Motion Pictures with Chidumga What is your definition of a 'great' film?

Is it the story? Is it the characters? Is it the cinematography? Is it the acting? What makes a good movie for you?

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What makes a good movie? It’s a difficult question that does not possibly have an answer.

Is it the story? Is it the characters? Is it the cinematography? Is it the acting? What makes a movie good? What makes a movie great?

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Official poster for "Falling"

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The judgement of a good movie comes down to preference. For some, a film is branded great based on the calibre of actors in it. For others, it is about the genre, while some others are focused on the story and experience that comes with seeing a particular movie.

There are so many horrible movies with loyal fans who would hear nothing but "that movie is great." There are good movies which a particular audience found hard to grasp its theme, thus they branded it 'average.'

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"It's Her Day" vs "A Trip to Jamaica"

 

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In an age of where most filmmakers concentrate more on picture quality, check out factors that determine a good film for me.

1. A good storytelling can either make or break a film. Hard work put into  dialog, props, lighting, soundtrack, sometimes become irrelevant with a bad story. While a movie doesn't have to focus on morality, a movie should have a theme. What is the director trying to say? What do I leave the cinema with after seeing the movie?

2. A filmmaker usually has two hours to tell his/her audience a story they need to understand, and to convey his thoughts. There is need to be clear, concise, and devoid of over elaboration.

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Oloibiri movie poster

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3. A good movie should be one that leaves me with varied thoughts. A good movie should be capable of evoking emotions. Watching "Oloibiri" and "93 Days" was an experience for me. Despite being based on true life events and stood a chance of being predictable, these movies brought out different emotions.

4. What is worse than sitting through a movie, hoping to find a connect and failing to find one. It doesn't matter if it tells the African story, and adaptation of the "Cinderella" or "Lion King," it should simply be one I can connect with.

The connection could come from the plot or the characters. Characters are one of the most important part of any storytelling. A two-hour-film revolves around the characters. A movie has failed if it doesn't present its audience with at least a character they can connect with.

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Make a Move movie poster

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5. There is also nothing worse than sitting through a confused movie which is yet to decide its genre. There are numerous Nollywood movies which fail to stick to its set out genre. While depth is very much appreciated in movies, there is no need for excess philosophy in a comedy movie. The viewers would be distracted. What is a horror movie without scary moments? Or comedy movie without hilarious scenes? What is a motivational movie with no deep mind-bending scenes? A good movie sticks to its genre.

6. Who else can't stand draggy movies? A movie with lots of deary scenes can be blamed on unnecessary dialogue. Why bore viewers with  a block of dialogue that we can do without? Why spend 10 minuets in a scene with no relevance?

What makes a good movie for you?

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