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Now that you’ve watched Lionheart on Netflix, BNers Share Your Reviews | BellaNaijaShow of hands if you’ve seen Genevieve Nnaji‘s directorial debut “Lionheart” now that it’s out on Netflix.

The reviews on social media have been overwhelmingly positive. Everyone’s raving about the Nigerianness of the movie, how Igbo it is.

People also loved Genevieve’s performance, describing it as understated, subtle. And they say Nkem Owoh was characteristically funny, Pete Edochie a formidable character, and that Kanayo O. Kanayo never falling short of expectation.

Then there was that scene between Peter Okoye and Genevieve.

Anyway. What did you think about the movie? Who was just “it” for you? What was your favorite scene?

Share your reviews with us.

86 Comments

  1. AdaAda

    January 5, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    Nkem Owoh have a very good performance . In my opinion he was the star of the show. And all the actors tried in their own right. The cinematography was good. The story line was good. I wasn’t crazy about the movie as I felt it was lacking in some areas. A bit too slow for my liking and not so seamless to keep me wanting more . Basically I had no excitement when watching it. I just felt alright. However I appreciate how they showcased the culture and the language of Igbo people. I’m Igbo myself so I really felt in tune with my roots watching it. It’s an ok movie. I think Nigerians are fond of overhyping things. Especially because I think it’s a Genevieve movie and because Netflix bought the movie. In all honesty looking past the sentimentalism it was an ok movie.

    • Hawt Talk

      January 8, 2019 at 6:32 pm

      My opinion of the movie
      PROS
      1. Rich in culture
      2. Female characters depicted true African esthetics
      3. Seeing an intelligent and strong female lead was a breath of fresh air
      4. Unification of Northern and Eastern cultures was inspiring
      5. Collection of Nollywood veterans was brilliant and heartwarming
      6. Great directorial debut for Genevieve

      CONS
      1. Story failed to live up to it’s potential
      2. Predictable outcomes
      3. Dialogues were flat and lacked intrigue
      4. Even Nkem Owoh could not mask the flippant attempt at comic relief

      All in all this was a good look for Nollywood. If Genevieve’s intention was to deviate from the usual regurgitated plot of Nigerian movies she delivered.

  2. Dt

    January 5, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    Beautiful

  3. Shoutmeceleb

    January 5, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    I think this movie have way exceeded expectations. It is Naija first movie to appear on Netflix and it marks an era of progress within the Nollywood industry. I sincerely hope more effort is put into effectively transforming the next generation into a light that announces the pride of our beloved country.

    • Frank

      January 6, 2019 at 12:34 am

      This is not Naija”s first movie to appear on Netflix. There’s been tons of gain a movies on Netflix before this one.

    • Darlington

      January 6, 2019 at 7:56 pm

      It’s the first Netflix original, the first they bought and produced, why it has the Netflix logo on it. Paying attention is one problem we have, if you could not pay attention and ask questions about what a Netflix original is, how will you understand and pay attention watching a film? ?

    • Tester

      January 6, 2019 at 8:48 pm

      It is the first Netflix Original

    • Papillonnoir

      January 6, 2019 at 4:07 pm

      There are several Nigerian movies on Netflix

  4. Jaunty

    January 5, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    I enjoyed this movie, in fact it’s one of my best movie from 2018 till Genny drops another one. Well I’m a fan. Now to the movie, this is a family movie that we all should be proud of, it’s a simple story, no suspense in any sort cos even when the auditors said our “lionheart” is in debt and gave them the 30 days ultimatum, I was at peace cause I was certain we’re not going to lose our “lionheart”
    Production wise, Genny used the best hands in the industry. The costumes were on point. Now to the performances, the very moment Genny appeared to control the mob scene, she took total control of that scene and truly I realized I’ve missed this diva on my screen for a very long time. Then there was Nkem Owoh, a delight to watch. Pete Edochie and Onyeka Onwenu gave us some acting 101 lectures, every cast was just on point. And then there was Jemima Osunde, no over acting at all. Congrats Genevieve Nnaji, I long to see more from you and your team.

