By Isabella Akinseye
Toyin Abraham’s highly anticipated movie, ‘Alakada Relaoded 2’ follows the story of Yetunde Animashaun, a young lady who desires to rise above her poverty stricken background and make it big in the city by any means possible. She is a ‘wannabe’ and tries to fake it till she makes it.
- Laughs. This is the film’s biggest selling point – it is funny. Expect to laugh for different reasons. Many times, it is because of writer, producer, director and star of the movie, Toyin Abraham, you’re either laughing with her or at her. Her energy, dialogue and facial expressions take you back to the theatre as a lot of the movement is over exaggerated. Odunlade Adekola, Gabriel Afolayan and Comedian Ebiye are also very entertaining in their comedic performances.
- Star wattage. The film boasts of a mix of stars from Nollywood’s English and Yoruba speaking industries as well as comedians. The movie features Odunlade Adekola, Helen Paul, Gabriel Afolayan, Ali Baba, Peteru, Woli Arole, Iyabo Ojo, Lala Akindoju, Kehinde Bankole, Lilian Esoro, Annie Idibia and Comedian Ebiye.
- Story. Or the lack of a storyline is the biggest miss of the movie. There are unnecessary sub-plots and back stories which it seems are only in the movie for laughs and to lengthen the duration. The movie is very heavy on dialogue and moves very quickly between different scenes making it sometimes very hard to follow. A lot more work should have been done in the area of character development and continuity.
- Directing. The actors are just left to their own devices to perform as they please. In such a star studded movie, it is expected that the director finds a way to harness the star power of each actor so they complement each other not compete against each other. Perhaps, writing, directing, producing and starring in the movie did not give Abraham enough time to step back and look at the project dispassionately.
- Editing. The movie would have greatly benefitted from the deft hand of an editor as a lot of the scenes that made the final cut had no business being there. The movie drags and picks up at the different time making the pacing very inconsistent.
- Casting. Not everybody needed to be in the movie. While it may be a good marketing strategy to get fans of different stars to the cinema, it ended up working to the detriment of the film. Toyin Abraham had the potential to carry the film on her own with a slimmer support cast just the way Funke Akindele owned ‘Jenifa.’ Sadly, the movie became a free for all for both established and up and coming actors.
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