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The King is Mine

The King is Mine

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The King Is Mine ~ 2009 
Story – Abdul Salam Mumuni
Screenplay – Abdul Salam Mumuni
Director – Frank Rajah Arase
Producer – Abdul Salam Mumuni
A Venus Films Production

Starring :
Jackie Appiah – Rose
Nadia Buari – Louisa
John Dumelo – King Duala
Kofi Adjorlolo – Agyemang
Kalsum Sinari – Esther
Eddie Nartey – Justice
Amanorbei Opoku Boakye –
Eve Asare – Cecilia
Luckie E Lawson – Queen Serwa
Helen Asante – Sandy
Omar de 1st – Clint
Roger Quartey – Messenger
Moses Lamptey – Boateng

Themes:
Royalty
Sibling Rivalry
Jealousy

My Rating – 39%

The King has chosen Rose to be his new bride, despite the fact that she already hs a fiance. It is a love triangle in that while the King is after Rose, Rose’s sister Louise is after him. Louise is bitter that the King chose her sister when she was the one that firstly expressed interest in him. When it becomes apparent that the Prince has no interest in her whatsoever the already fraught relationship between the sisters reaches breaking point. Although Rose is at first reluctant to begin a relationship with the King she eventually relents, dumping her fiance and seemingly really falling in love. This relationship with the King is soon in jeapoardy at the hands of her jealous and vengeful sister.

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Here I am going to list all the questions I had while watching this movie, since I had so many:

Why do Jackie’s eyes keep changing colour? Not only is she Rainbow Brite in her dressing, but now her eyes too?

We see the King handing Jackie a Cerruti 1881 box with a piece of jewellery in it. They may have been founded in 1881 but they sure didn’t have boxes like that in 1881! The modern day jewellery does not seem to go with the olden day set. So when on earth is the movie supposed to be set?

The shakespearian language used would suggest it is set in olden times but then if in fact the movie is set in modern times as the jewellery would suggest then why wouldn’t the King just to a DNA test on Jackie’s baby once it was born?

The digital camera used in the movie by the maid to photograph Louisa and Justice further adds to the cunfusion as to when the movie is supposed to be set. So when is the movie supposed to be set I ask?

Queen Serwa tries to persuade the king to save their so called “loving marriage” but what kind of love or affection have we seen between them? In fact there is no chemistry between them and we never even see him speak fondly of her.

Why can’t Queen Serwa be sent away? She was not born into royalty so shouldn’t the King have a say on who should and shouldn’t be his wife?

The King went to all lengths to make Lousia his after growing bored with Rose so why does he not even want to make love to her to the extent that she says she has to force him? After he is forced he is angry with her and himself… WTF?

Louisa begs her brother Justice to impregnate her. I was inceredulous. At this point I am thinking, naaa that can’t be her brother, maybe I got something wrong somewhere, until I hear him say, “this is incest.” They are about to get busy in order for him to impregnate her and she starts kissing him softly. Er why would she be doing all that if he is just trying to impregnate her? Even prostitutes generally don’t kiss. It is supposed to be a means to an end so whats up with all the romancing?

Rose is walking around the place constantly tap tap tapping her wig. Why didn’t Jackie just take the darn thing off and have a good itch instead of doing all that during filming?

Why would Rose have a kid for the King with no marriage? Wasn’t the whole point that she become his wife?

At the end of the movie Louisa is rolling around on the dirt floor wearing a sack dress about to be executed and what do we see on her head but a brand new looking shiny Louis Vuitton scarf? What was that about? It looks so misplaced.

The bit where Louisa stabs herself did not make any sense to me. Wasn’t she just saying how much she wanted to live and begging for her life to be spared? As she is about to be saved she stabs herself and with the knife in her manages to give this whole eloquent speech on pity. Nonsense.

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I would not recommend the movie. I did however enjoy the soundtrack and recognised the the voice of the guy singing from some of their other movies. It is not as fast paced or dramatic and Frank and Abdul’s other offerings which added to the poor execution and stiff feel makes it quite an uninteresting watch. It it watchable only if you are interested in carrying out a spot the absurdity exercise.

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The Dons in Town

The Dons in Town

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The Dons in Town ~ 2009
(Also known as Pirates of the Night)
Story – Christopher Ozoemena
Screeenplay – Phil Efe
Director – Moses Ebere

Starring:
Prince David Osei – Bernard (also credited as Justin)
Gavivina Tamakloe – Lord Boka
Majid Michel – Hakeem
John Dumelo – Mike
Amanorbea Opoku Boakye – Akorfa
Abieku Segoe – Chief Titus
Eddie Coffie – Pastor James
Brenda Osei Bonsu – Stacey
Eve Asare – Chrystal
William Opare – ASP
Rukaya Mashood – Eve
Eddie Afram Owusu – Landlord
Louis Saah-Acquahman – Akwesi
Roger Quartey – Desmond
Moses Lamptey – Mr Addo

Themes:
Poverty
Chronic Unemployment
419
Greed
Charms

My Rating – 60%

Hakeem is a graduate with a 1st class degree in Computer Science. Three years after graduation he has not found a job and lives off his girlfriend Evelyn. The big dreams that he had before graduation have not materialised and things come to a head when he catches his girlfriend Evelyn in bed with her boss in the house that they live in together. In a fit of rage after she seems so nonchalant about her wicked act he attempts strangling her. He is imprisoned because of this and only freed after his mother offers a bribe after selling family heirlooms.

