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Efeturi Doghudje: Top 6 Movie Trailers That Translated to Must-See Movies

Efeturi Doghudje

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When I started reviewing Nigerian movies exactly 3 years ago (yep I’m 3 years and excited) many of my friends felt I something had really gone wrong with me.

I spent time, in fact in the early days, I spent a whole month plus watching nothing else but Nigerian movies and at the end I felt brain dead and lacking some semblance of intelligence.

However, before anyone gets interested in a movie though, there are those elements that viewers are exposed to that gets them expectant or excited, to want to see the movie. It can either be a good trailer or a creative poster (don’t mean the Ruth Kadir kind).

Times have changed though. Back in the day, our trailers consisted of that Igbo actor can’t remember his name and Segun Arinze, either shouting us down or scaring us shitless into watching the movies and ending with blah, blah, blah Ebimpejo Lane or somewhere else in Aba. Now you see some of these trailers and then see the movies and wonder, erm… director/scriptwriter, do you think we are stupid?  But slowly, things are getting better and improvement can be noticed in the stories, plot and delivery.

Recently, some Nollywood trailers have stepped up, conveying everything to get you excited for a film. With the dawn of YouTube, number of views and comments received, one can tell that people are genuinely interested in seeing your movie or would not make the effort at all. There are obviously the trailers that make you want to slap yourself for wasting your data, but today is not for those trailers.

I present to you, the top 6 movie trailers for half year 2016 that translated to nice movies

Gidi Blues
From the director that brings us ‘Tinsel’ comes this romantic comedy. While I might be tired of the series, the movie is the only Nigerian rom-com that has been released. With only 1,990 views, the trailer gave more of a dramatic side than comedy, but from the lines, you could tell it was in the right direction. With great acting and fluidity from Gideon Okeke, the trailer (which was shorter than 2 minutes) tried in featuring those aspects that would get us talking and drive us to see the movie. It was okay to watch and also featured the likes of Hauwa Allahbura, and Nancy Isime –  upcoming actresses that I would love to see again.

Suru L’ere
With 10,785 views (this doesn’t mean they watched the full movie though), Suru L’ere one of the anticipated movies of 2016, was highly expected. The movie was the second from the award winning duo of Mildred Okwo and Rita Dominic and featured an array of stars, which included Beverly Naya, Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju, Eyinna Nwigwe and Seun Ajayi. The trailer captured correctly the funny moments and once I watched the movie translated nicely. It didn’t score high points in my review though, as lines didn’t elicit any funny reactions; but it did make for good viewing.

Couple of Days
From FilmOne Distribution had a total of 20,693 views a good feat for a relatively new director in the person of Tolu ‘Lord’ Tanner. Couple of Days had a very energetic cast with the new school Nollywood stars in the persons of Enyinna Nwigwe, Lilian Esoro, Adesua Etomi, Ademola Adedoyin, Kiki Omeili and Okey Uzoeshi.  Initially I thought it would model American movie ‘Couples Retreat’ which was extremely funny, but still had it underlining message, however, there was no such luck. Packed with more drama than comedy, the trailer struck an emotion and the feeling of what really happens with young couples when they tie the knot, is everything truly fine and dandy with them? With good lines, cinematography and great aerial and close up shots, the movie did justice to its trailer, did it transcend expectations, hmmmm….

Remember Me
Uru Eke’s debut attempt at producing earns her a spot on this trailer count down. With only 4, 650 views though, nothing prepared me for what I was going to see in this movie; and with the trailer, I was wowed. Even though my initial thought was, another Nollywood actress, moving to production when she hasn’t completed horned her craft, I kind of bit my lip when watching the movie. Directed by Izu Ojukwu with story by Uru Eke and screenplay by Onyinye Egenti. Remember Me was good to watch, outrightly spooky and delivered to its story of accountability and transparency through citizen engagement, a subject not really touched in our movies. For a first timer, both trailer and movie delivered to its story.

The CEO
Another anticipated movie of 2016, The CEO trailer from Kunle Afolayan had all the markings of a wonderful movie – espionage, psychotic thriller, an underlining meaning and great music. With 35,729 views, 288 likes and 5 dislikes, the trailer got me edged up for the movie, so much so I went for the premiere. Written by Tunde Babatola (A match made in Nollywood heaven) and starring Angelique Kiddo, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Wale Ojo, Fatym Layachi, Nico Panagio, Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju, and Hilda Dokubo, The CEO trailer was a masterpiece, with story premise and strong actor delivery and did every bit of justice to the production.

Wives on Strike
Omoni Oboli’s 3rd feature movie, as triple threat (writer, producer and director)! The trailer was comical and hilarious and this totally came through in the movie. With over 53,000 views, 254 likes and 11 dislikes the movie which has grossed over 6omillion in ticketing sales couldn’t have come at a better time. Using comedy to drive home a critical issue in our country was sheer brilliance. Featuring the likes of Ufuoma McDermont, Chioma Akpotha, Uche Jumbo, Omoni Oboli, Kenneth Okonkwo and Julius Agwu, from production, quality to sound and the story line (copied or not), Wives on Strike trailer shone through for the movie and holds the number one spot for top trailers that translated to good movies.

