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Jude Martin’s Review of Omoni Oboli’s film ‘Okafor’s Law’

Jude Martins

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Okay! So finally, the legal battle took a swerve when Justice Ibrahim Buba lifted his ban on the exhibition of the film. I happened to witness the heat firsthand, but won’t go into details of all that, as I deem it unnecessary in the context of what I am to write. However, we can validate the fact that bad publicity is indeed good publicity.

This was evident in how the awareness of the film practically doubled after the 24th of March when unpaid social media platforms publicised the court ban on the exhibition of Okafor’s Law. Many people indeed got to know about its scheduled release date from those posts. Fingers crossed, film lovers were anxious to know the big deal about the film that attracted such huge a controversy.

Little wonder why the large turnout in its opening weekend. Noteworthy is the frustration felt by cinema goers who got stranded on its release day, after hearing that the film was yet to arrive at some cinemas (due to the confiscation of the first copies en route cinemas; following the court order).

Enough said about all that, let’s dive into details;

The film  tells the story of a young man who had a bet with his two bosom friends over proving a law known as Okafor’s Law. This holds that once a man has had sex with a woman and did it remarkably well (such that she enjoyed it), he could have sex with her again irrespective of the circumstances of their break up or of the woman’s status when they later meet.

In the experimental process he falls in love with one of the women chosen as a specimen and the flow goes sore. The film’s genre can be classified as romance and drama.

I will spell out my parameters for review;
– Cinematography
– Casting
– Scripting
– Plot

Cinematography
I have seen the film three (3) times on three (3) different cinema screens (One being the IMAX at Filmhouse Lekki). The picture and sound quality was great. The editing was near perfect with an exception of a quirky sound I heard repeatedly at the middle of the film. At the beginning (where Blossom jogged on Lekki bridge), the attempt to balance His voice volume over MI’s Chairman song did not come out perfectly, however it was not alien to Nollywood’s standards. But for the pictures to appear as sharp as they did on the IMAX screen (despite not being mastered as an IMAX content), I can say kudos to the editor. The drone aerial shots were also fantastic sights to behold. On cinematography it is 8/10 for me.

Casting
The cast selection was near perfect. I only had a little challenge with Halima Abubakar’s mechanical approach to her first scene. It was so obvious she had a hard time memorizing that part of the script and synchronizing spoken words with body language. The rest of the acts did justice to their roles; my best being Gabriel Afolayan. He nailed every part of it; covering up for a few of Ken Eric’s predictable “nwa teacher” approach to his dialogues.
Next to Gabriel for me was Blossom. I particularly fell in love with the speaking in tongues and the “Sister Ejiro…” after the sex. Then, the maestro himself – RMD killing it as the “full area…” in his confrontation with Chuks. Generally, I will give the casting a 7/10. The declines will be attributed to a few hiccups with Halima Abubakar and KemiLala’ Akindoju. Please someone should give her a more serious role next time – to allow her an opportunity to prove she is not overrated.

Scripting
When Omoni Oboli said she wrote the script, I chose to see the movie first before concluding. This is because I saw The First Lady and Wives on Strike and from them, I can say a lot about her prowess. I don’t really think that the dialogues of the Okafor’s Law script I saw, were the best for such a story. However, Omoni is undoubtedly getting better by the day.
She just needs to put it more reality into her dialogues. I believe the smoothness of the movie should be attributed to the cast and not the dialogues. A less professional crew would have messed it up big time…. All the same I celebrate Omoni Oboli. At scripting, I will say 6/10.

Plot (Spoiler alert)
We all know that the story is an everyday one – Guys in da hood betting that a click member can’t do girl(s) and the guy takes steps to prove them wrong. However, Omoni made it special by aligning the everyday plot with Okafor’s Law – that I consider a brilliant approach. Everything went smoothly, except placing Ejiro’s reaction to Chuks on his way to meet up with Ify (Chief Omeni’s Wife) – before her call to him on wedding plans. That was definitely not super.

