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Tha Revue: Hilary ‘The Maveriq’ Ajodo Reviews #IsokenTheMovie

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

Directed By: Jadesola Osiberu
Producer: Jadesola Osiberu
Main Cast: Dakore Akande, Joseph Benjamin, Marc Rhys, Funke Akindele, Damilola Adegbite, Lydia Forson, Tina Mba and Patrick Doyle
Release Date: June 16, 2017
Genre: Drama/Romance

Isoken revolves around the titular character (Dakore Akande), an ambitious and very successful career woman. The only snag is that she is 34 and her overbearing mother is on her case to settle down. Isoken is therefore torn between a proper Naija husband material (Joseph Benjamin) and a goofy Oyibo boy (Marc Rhys).

There has been a lot of hype about Isoken especially since the international premiere of the movie and now I see why. The movie was indeed a mighty fine movie. What particularly endeared me was the simple and basic plot which was easy to follow and not overly complicated.

The storytelling was decent and appealing and brought to life by some really good acting especially by Dakore and Mark Rhys. Dakore’s character was so relatable that after a while, you start seeing her as Isoken rather than Dakore. Mark’s cockiness and goofy nature were charming and really cute and that swayed the audience to his side. I was also impressed with Funke Akindele and Nedu who attempted to be a “posh”, but expectedly, it didn’t take long before their respective inner Jenifa and Nedu revealed themselves.

Other than the acting I must specifically note that the technical aspects of the movie making were top notch. The colouring was marvellous and the camera work was superb. I especially liked the way they transited between scenes. Another commendable aspect was the soundtrack – they used really appropriate Naija songs which aided with the overall feel of the scenes.

The only thing I found a soupçon underwhelming was the conflict resolution which seemed a little too easy because I expected some serious resistance and confrontation but I guess the movie had to be resolved somehow. I don’t want to give much away but there seemed to be a loose end with one of Isoken’s suitors and I am curious to see what came of him.

Before I go, let me drop some advice to the fellas out there. I understand when you are worried that one rich fine boy is circling around your babe because those ones can collect man’s babe one hand, but you see that stupid boy that makes her laugh? The one she calls “big head”? That’s the guy you should assassinate.

Anyways, I am really proud of this movie because of its simplicity and beauty fitting for local and international audiences and I do recommend it to everyone especially the Nollywood doubters.

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22 Comments

  1. Ralz

    June 22, 2017 at 11:29 am

    I regret anytime I go to the cinema and watch a Nigeria movie but this one was exceptional . I enjoyed it and didnt wish I had used my money to buy suya instead.

    • Bleed Blue

      June 22, 2017 at 4:03 pm

      Me too! Loved it so much, I’m going again tonight!

      Only snag was how the mouths of live singers (Bemyoda and Falana) didn’t go with their signing…it was kinda odd….other than that, I loved it!!! Such a heart warming story, nothing too deep but certainly a feel good movie.

  2. Thatgidigirl

    June 22, 2017 at 11:40 am

    This movie was FANTASTIC! At the beginning i thought it was a chic flick but as it progressed, i realised that even the guys in the theatre could identify with it too. i laughed, cried, ooohed and aaaaahed. My favourite character was the MFM aunt and her anointing oil, her role was really short but perfectly executed. This was waaaaaaay better than The wedding party with all the hype. It was so believable, isoken’s apartment was everything! …….i could go on…..

    • Me

      June 22, 2017 at 12:02 pm

      Nobody is comparing it to the wedding party. Don’t throw shades. Both movies are totally fantastic.

    • Puzzles

      June 22, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      I prefer The Wedding Party to Isoken.

      Yes, Isoken is applicable in our society. Isoken went through what i’m currently going through (without the overbearing mother, the really nice apartment and hot suitors, lol), loved the white guy and Isoken’s family are hilarious characters. However, i didn’t enjoy the film as much as i thought i would.

      I guess i enjoyed Wedding Party more because i didn’t expect to enjoy it so much. I think i expected too much from Isoken though.

      The review though is good.

  3. anon

    June 22, 2017 at 11:57 am

    I looveeeeeeeeeeeed it! everyone in the theatre i”m sure was expecting a lot and they were quite satisfied. I’m so proud of Nigerian movies. they have exhibited tremendous growth and as such, i will contribute my quota in growing the industry by going to see the movies in the cinema. I mean 1k + drink isn’t asking for too much. Congrats to Dakore and the crew.

