Sodas & Popcorn – Movie Review: Alan Poza


Director: Charles Novia |Screenplay: Charles Novia | Stars: OC Ukeje, Beverly Naya, Okey Uzoeshi, and Norbert Young.

Synopsis
ALAN POZA‘ is a hilarious romantic youth comedy which dwells on the sexcapades of ALAN POZA, a young music label executive who searches for some emotional stability in a sector full of temptations and test of wills!

The Script
Captioned as a ‘Romantic Comedy’, the script didn’t fail to depict that. I didn’t expect as much as I got seeing this movie. I went in with low expectations (make that very low when I put the name of the movie into consideration) But I came out impressed. Even in the presence of some clichéd and lifted dialogues(which I feel was deliberate) I actually did laugh a lot.

One aspect that got to me was the little scenes that were put in just for the fun of it. Scenes that just made you forget about the whole point of the movie for a minute or two. Nollywood movies do that a lot. If scenes aren’t relevant in a movie, there is no reason for it to be in there, even if you are trying to fill time and meet the projected target.

Alan Poza is a well written story but…(there is always a ‘but’ in a Nollywood movie) the script did have some loopholes. Like the whole emotional rave Alan was in. It was just too sudden in my opinion. In a nutshell though, it was nicely written. I would probably see it again, but most likely not in theaters of course.

The Directing
When the list of notable Nollywood directors is being put out, Charles Novia’s name can’t be missed out. He has made a couple of memorable movies, freshest in my memory being ‘Caught In The Middle’, a good movie which featured Femi Brainard, RMD and Dakore Egbuson. The directing of Alan Poza was good, not best but I loved the angle Mr. Charles and his filming crew most especially Cinematographer Uzodinma Okpechi took. The lighting was well done; even though most of the movie was shot during the day, the lighting of the sets were still skillfully carried out. The sound design wasn’t bad at all either. But (there’s another but) I really didn’t enjoy the use of voice overs in the movie for the singer Kiki who presumably had a good voice but they chose to lip-sync her performance which wasn’t balanced to me. Nevertheless, if you overlook these little technicalities and focus on the moving collage of pixelated images, it is worth your time AND your money.

The Acting
THIS was my favorite bit of the whole movie. It pretty much beat the script. All the acts most notably O.C Ukeje who got an NEA(Nigerian Entertainment Awards) nomination and an eventual win did justice to their roles. If O.C Ukeje keeps up with his choice of scripts and movies, he might very well become the Nollywood version of Daniel Day Lewis. Beverly Naya, Okey Uzoeshi, Norbert Young even Charles Novia brought his own thing on set which was a hilarious bit I must say.

Okey Uzoeshi for example has obviously improved since we last saw him in the Blessing Effiom Egbe written and Teco Benson directed and not-so-impressive ‘Two Brides And A Baby’. Nobert Young is a Nollywood veteran so nothing short of a good performance is expected from him. Beverly Naya brought her A-game to the set too.

Together as an entire team, their chemistry wasn’t perfect but it was enjoyable and their characters were hilarious.

The Verdict
Popcorn and Hotdog from us.

Sodas & Popcorn Rating3
‘Why, you may ask? Because every once in a while, a Nollywood movie comes along and tries to put the acting, directing and story all in sync and this largely succeeds but  Alan Poza could have been better with the story telling.

Go see this one folks. It’s one of the very few Nollywood flicks that’s worth it.

Think otherwise? Feel free to leave your comments.

The Ratings
Traffic Popcorn-1/5
Popcorn & Water-2/5
Popcorn & Hotdog-3/5
Popcorn & Soda-4/5
Popcorn, Soda & Hotdog-5/5
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12 Comments on Sodas & Popcorn – Movie Review: Alan Poza
  • nene October 16, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    i have a feeling this movie will be boring. has anyone seen it apart from the reviewer? and OC ukeje doesn’t do it for me. he’s a good actor but his face and acting in films doesn’t draw me in unfortunately.

  • Eshy October 16, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Seen the trailer,did like it. But see me thinking it was
    out on dvd,abi it’s? Please reply Sodas&Popcorn.

    • Sodas & Popcorn
      Sodas & Popcorn October 16, 2013 at 8:42 pm

      No it isn’t out on dvd. It is still showing in theaters…you can choose select days to go see it in cinemas when it is cheaper and affordable. Check all the cinema websites for the closest to you and more details

  • Gistyinka Blog October 16, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Just seeing OC Ukeje thrilled me to watch the movie later..
    http://www.gistyinka.net

  • iba October 16, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Okay o. so much rave about this OC guy. I cant wait to see a movie he stars in

  • chioma October 16, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    How oh how does this girl ever get roles. She is the most
    stiff and worse actress I ever watched, but I guess with that
    British accent she gets a pass as much as she sucks as an actress.
    Please for once be honest with actors and actresses who cannot act
    maybe if u are honest they will improve. My goodness

    • juliana October 16, 2013 at 11:36 pm

      well, nollywood has worse and worser actresses,singers,entertainers than Bev, they still get paid. The problem here is we are a nation of Mediocrity justsaying (slightly off course, i know)

  • neis October 17, 2013 at 12:37 am

    Hi I like to write for bella naija! I’m a creative writer but I dnt know how I can get to your team! God bless u.

  • Mama Mia!!! October 17, 2013 at 1:40 am

    Lovelorn has to be the worst movie I have seen so far… Just had to chip that in…

  • trufactoid October 17, 2013 at 9:32 am

    One man’s meat is another man’s poison. someone watched this movie over the weekend and hated it but you are giving it a passable mark. I will wait for dvd

  • A.A October 18, 2013 at 6:07 am

    its pure torture watching beverly act, pure torture. HORRIBLE ACTING

  • Lies! December 4, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    This movie was horrible. I just wasted N500! I watched it on dobox.tv
    OC Ukeje, was not fit for the role at all. His role was a player and he does not look it or act it at all. The casting was horrible. And please is this Bev girl going to say she does not have a Nigerian accent? The fact that you lived in the UK all your life does not mean you can’t have a Nigerian accent, I did and I have both British and Nigerian accent. If I want to watch a British movie, I expect to hear the British accent and not in Nigerian movies. We need to change our mindsets regarding accents and embrace our accents, that is what makes our accent unique from others among many other things. The movie did not cut it for me at all.

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