One day Hakeem is out drinking when his wallet is stolen. The shopkeeper is infuriated and demanding payment, believing that Hakeem is trying to rip him off. The argument between the two spills out onto the road and it is here that Hakeem comes across his old friend Mike who comes to his rescue by paying his bill.

Mike tries to persuade Hakeem into join his 419 crew. Hakeem stands his ground and refuses on that day but later relents. He has a rethink when his mother’s house is ransacked for goods by the landlord in return for debt that his mother has owed for 2 years. His manhood is insulted by the fact that this man could come and treat his mother like that and curse out his non working status in the process. He has reached breaking point and takes the initiative to reach out to Mike.

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First thing is first. Let me take a deep breath. I think I am in love with John Dumelo. I get the same feeling when I see him on screen that I used to get with Nonso. Brutha is fi-ya!
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What sort of fool was Evelyn? You just got caught with a next man and you are telling your man,

“I wasn’t expecting you this early… Stop running around wearing this betrayed look.”

Eiwoooo! She didn’t even have the decency to rendezvous in a hotel and then she is giving back chat! The chick that played Evelyn, Rukaya Mashood was a baaaaad actress. Not bad as in good but bad as in awful. Not the worse I’ve seen, lemme not call names before the offended start flooding my blog, but pretty low down on the totem pole in terms of a convincing performance.

The actress that played Stacey, Brenda Osei Bonsu was pretty good, I don’t remember seeing her before. The only thing I had a problem with was the way her accent kept changing. Did anyone else notice how her accent changed at the end of Part 1. It went extremely British all of a sudden and from there it would switch from scene to scene. Weird! Why didn’t anyone tell her to stay in character? I wonder ooo!
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From fast paced and engaging the movie got a bit boring for me in Part 2. It turned into being about this whole spiritual battle. The dons go to have a spiritual bath to protect their 419 business. What arrant nonsense? We see how chronic employment can affect the mind of young men. We see the change from the beginning of the movie where the men were talking about legit jobs to the greed that consumes them to the extent that they speak about 419 as though it is a legit business. After a 4.5 million jackpot after fleecing a mugu, Mike is talking about taking the “business” to the next level.

A big peeve that I had with this movie was that there were too may pointless scenes. Minutes upon minutes showing us thinking scenes and shopping scenes. Three long ass shopping scenes in one movie is too much. We get that the dons now have money. WE GET IT! WE GET IT WE GET IT!!!
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The movie was for the most part enjoyable to watch (most of all part 1.) On top of that you have my two major eye candies of the moment Majid and John starring together. Does it get better than that? At the end of the movie I saw The End of the Dons in Town advertised, and so the movie continues. On the trailer shown we see the dons getting super extravagant. No doubt there will be a big fall to come. I think a continuation is going to be too much more of the same so I don’t think I will be bothering with that. Nevertheless I would recommend this movie.

Girls Collection

Girls Collection

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Girls Collection ~ 2009
(Girls Connection ~ 2008)
Story – Abdul Salam Mumuni
Screenplay – Tchidi Chikere
Director – Tchidi Chikere

Starring:
Yvonne Nelson – Imelda
Vicky Zugah – Mabel
Beverly Afaglo – Doris
Nana Ama McBrown – Vanessa
Kofi Adjorlolo – Prince Daramola
Irene Opara – Madam Joy
Gavivina Tamakloe – Mr Frederick
Eddie Nartey – Casmir
William Opare – Silas
Roger Quartey – Frank
Eve Asare – Cutie
Elizera Ofori – Cleopatra
Ingrid E Alabi – Jennifer
Mumi E Botchey – Araba
Nii Saka Brown – Douglas
Diana Ghartey – Araba Maame
Simon P Tettevi – Bulus
Jackson K Adam – Thomas
Ish Thompson – Bala
Sandra Asare – Reception
Prince Osei – Dr Cliff
Tchidi Chikere – Ted
Omar De 1st – Bruce

Themes:
Prostitution
Poverty

My Rating – 72%

This movie tells the tale of different girl’s and their lives in prostitution. The girls live in a huge house with Madam Joy who “arranges” rich and influential men for them. We see the story surrounding each girl and how they fell into the game as well as the consequences suffered as a result of the lifestyle.

