Although there are budget constraints and marketing costs, the film industry is aware of the need to bring in as many viewers as possible.
The quality of the films have improved, and the storyline is different now. There’s now a wide variety of stories and we’ve said sort of said goodbye to most of the wicked mother-in-laws, black magic and stereotypes.
It's obvious Nigerian filmmakers are aware of the tastes of their audiences.
This year, 2016 saw movie releases from several different genres - some interesting, some rather disappointing.
In the past, especially when the Asaba films were the kings of the film industry it seemed as though many of the films had no plot; this is because they were telling so many stories in one and trying to pass across many messages. We’ve grown past all of that now.
“In 2016, some Nollywood directors took risks, went for a different and more complex stories, and made great films”, said Chidumga Izuzu, Pulse Nigeria’s Movies and TV Senior Correspondent.
If your excuse in the past for not watching Nigerian films was because of having to deal with a lengthy feature film with a multi-faceted story line, I’d like to encourage you to start watching once again.
Although there are budget constraints and marketing costs, the film industry is aware of the need to bring in as many viewers as possible and as such research is done as to what sort of stories will appeal to their audiences.
If you are into history, I’ll recommend “93 Days”. In this movie based on true events, Steve Gukas presents historic gripping documentation of the deadly disease starting from the day the day the Ebola virus came into Nigeria to the day the country was declared Ebola-free. The movie itself is a well researched documentary is a redefining moment of Nigerian cinema.
Meanwhile for those interested in Nigeria’s history, “76” despite being fiction provides some insight into this.
Omoni Oboli’s “Wives On Strike” will get you laughing as it uses humour to pass across clear messages against under age marriages. While many have said “A Trip To Jamaica” starring AY, wasn’t as funny as his award-winning movie “30 Days in Atlanta”, still there’s an audience for his film as he successfully grossed over 80 million naira within 10 days of its release.
The genres of mystery and suspense was well covered with Kunle Afolayan's film “The CEO” and “The Arbitration”. 2016 kicked off with the perfect romantic thriller titled “Beyond Blood” starring Kehinde Bankole.
The films mentioned above sparked several conversations not just defined by their genres but also by the themes, and interpretation of characters. It was clear the directors were challenged with creating fresh, engaging content for their specific audience. With the constant evolution of the industry, our movie recommendations are differentiated by genre, plot, themes and more.