Is Genevieve Nnaji's 'Road to Yesterday' worth the hype and anticipation? [Review]

Those looking for a film with depth will find something to like here. But movie lovers looking forward to an everyday predictable Nollywood film will be left disappointed.

After a very long absence from our screens, Nollywood actress Genevieve Nnaji is back with the movie which has her doubling as the lead actress and co-producer.

Her fans are excited, and every movie lover has saved the date November 27, 2015, but, does it warrant all the hype, the breathless anticipation and excitement? I’m saying a big YES!

We still have a couple of weeks to wait before the movie reaches theaters in Nigeria, but last night, Tuesday, October 27, 2015, ‘Road to Yesterday’ held its media screening, and I wasn’t disappointed one bit.

You must have heard the cliché saying ‘my movie is different. It’s nothing like what you’ve seen before’ over and over, but indeed, Nnaji’s movie is truly different in a unique  way, and nothing like your usual everyday kind of Nollywood films. It’s deep and unpredictable.

Those looking for a film with depth will  find something to like here. But movie lovers looking forward to something normal will be left disappointed.

A modern day love story, the movie tells the story of a couple Victoria and Izu (Played by Nigerian-British actor, Oris Erhuerho and Genevieve Nnaji), desperate to mend their marriage on a road trip to a relative’s funeral.

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Erhuerho was the perfect choice for the character Izu. Without trying too hard, he balanced being a cool husband, and an angry heartbroken one.

Nnaji has always had an effortless sense of acting. With the right emotions, the actress arguably brought to life the character Victoria, a troubled wife and mother.

Chioma Chigirl Omeruah was the perfect supporting actress and comic relief. Everything time she came on screen, even without speaking, she had viewers forgetting how intense and serious and a little bit slow things seemed.

Majid Michel played his part as the flirty cousin of Chigirl, and of course he was perfect. Despite the fact that he appeared in less than five scenes, he left an impression (as usual).

From Meg Otanwa to Deyemi Okanlawon, Bolanle Ninalowo, Ebele Okaro and the rest, the casting was perfect.

I love the fact that the movie told an interesting story with few people and less noise.

Director Ishaya Bakodid an impressive and intelligent job at guiding the crew to bring to life the beautiful story.  I’m so interested in seeing more of his works.

The issue I have with the movie is that it dragged for quite a long time, and took time to develop. For at least 25 minutes of its running time, the movie viewers wondered where they were headed to.

But once the drama kicked off, and story began to develop, I immediately forgot that  I had sat in the hall listening to Genevieve say "we need to talk" at least 10 times in 20 minutes.

The movie also lacked the perfect soundtrack to keep viewers entertained, which made the first 20 minutes of movie, much more boring and slow.

Despite the fact that the movie told a large part of its story with flashbacks in a way that could have been confusing at a point, it still found a way to hold the attention of viewers.

The story is one relatable one. Every family has a story, and ‘Road to Yesterday’ explores one of those numerous stories.

What do I love most about the movie? That would be the last 20 minutes of the movie. It left me open-mouthed with its twist.

The twist in ‘Road to Yesterday’ is everything. If the movie had ended any other way, it would have destroyed the originality and beauty of the story.

Yes… We can say Nnaji is back, and she chose to make an exciting and spectacular comeback.

‘Road to Yesterday’ passes with flying colors, and I’m recommending the movie for all movie lovers who yearn for a better Nollywood.

Directed byBako, Story is by Genevieve Nnaji, who also serves as executive producer alongside Chinny Onwugbenu.

'Road to Yesterday' premieres in Nigeria cinemas on November 27, 2015.

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