  5. Anon

    January 5, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    O kan wa ok ni to be honest. Nothing special. Just better than most.

  6. Jummy

    January 5, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    I REALLY liked it. It’s not your cliche nollywood movie where everyone is plotting against the other within the family and trying to upstage each other.

    Instead, it highlights the importance of family (that family stays together through thick and thin) and the values that families should have. The uncle is not trying to poison the dad and inherit the company or chief did not die and his family were fighting for his properties.

    Also, as an Igbo girl who is so out to touch with the culture and language, I loved seeing Enugu and the constant dialogue in “EngIgbo” Of course you can’t go wrong with the proverbs as well. Makes me wish to marry an Igbo man cause I know most of them are very in touch with the language and culture but fear dey catch me around Igbo men lol (story for another day)

    Storyline may have been a bit shallow but that’s what most movies are anyway.

    So long and short, I liked the movie.

    • Olivia Ruth

      January 8, 2019 at 11:49 am

      I think you have been out of touch with Nollywood for a while then because many many many Nigerian movies are no longer about A plotting against B – just thought to point that out…

  7. Marie Antoinette

    January 5, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Kudos to Genevieve on her directorial debut! Nice story line but to be honest, Lionheart was just there, nothing new or fantastic. Nkem Owoh’s character tried to infuse some humour into it, but it’s same old humour from all Nkem Owoh’s characters.

    Peter Okoye and Phyno’s characters were absolutely unnecessary.

    For me it was a 5/10.

    Netflix writing (Hausa) when they spoke Igbo was very upsetting. Didn’t the director watch the Nextflix subtitled version before its release???

  8. akama

    January 5, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    A feel-good movie with some discrepancies; some slight variation of the usual Nollywood formula; Osuofia stole the show, which I guess was Genevieve’s intention? 2.5 stars.

  9. Tamuno

    January 5, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    Honestly from my own point of view. Its another of a movie hype that’s got no message. Just like the wedding party

    • Californiabawlar

      January 6, 2019 at 4:17 am

      Lmao… I think tales by moonlight and tortoise folktales ruined entertainment for most Nigerians ?? Y’all stay look for the moral of the story in Every. Single. Thing. Meanwhile na we dey immoral pass o…. abegi just enjoy a movie for what it is… a movie ?

    • Krave

      January 6, 2019 at 6:07 pm

      The message about girls are equally important to keeping one’s lineage and families sticking together is what I got from this

    • Darlington

      January 6, 2019 at 7:54 pm

      ?, the patriarchy preaching was no message? The do good ish was no message? Stop fraud was no message? Don’t be tribalistic was no message? I can go on ?, now I know what the problem is, it’s not the producers that are the problem, it’s people who watch films and don’t pay attention, ?

    • Kemi

      January 7, 2019 at 2:11 pm

      Thank you. Same thought too

  10. Patrick

    January 5, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    Good actors, liked the tribal unity play, thumbs up for cinematography, nothing intriguing and intricate in the plot, thought it was Chimamanda (feminist queen) playing the lead role.
    I watched it cause my wife made us all watch.
    5 outta 10 stars

  11. Gunnz

    January 5, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    A very bland movie! very predictable and meaningless. It was like say something and saying nothing at the same time. A total waste of time/money…

  12. Honey

    January 5, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    I love Genny’s persona, on line presence, looks etc but mehn shes such a bland actress. 4omins into the movie, I fell asleep. I really wanted it to be a great one but it’s so boring.
    Ps: I had just finished watching YOU when I started lionheart.

    • Honey

      January 5, 2019 at 5:04 pm

      Maybe it will pick up pace. I will continue today.

