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Tha Revue: Hilary ‘The Maveriq’ Ajodo Reviews Nollywood Film ‘Alakada Reloaded’

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HilaryThe MaveriqAjodo of tharevue.com (pronounced “the review dot com”) Nigeria’s premier movie review resource for local and foreign movies reviews Nollywood movie Alakada Reloaded.

Producer: Toyin Abraham
Main Cast: Toyin Abraham, Odunlade Adekola, Kehinde Bankole, Woli Arole, Nedu, Helen Paul, Lilian Esoro, Annie Idibia, Lala Akindoju and Gabriel Afolayan.
Genre: Comedy/Drama
Release Date: May 26, 2017

Alakada Reloaded follows the adventure of Yetunde Animashaun (Toyin Abraham) who pretends to be from a well to do family but her lies always come back to haunt her and come to a head when she is invited on a reality TV show along with other housemates.

Apparently, I am late to the Yetunde adventure as there have been about 3 movies about this character but better late than never, right? Because I had no background on the movie or its character(s), I went into the cinema blind and totally didn’t expect that the actors largely spoke in the Yoruba language. If like me you don’t speak Yoruba, don’t worry, the subtitles will help you and moreover, the actions of the crazy Yetunde don’t need any translation for you to decipher.

Toyin Abraham was at her craziest best making a total fool of herself and judging by the laughs at the cinema, people were really getting the kick out of it. Although some of the jokes were lost in translation, I could still follow and in all honesty, they weren’t particularly spectacular. The jokes were clichéd and were borderline juvenile, similar to the lies we told in secondary school about how our father own 2 tigers and 20 cars…but apparently, we still find those kinds of jokes funny.

Even though I am biased because I am not a fan of movies about semi-illiterate people make a fool of themselves for our amusement (like Akpos and Jenifa) the sheer number of celebs featured like Ali Baba, Odunlade (the legendary meme), Helen Paul and even Ebiye, should make this movie appeal to a really wide audience.

Candidly, I didn’t understand where the movie was going as it just seemed to stretch aimlessly with Yetunde kept getting herself into a bind. I couldn’t see the plot direction or how the conflict (if any) was going to be resolved because quite frankly there wasn’t any real conflict or plot. It took me a while to realise that the plot was actually that – a wandering voyage of laughs.

Anyway, fans of the Alakada franchise will enjoy this movie and if you like Funke Akindele’s Jenifa or AY’s Akpos, this movie is definitely down your street.

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27 Comments

  1. Dum

    May 29, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Just like you couldn’t decipher what the movie is about, I couldn’t understand your review either. No constructive criticism or praise…..just a whole bunch of nothing

    • amen joy

      May 30, 2017 at 10:49 am

      OMG you spoke my mind

    • Lacey

      June 2, 2017 at 6:36 pm

      I am not a fan of Jenifa, I watched 30 days in Atlanta in flight and really I am not fan of Nollywood as well!!! Although I watched 50 and was forced to watch the wedding party. I watch Yoruba movies more because you learn of cultural and deep spiritual things!!!I would say , you should have gone to watch Alakada 1 & 2 , to at least have a baseline for your criticism!!! What you just did is maul the movie!!! What you have done is very bad! Like Trump would say!!!I plan to go see it though!!!

  2. Lols

    May 29, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    What kind of dead review is this???

  3. Spunky

    May 29, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Get down from your high horse and do a proper review. No, I haven’t seen the movie( won’t be watching either.) However, this is a diss and very condescending style of appraising ones effort.

  4. Fabulous

    May 29, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    I have been waiting for this review, for so long. Judging from the trailer of this movie, I don’t think I’ll be watching it at the cinema.

  5. No Headaches Please

    May 29, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    Your 3rd to the last paragraph is simply Stupid to put it very politely.

    Are you giving a review or casually stating your opinion?

    Was Toyin the only person who had speaking parts in the film?
    How was the dialogue of the other characters? If there was any dialogue at all???
    Setting? Were all scenes shot in Nigeria or is this another Lagos – Dubai – India-Lagos movie?
    Camera Quality?
    How did the movie end?
    Do you see there being another series?
    Were the ‘subtitles ‘ on point or did it add to the comic effect.
    Back to the number one question here : Do you know what a review is???

    If you don’t, sit your skank-wannabee-bougee-and-failing-woefully-at-it – ass somewhere and LEARN!!!

    Rubbish.

  6. lizzy

    May 29, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    common don’ t be silly. This review is damn right stupid and an attempt to rubbish some one else’s hard work, I saw the movie and the whole cinema hall was reeling with laughter for 90% of the scenes… it was a pretty relatable comedy for the intended audience and i am positive most people will have value for their money!

  7. Pamela

    May 30, 2017 at 3:19 am

    Madam review, did you have a headache when you typed this nonsense? Why didn’t you take panadol na? Get outta ma face!

  8. Taleen

    May 30, 2017 at 6:12 am

    Dead AF!

    N.a. so u dull reach…your review is a Big Disgrace to whoever invented the word review.

    Olodo Rabata!

  9. Ogus

    May 30, 2017 at 8:15 am

    u guys are busy criticizing the reviewers thought on the movie rather than expressing your views about the movie.Nice Job tharevue.

  10. Dami

    May 30, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Saw the movie last weekend. Brilliant review. Totally agree with you.