What do you think of these trailers? Is there any movie trailer you feel I have left out?

Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Efeturi is an ardent lover of movies and currently the publisher of www.xplorenollywood.com a Nigerian film critic site that reviews everything Nollywood with the aim of strengthening the Nigerian Movie Industry. She hopes to use her platform to stir the industry in the right direction and has taken steps to ensure that her reviews are fun, entertaining and punchy without avoiding the main issues which is to have world-class productions in Nigeria.You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram on @Xplorenollywood and listen to her live on 92.3 Inspiration FM every Saturday at 9pm.

12 Comments

  1. Naijatalk

    August 3, 2016 at 3:52 am

    Hi Efeturi,
    Regarding the movies, I’m afraid I have no opinion to offer as I have seen none. However I would like to commend you for your work. I faintly remember when you started and I guess I’m just really glad for you lady behind xplorenollywood. Cheers.

    • De Duchess

      August 3, 2016 at 8:19 am

      Hi Efeturi,

      I agree with NaijaTalk’s comment. You are doing a really nice job. I started visiting the blog this year though and I enjoy the reviews.
      I also enjoy the different articles you people upload on the blog.
      The blog does not just serve Nollywood, it serves everything that is entertaining.

      Keep it up! Happy 3 years!

      I enjoyed Gidi Blues trailer, I am yet to see it but I will go see the film soon.

      I also think the Ghana Must Go trailer was great.

  2. Janeth

    August 3, 2016 at 6:09 am

    My current no1 New Nolly star Eyinna Nwigwe is in 3 out of 5 yaaay!

  3. Kiiki

    August 3, 2016 at 6:49 am

    I think “Remember Me” , “Couple of Days” and “Gidi Blues* did justice to their movies and vice versa.

  4. Nancy

    August 3, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Nice one.

    I hear that the CEO is not all that, people just hyped it because of the Kunle Afolayan factor. Anyway, I will still go and see it soon.

    Gidi Blues was a great film. Couple of Days was nice. I also think Stalker by Moses Inwang should be added to that list.

    Congrats on your blog. I love the contents you upload on the blog, no hateful reviews, quite engaging and straight to the point.

    Wish you more years.

  5. Gerry

    August 3, 2016 at 10:51 am

    I watch loads of Naija movies as long as it is showing in the cinemas. Taxi Driver was also a brilliant movie! I must say The CEO is a horrible movie. I expected more from Kunle Afolayan. I felt I was watching a sponsored documentary, he had lots of sponsors and he just had to find a way to squeeze them all in. Lala’s acting was horrible and the rest of the actors except for Wale Ojo who was the all in all for me. If you haven’t seen the movie I advise, do not waste your time and money. How I wish I saw Ghost busters instead!

  6. Tosin

    August 3, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Nice feature. When I saw Nollywood and Reviews, I immediately assumed it was The Great Michelle O. Keep doing your thing, y’all.

  7. isaobi

    August 3, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    About Kunle Afolayan’s The CEO . l beg to differ !! I enjoyed the film immensely. People are entitled to their opinions. However how come the critics’ opinion are not in consonant with the ordinary film goers. For instance the Ikeja and Surulere cinemas had to increase the slots for The CEO movie from four to six due to large turnout of interested viewers. My advice : Go and watch the film and judge for yourself. Enough of propaganda !!

  8. Jude

    August 4, 2016 at 2:33 am

    Efe more grease to your elbows! I celebrate xplorenollywood!
    About Nollywood productions – We are sure getting better.

  9. Concerned

    August 4, 2016 at 7:13 am

    Efe, thanks for the reviews. Where can I get the movies to buy? After cinema shows I expect that the public should be able to buy movies to watch at their convenience.

  10. Efeturi Doghudje

    Efeturi Doghudje

    August 4, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Oh my… thank you all for the lovely comments and feedback, where is the tear smiley when you need it!!! It will only get better, shining the spotlight on the industry and getting them to do much better for us the viewers is the end game. Next stop video? Lol…

    @Concerned that is a very valid question, the time between Cinema runs, dvd and vod needs to be shortened but i am guessing the producers need to rake in their profit. Putting on my thinking cap, i will investigate and hopefully post something out on this for you guys. Do have a wonderful rest of the day.

  11. Duvy

    August 5, 2016 at 6:19 am

    Nice one Turi! I am a huge fan. I’ve always wanted to try Nigerian movies , you know, change my perception that it will suck. Hope to see more of your posts up on Bella. I find your blog reviews unbiased , funny and detailed and I check it before watching Naija movies. It’s like having our very own rotten tomatoe site and it always leads me right. Keep it up girl
    #cheeringfromthesidelines

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