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The Prince’s Bride

The Prince’s Bride

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The Prince’s Bride ~ 2009
Story – Abdul Salam Mumuni
Screenplay – Frank Rajah Arase, Pascal Amanfo
Director – Frank Rajah Arase

Starring:
Yvonne Nelson – Solange
Jackie Appiah – Bernice
John Dumelo – Akila
Kalsoume Sinare – Mami
Gavivina Tamakloe – Owusu
Beverly Afaglo – Navida
Ingrid Elizabeth Alabi – Kalisha
Sika Da Diva – Nina
Roger Quartey – Kasim
Jessica Baah – Georgina
Soraya Mensah – Alicia
Eddie Coffie – Dr Kay
Louis Saah-Acquahman – Roger
Timothy Benthum – Fred
Emmy Akah – Brutus
Sylvester Tetteh – Obstacle
Joseph Baddoo – Obstacle
Fred Nuamah – Steve
Peter Pierre Korshie – Dr Alex
Ken Fiati – Male Mc
Adriana Addo – Female Mc

Themes:
Royalty
Jealousy
Spirit World
Death

My Rating 80%

Solange falls for the Prince heir to the throne of Mazuland after he takes her to the hospital following running her over with his car in the street. At first Solange thinks that he is an ordinary guy and verbally attacks him for knocking her down. She accuses him of attempted murder and then asks him in the hospital,

“Are you a drunk?”

This all changes when she finds out that he is a prince. Her behaviour changes; She is bowled over and wants his contact details to right her wrongs. The Prince does not seem enthused and in the meantime falls in love with his late father’s best friend’s daughter Kalisha. On the day that he is to propose to her he finds out that she is betrothed to another. He is heartbroken but soon makes it his mission to replace that love with another.

It appears that he is going to choose Solange to love. He sends her a gift and then invites her out on a date, only to see Bernice, who was accompanying Solange to meet the Prince, and become completely besotted with her. Solange is understandably upset and embarrassed at the interest he is showing her friend, but tries to keep a brave face. It is when he turns up at the house that they share, the next day on Bernice’s birthday with a brand new car wrapped in a ribbon that Solange completely falls apart and plans to win back the Prince by any means necessary.

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I thought the movie opened well. A car crash is a sure fire way to catch someone’s attention. It had heavy impact and had me gripped straight away. Yvonne gets better and better each time I see her. Loved her performance as the woman scorned. I really felt for her when the Prince dumped her. I could feel her devastation and desperation even more when just before the prince was about to marry Bernice she declares her undying love for him. It is here that we find out that she engineered the accident at the start of the movie in an attempt to lure him.

I’m loving the new guy John Dumelo. I haven’t come across him before, but he is a nice piece of eye candy and a natural actor. Yaaaaay! He badly reminds me of Yul Edochie in his expressions and mannerisms. Jackie really showed her chops when she was playing the spirit version of her self. She did really well. The spirit scenes were reminiscent of My Everlasting Love with Oge Okoye and Rukky Sanda.
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WHY’s
Why now it has been decided to move on and to Bey’s sister Solange? What is up with that? Why leave out Matthew and Tina… may as well have the whole family involved

Why did Solange turn up to her date with the Prince wearing her Tiara and sash from her victory as Miss Legon Campus. Even if you were Miss World, how would you turn up to a date with your tiara and sash let alone you won one local uni beauty paegeant? Nonsense!

Why when the Prince came back with Solange’s laptop did they decide to do a close up of Yvonne’s hairy legs laying on the couch. Was that supposed to look sexy?

Why when Bernice’s eye got gouged out did they have her holding some fake googly eyes in her hands like they were popped out of her head? That was soooooo stooooooopid!!!

Why did Yvonne tell the hitman, “She’s my best friend I don’t want her dead. Why don’t you just make her blind and paralysed.” YEAH! Some friend you are!

Why the introduction of the girl Alicia that could see spirits? I thought she was meant to be Kalesha’s child but then she was too old. After the scene in the shop we don’t see her again, so what was the point of her?
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Overall I really liked this movie. There was a good mix of intrigue, suspense and drama. There were subplots and they all came together nicely. The timeline was a little messed up with Akila marrying Alicia’s daughter. She looked at least twenty and they said only 11 years had passed, so tops she should have been only 13, but luckily this cock up doesn’t happen to until the end so its not too distressing. This movie teaches us that what goes around will surely come around. Solange forced Bernice,  her friend out of the beauty pageant that Bernice would have probably won by hiring thugs kidnap her sister. In return the Prince picked her friend instead of her as a bride, and even after killing her friend he still had no desire for her, thus karma was revisited upon her. One to watch I say! Nollywood Production Watch Nigerian African Movies Movie Reviews Review Lagos Idumota