    • Honey

      January 6, 2019 at 1:46 am

      I finished the movie. Not captivating at all. I can’t think of any unforgettable thing about it, I expected more. That being said, I hope its the beginning of a good thing between Netflix and nollywood . I hear up north will be on Netflix soon

  13. Jennietobbie

    January 5, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    Amazing performance.!!!! Loved it. The actors, the proverbs, the handshake, the red cap, the cowries, the red richness of Enugu”s soil and the perfect drone shot of Kano. Nigerian accent on ? The Igbo language was on point, even though I would have preferred more Igbo lines from Genny. The Hausa language punctuated the beauty of the movie. I’ll rate it 9/10. ????????

  14. FRANK

    January 5, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    Just saw it on Netflix the other day. The fact that I made out time and spent 1hr 34mins shows the movie held my attention (Usually I have an attention of a 5mins span). The casts were great The Legend Pete Edochie delivered as always, Nkem Owoh, Genevieve Nnaji. I usually can’t stand Nigerian movies but they got a few on Netflix which are captivating. Living in the US I like the fact that Netflix now gives you options of watching some good Nigerian movies.

  15. Abi

    January 5, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    I thought it was a waste of my time. The hype was too much and the movie did not meet my expectations. My apologies but I didn’t feel the storyline.

  16. Tony

    January 5, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    Opinions vary but positive reviews? Hahaha things can really be overrated. I will leave it at that. Paid reviews are real these days though.

    • Darlington

      January 6, 2019 at 7:50 pm

      Not everyone works for those people who make movies every Xmas, if Genevieve pays people, they wouldn’t have tried to stop the film from showing, if she pays people, her showing time will be same as others in the few cinemas her film showed in. You guys are the reason they ignore us, anyways, I hope Netflix doesn’t buy another movie coz truth, what Burna Boy said about most Nigerians is true, you deserve the nonsense they’ve been given you guys since. Proud of Genevieve, best movie ever, now go tell MO you failed

  17. Ada

    January 5, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    I enjoyed every minute of the movie!

  18. Marsala

    January 5, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    I loved the movie! Very authentic in and true to our roots. No unnecessary accents and weaves or wigs flying all over the place. The REAL and True Nollywood that out us on the map, is Back! Nkem Owoh stoke the show! This Man is a Comedic genius! Hahahhaha. He buried and nailed his part. Now the only con for me was Peter Okoye’s role. I don’t see his relevance in the movie. And oh, the ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ singing scene with Gen was cringey. No No No. But it’s forgivable. Other than that, I am proud of the movie. Loved Onyeka and Pete’s chemistry. Loved the greetings shared between Nkem and Pete (truly Igbo). And who would have thought that Pete could speak fluent unadulterated Hausa? The casting was on point. It was truly enjoyable. Way better than the charade we’ve come to adopt in Nigerian Cinema. This movie was / is a breath a fresh air. I give is a 4/5.

  19. Ela

    January 5, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    The picture quality was wonderful, story line was very original. It was refreshing.

  20. HANEE

    January 5, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    It’s ok. More like a regular Nigeria movie( have seen Better Nigeria movies tho).
    Genny need to drop these good girl character and do something different. Genny be spontaneous. It doesn’t worth the hype.

    • Me

      January 6, 2019 at 3:00 am

      Have you seen blood sisters?

    • LOL

      January 6, 2019 at 3:56 pm

      And that was what century??? Genny should stop these her posh girl roles and become more diverse. She cast herself, literally as herself!.
      I was bored silly, film was flat and over hyped.

    • Obi

      January 7, 2019 at 2:02 am

      My dear thank you.She’s 2 stiff

  21. HANEE

    January 5, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    Bella post my comment o

  22. Love

    January 6, 2019 at 1:14 am

    Not a great movie. Anyone that says otherwise isnt being honest. Just too boring and lacking in many department for me..

  23. Manny

    January 6, 2019 at 1:24 am

    I loved it

  24. Juliet

    January 6, 2019 at 2:39 am

    Amazing five star

  25. Ajala & Foodie

    January 6, 2019 at 2:59 am

    Ok, maybe I watched a different movie. I made my spouse sign us up for Netflix just to see this movie. I could say more but I will hold off here because i know i am in the minority here. I was disappointed to say the least.