  11. BigJoy

    May 30, 2017 at 8:25 am

    I agree with the reviewer mostly as i didnt stay till half the movie before i walked out, i couldn’t understand where the movie was headed, with different scenes jumping up n down. i was totally upset watching it and i understand yoruba, so it wasnt a language thing. This review was nice to say the least, i would have scored it below below average especially because of the quality of actors that were in the movie

    That said, this line “Anyways, fans of the Alakada franchise will enjoy this movie and if you like Funke Akindele’s Jenifa or AY’s Akpos, this movie is definitely down your street” was totally uncalled for, it comes off as a tad standoffish. i enjoy a good laugh of Jenifa and Akpos and i totally hated Alakada (stop the sterotype)

    If you wish to see it however, i suggest you wait for the Cds to flood the market, Not particularly spectacular. XOXO

  12. jumbo

    May 30, 2017 at 8:45 am

    I will for Africa Magic to show it, might be a long wait but its not that serious…….next please

  13. yummymummycumchick

    May 30, 2017 at 9:32 am

    too many crowd at the cinema …………………. and the movie no precise story line , but it was ok…. nothing much .. but i felt no need for the sequel. it should have just stop at the part2 . but i respect Toyin’s Hustle…………..

  14. Jeez!

    May 30, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Why so mad boo? It’s called a R-e-V-I-e-w…of course it’s expected to have a level of subjectivity and the reviewer is clearly entitled to have an opinion. You can chose to respond by either watching the movie or totally keep it moving but there’s no need to spew all that negativity. As for me, I find Toyin Abraham hilarious but I’ll patiently wait for this one on Dstv.

    • Jeez!

      May 30, 2017 at 2:42 pm

      @No headaches please

    • No Headaches Please

      May 30, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      ‘Negativity’? What’s that? People are giving their’ ‘opinion’ . They’re ‘clearly entitled’ to it too remember?

      A R. E. V. I. E. W, for public consumption, should remain OBJECTIVE. And yes, you can even praise or condemn and still be objective.

      A R. E. V. I. E. W and an opinion are two different things.(Are we actually talking about this in 2017? gawd) An opinion could be 6 paragraphs of utter hogwash, not intended to convey anything. (familiar? ) A R. E. V. I. E. W is totally different.

      By all means give your opinion in a R. E. V. I. E. W, but it’s not about you, it’s about the movie. Gerrit?? ?

      I can’t sit down for 12 seconds to watch Sci-fi. But if must do a REVIEW, trust that I’m going to give it my MOST objective assessment. Not condescending, wishy washy, vague tripe.
      If you want my OPINION on Sci-fi, loll I can give it to you in 3 words.

      I’m not a fan of Miss Abraham and no I had (and still have) no plans to watch the movie in the cinema or on my screen. I can also give you my opinion of Nollywood in 3 words.

      I just see no reason why one should justify mediocre writing, except of course, one is stupid.

    • No Headaches Please

      May 30, 2017 at 5:44 pm

      @Jeez

      No mad ‘boo’.

      Don’t be reaching. Not with me.

      You have an ‘opinion’.

      I have mine.

      You stay on your lane.

      I stay on mine.

      Clear enough?

      ‘Cus I can’t get any more basic than this,at least not with words.

      *@BN I typed a pretty long response earlier. I see you’ve used it to wipe that place again. It’s ok. This is pretty short. Put it up if you feel like.

  15. MurderSheWrote

    May 30, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Hilary had a golden chance to sell her movie review website “tha revue” (LOL) but just shot herself in the foot. What would a little bit of research have cost? Nigeria thrives on mediocrity. Everything everyone does in this country is average. From online retailers to all the commercial banks to makeup artists to the wack public office holders and everyone in between, nobody does checks and balances so, the entire nation is ROGUE! God save us.

  16. Mr X

    May 30, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    …and Mr X says this….. Its seemed you had a glass of strong gin when typing this review abi errorview. Yes you need to do more research around your craft. Yes, Alakaada wasnt all that spectacular! i rate it 45%. I went to see it with my GF but she clearly was irritated because it seemed not to have a storyline. just bunch of funny actors and skit makers trying too hard to be funny. We need to go above average please! NollyWood seems not to care about quality or storyline anymore…

  17. shaday

    May 30, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    Revue, here’s a proper movie review that was written by one of us, Bobosteke, https://www.bellanaija.com/2017/05/bobosteke-much-ado-wedding-party/
    that’s how to do a review, sweetheart. This here is a fail even worse than the movie you tried reviewing… you get… ? Like a bad coach critiquing an average footballer. Wouldn’t stop me from watching though.

  18. Queen

    May 30, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    I can bet all those hating on the reviewer are all Yoruba’s. Lol. There is nothing wrong with the review .plus he is entitled to his own opinion. Its either you say urs or waka pass. Awon elewa

  19. Fabulous

    May 31, 2017 at 8:18 am

    There’s absolutely nothing wrong with this review.

  20. Aa

    May 31, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Hei y didn’t I come here before going to waste my time & incure headache from that movie yesterday. Too much shouting, disjointed stor(ies). Even kehinde & Lilian my favs that used to act so well were all shouting. Choi that director u wicked sha

  21. marvel

    May 31, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    the movie was wacked jor..

  22. Kim

    June 5, 2017 at 1:50 am

    I regretted paying to see the movie. No story line and no new lesson to Learn. Part1 &2 were more interesting…

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