Also why did Tomi have to meet them at the end where Chuks went to test his wedding suit? That simply insinuated that she was right to infer at first that Ejiro wanted her out of the way, so that Chuks would be hers…

Anyway, generally speaking, it was a good way to plot an everyday story; the projectile flow is worth applauding. The film succeeded in proving box office worthy through scenes that were quiet entertaining. Kudos Omoni! – 7/10.

Our film industry is fast evolving and things are getting really better; Okafor’s Law happens to be a big proof of that. So if you haven’t seen it, go grab your tickets and let me know what you think.

Jude Martins – Jude is a gifted writer, film critique and a public relations expert. His passion to articulate ideas date way back to his escapades as a young teenager; publishing His first article at age 13. He is committed to utilizing his prowess to inform, educate, inspire and communicate positivity to the society on topics relating to Entertainment, Politics and Inspirational thoughts. Jude is a Chartered Manager of the Nigeria Institute of Management and works with a Cinema in Lagos as an Operations Manager.JUDE MARTINSEmail – [email protected]Tel - +234 (0) 8186671693, +234 (0) 8037332373

15 Comments

  1. Authentic Sunshine

    April 6, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Seems fair and balanced.

  2. Okafor's Law

    April 6, 2017 at 8:44 am

    You think the sound is great? That is just enough reason why I can’t trust this review.

  3. John Matilda

    April 6, 2017 at 8:54 am

    After watching being Mrs elliot I told myself I was never going to watch any oboli’s film, this might actually be the deal breaker especially for RMD to be on it

    • Zanel

      April 6, 2017 at 9:08 am

      I think been Mrs elliot was a lot better. This was a let down. I thought omoni had gone past this level. Too basic, nothing in the plot it seemed like those old nollywood movies.
      I think the scenes with RMD were the only things that gave me life….generally the warri scenes.
      Otherwise, the movie was flat.

  4. mio

    April 6, 2017 at 9:12 am

    @john… Did you see WIves on strike! So dry….couldn’t finish the movie.
    I hope she improved on this one.

    • Baymax

      April 6, 2017 at 9:54 am

      Chai. You must really have a low sense of humour if you found Wives on Strike dry.

    • Ebika

      April 6, 2017 at 11:49 am

      Nah. I disagree with you. Wives on Strike was a comic movie with great content. Little wonder, i saw it three times.

  5. Xplorenollywood.com

    April 6, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Yeah, really balanced and fair! Cinemas, here i come! Nice one Jude.

  6. Baymax

    April 6, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Personally, Blossom was the best actor for me, then RMD. Their scene was the best part. AREA!!!
    Omoni played Ejiro perfectly.
    Gabriel was hilarious and did well in trying to be ibo (his character was ibo).
    Halima was unnecessary.
    The only person that disappointed me was Toyin. She couldn’t play the successful career woman well. The only part where she shined was when she lost her temper and spoke in yoruba.
    Kemi lala was under utilized.
    I liked the way the film ended. Toyin coming in. I laughed imagining the huge drama that would have resulted. Ejiro na mad girl.

    If the film was truly Omoni’s film, then kudos. A good job well done.

  7. Ebika

    April 6, 2017 at 11:47 am

    I certainly do not agree with this review. I have seen some of Omoni’s Movies and I can categorically state that this movie isn’t worth the hype.

  8. Fifi

    April 6, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Ill wait for it on africa magic when im bored, first Nigeria movie i watched in the cinema was Wedding party next would be Isoken i cant wait ?

  9. yummymummycumchick

    April 6, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    no big deal. Gabriel made it awesome thou. others just basic

  10. Ezegbu Lisa

    April 6, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Yea the movie was great but the plot had something missing. Tomi coming in at the end wasn’t necessary. Then the parts where omoni became a stalker gave hopes of a sizzling plot but it ended drily. She now turned out to be the object of his love. Really though? The story could have gone better than this.

  11. Lill

    April 7, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    I know she’s doing great for the movie industry but her hype is too much. Allow the viewers rate you. Not when you over hype at the end the movie it’s not what we were expecting. Now nollywood story line is wedding, relationship and marriage. But I can’t wait to see Isoken ?

  12. NR

    April 14, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Love all the Isoken mentions in the comments, glad to see I’m not the only one counting the seconds.

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