    • anon

      June 22, 2017 at 11:58 am

      also no need to take away anything from wedding party, hopefully movies just keep getting better. fifty was good, wedding party was better, isoken is awesome, the Nigerian consumer keeps winning IMO 🙂

  4. #JustSaying

    June 22, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    This movie was so goooood. I was more fulfilled stepping out of the theater than I was after Wedding Party. Sorry to compare but I just had to lol. Average hype, super duper film > Loud ass hype, average film. #JustSaying

  5. Fabulous

    June 22, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Maybe I was the only one who left the cinema underwhelmed.

    • nana

      June 22, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      lool same here… too many characters not a detailed story line

    • Puzzles

      June 22, 2017 at 1:51 pm

      That’s exactly how i felt. The desire to watch it a second time is not there, unlike The Wedding Party that i went to watch twice.

      However, i’ve noticed that i don’t have the desire to buy the DVD of The Wedding Party but when the DVD of Isoken comes out, i will buy it. In fact, i think every single nigerian lady should watch Isoken. It highlights the importance of not settling for less and not ignoring serious personality flaws.

  6. me

    June 22, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Wedding party over is open any day anytime..isoken is a nice movie no doubt but I’ll choose wedding party over it.

  7. me

    June 22, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Wedding party over isoken any day anytime..isoken is a nice movie no doubt but I’ll choose wedding party over it.

  8. meah

    June 22, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    This was a good movie. so good, I’m planning to go see it a second time. clean, relatable plot that was neatly executed. Kudos to everyone involved in making this movie.

    P:S: Who knows where I can find Mark Rhys?? epp a sister, please!

    P:P:S: @ the Reveau/Reviewer, writing a review that was solely about the movie was not that hard, was it??

  9. Patty boo

    June 22, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    I never go to the cinema to watch an American movie, I can always download them ( dats wat i always tell myslf) my bf sef don tire for me for the matter.
    I’m not really a fan of movies buf its a good nigerian movie with a positive review I find myself at the cinema.
    Isoken here I come.

  10. help

    June 22, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    pls oh where can people who don’t live in NIgeria watch these movies that are out on cinemas in NIgeria, i know Wedding Party is on Youtube and just a very small handful on netflix, ibaka,iroko is only mary remmy and co, where can we find these other good quality ones?
    Thank you for your kind assistance ;o)

  11. BigJoy

    June 22, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Isoken was the truth mehn! i had to sneak out of work on friday afternoon , just so i could watch it by noon. i was impressed. Simple storyline, relate-able, music score was on point; i loved that they used apt naija music and it did justice to the scenes that they played in. Also styling. My goodness all the ladies looked like gold through out the movie, even Dakores shirt n jeans in the shot in marina and Broad street, fantastic.

    Damilola Attoh nee Adegbite is quite a refined lady, i really like the way she carries herself and she looked stunning in the movie also. Finally that Joseph Benjamin’s bachelor pad looked hmmmmmmphhh! i need the interior decorators number. I looooved eeet. i m so extra so i ll just leave.

    Thumbs up to Jade, i can see why BOI backed you on this. Very nice..

  12. Chinedu

    June 22, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    This ain’t a review. It’s a narrative essay.

    • MurdaSheWrote

      June 22, 2017 at 8:44 pm

      I couldn’t agree more. He/She just narrated the damn movie. Where’s the constructive criticism? Where are his/her thoughts on the monologues, mood, character focus, sequences etc. I’m sorry to say once again, we hardly have professionals in this country. Everybody does everything haphazardly. Including BN with their poor editing. Everyone is mediocre, no quality control, no standards. That’s why the government is useless and in turn, the economy is a big hot mess. Sorry for ranting and going off I just watched the damn news and saw how much we are being led by mediocre fools and devils in this country.

  13. Jane(the real Jane)

    June 22, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Nice movie….the white guy was soooo sweet…I really felt the connection

  14. C- nai

    June 22, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    I stopped reading when he said the camera work was top notch .

    Lets discuss the colour chart of the film . This was conflicting . It seemed like the production design and the camera guy had two different script . The production design was colour full and bright which was ohm, considering that it is a romantic comedy . But the cinematography was DArK , like i am watching a horror film .
    It was mostly out of focus and the focus pull was distracting .

    The editing had minor glitches on it .

    The story was good and the acting by Dahoro and mark was brilliant . They need to scold the cinematographer .

  15. Letty

    June 23, 2017 at 11:05 am

    50 the movie was way too overhyped and i literally couldn’t stand it. The wedding party was neither here nor there a bit better than fifty. I’m not into these contrived movies trying to mimic what they think happens in the west especially America. After being in America for decades i don’t have a stomach or appetite for these wannabe movies. Please give me my village chiwetalu agu, bruno iwuoha movies and I am good to go they are more believable and deeper than these Lekki movies.

    Side note…nigerians have nailed interior decorating..I can tell from comments that the houses must have been nice in the movie.

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