understand why they had one if they had only studied abroad for their higher education except they grew up there. And I also think the love scenes were a tad overboard for the Nigerian market. However I wish the producers had painted a more graphic picture of the fighting; shown scenes of the great suffering Igbo refugees went through and the atrocities committed by both Nigerian and Biafran soldiers during the war. Apart for a few scenes of the refugee camp there wasn’t really much to show the pain and losses encountered during the war. I wasn’t born during the Nigerian Civil War, thank God… (Hey relax! Before some of you will start calculating my age)… but I’ve heard stories from people who were. The stories of hiding in the bush, feeding on lizards, rats, the atmosphere of fear and death, always being on the run, having your wedding interrupted by bombs falling from the sky. And the general conclusion is, nobody wants to go through it, ever again.
So for the agitators of succession, please think hard before you do anything to jeopardize our nation’s peace and for the Federal Government, please don’t add fuel to already smoldering flames. Why keep a man in prison indefinitely without bail when he isn’t Nelson Mandela? Sometimes our very actions give life to an otherwise hopeless cause. Word for the wise.
Please do watch the movie if you haven’t and as usual let Jollyhood know what you think. On a brighter note, we have a lucky winner from yesterday’s post. And the first person to send in her list of five favourite horror movies is… Cassandra. Yay! Found your list curious Cassandra, Dusk to Dawn 2 and Child’s Play 1? Those movies didn’t scare me, although I knew some people who refused to have dolls after watching Child’s Play. For me it was exactly that… a child’s play. Thanks all the same for sending your list and congrats on being our proud winner of one free “Ekan” ticket.
Don’t forget folks that we have a date this weekend, Sunday the 6th of December by 5pm to see “Ekan”, the Stage Musical Production happening at David’s Christian Centre, Amuwo Odofin. The proceeds from the play are to feed a 2000 families this Christmas, so call these numbers 08028356363 or 08077714411 to buy your tickets and feed a family or more. That’s it for this Weekend Blues. Till next time folks, remember don’t stop watching the movies.