These releases weren't as great as everyone made them out to be.
From “A Trip to Jamaica” to “On the Real,” check out 2016 productions that were all about the hype.
Despite being the highest grossing Nollywood movie of the year and surprisingly landing multiple AMVCA nominations, "A Trip to Jamaica" is a mediocre comedy movie which has lots of jokes falling flat - jokes that make it unexciting to watch.
Watching "A Trip to Jamaica" was like sitting through a boring reunion where you found everyone and everything annoying, but still sit through, hoping to find a connect. Unfortunately, the connect doesn’t come. Not from the cast, not from the story, and certainly not from its few funny scenes.
Despite the pre-release buzz that came with “Rumour Has It,” the web series is a relatable script that comes off as an adaptation of true life events. It is a badly written script that dragged on for nine episodes what could have ended in a single episode.
The web series stars Uru Eke as a popular and successful celebrity blogger who finds herself at the center of a scandal. Her husband of barely two years, whom she has been in love with since she was 18, gets his side chick pregnant. The news leaks on the internet and she finds out about it at the same time as the whole world.
Whatever intrigue and plot twists that "Rumour has it" sets out to dish is ruined by its weighed-down script and average acting skills.
Definitely the most over-hyped series of the year, “On the Real” made its debut with a beautiful cast, underwhelming plot, and dreadful interpretation. It revolves around six friends with all forms of issues thrown into a reality TV, while managing their vices and keeping secrets.
After weeks of "drama" aimed at capturing the audience, "On the Real" came to an end with an episode, which does nothing to make the draggy season exhilarating. It would return for a second season and every movie lover hopes the show utilizes its talented cast.
There are a lot of enticing things about “The Grudge.” It is star-studded, It has Odunlade Adekola who is a huge enticement on his own, it is also Funmi Holder’s debut as a producer and there should always be something refreshing about a new talent. However, the movie fails to deliver.
In the drama, the lives of two lovelorn spouses from separate marriages and a lonely window intersect as they struggle to deal with a grudge that has festered for so long. With a basic acting, dull script, average interpretation, “The Grudge” is a prove that not all movies deserve a cinema outing.
Not every filmmaker should try comedy, and Lancelot Imasuen is without doubt one of them. The filmmaker who has been associated with great films including “Adesuwa,” “Invasion 1897,” “A Private Storm” among others, took a step back with the supposed comedy movie “ATM.”