  26. AHausaChickInToronto

    January 6, 2019 at 3:09 am

    Me I really liked the movie oh, all this lukewarm comments… na wa, it’s going to be so hard to please some of ya’ll….. It’s one of the best Nigerian movies i’ve seen; story was good, the message was good, acting was on point, no fake americanah accent, no cheap looking weaves or cap like frontals, the clean/classy fashion and the richness of the Igbo culture inculcated in the movie was amazing. Abeg I really liked the movie, it’s a movie I can unashamedly recommend to my oyinbo coworkers. Well done Genevieve and the entire cast and crew.

    • IgboChickworkingInCanaryWharf

      January 6, 2019 at 4:03 pm

      Babe you hit the nail on the head! You and Marsala. In fact the fact that you, a non- Igbo person understood the richness and appeal of this movie despite the lack of the quintessential over-dramatisation that is the hallmark of EVERY NIGERIAN MOVIE makes me have hope for the future of Nigerian movie. Lol please everyone saying it was boring, I feel you (for reasons I’ll explore below) although to me it was Definitely NOT BORING. This movie was a beautifully put together simple, yet absolutely STUNNING portrayal of Igbo culture in contemporary setting. If any of the people bashing the movie above are Igbo- lol then it is likely they are the sort that have no links in eastern Nigeria, definitely don’t ever visit there and have views (whether rightly or wrongly) of their family members in the east as destiny destroying monsters and so don’t even relate with them. why do I say this? Because how can you not see the elegant simplicity of the dialogue (for example between Onyeka(mother) and Genevieve (daughter) when she rushed into the house to complain about her uncle Nkem Owoh being picked over her) and the absolutely beautiful way it showcases Igbo culture and a very real/authentic moment between a mother and daughter?? Seriously that part was so eerily similar to various conversations I’ve had in my life with aunties, my mother etc that I got goosebumps watching it! Lol but for some of y’all (that maybe only communicate through owambe parties in your house) you would have snored through that part…and wished you were watching wedding party 3! Or how amazingly beautiful Nkem Owoh’s character’s dialogue with genny is the moment when genny’s character finally admits how flawed her plan is and opts for her uncle’s? Did his expression/dialogue at that point even register? Lol if it didn’t register then you probably missed a huge chunk of the central point of the movie.Lol look, we Nigerians will not know subtlety if it hits us in the face. It is only loud brash and crude plots where every emotion is in your face and practically breaking the TV screen that we would like. But I have hope – despite the less than favourable comments here and there – because I see non-Igbos seeing the cultural richness in this movie and recognising it for what it is.

    • Marsala

      January 6, 2019 at 11:38 pm

      Nnem, Igbo Kwenu!!!!! You were spot on!

  27. Ajala & Foodie

    January 6, 2019 at 4:00 am

    The only saving grace was the Uncle. He was hilarious

  28. She

    January 6, 2019 at 4:15 am

    The movie was ok. It was ok. My only issue was that there was no subtitles, so I didn’t enjoy all the igno speaking parts. I must commend her for showcasing her people and Nigeria in good light.
    I mean crazy rich Asians movie did same, showcased Singapore such that you would like to vacay there.

  29. BlizJoan

    January 6, 2019 at 5:24 am

    To be honest, its an original story. I loved the movie. It reminds of the squabble between two big transport companies in Nsukka, Enugu State in 2003 0r 2004. I loved the proverbs used in the movie. The movie is not overhyped.. Its a good movie.!!!!

  30. QueenBee

    January 6, 2019 at 7:06 am

    Noce to watch seasoned actors do their thing!
    I was disappointed that Genevieve produced such a poorly scripted movie. No research done into how transport businesses are run or how mergers are conducted between companies. Also, outsiders will not sit on a MD’s chair in a board meeting. The movie was filled with unbelievable scenes like that. Very poorly scripted movie.

    • Silent observer

      January 7, 2019 at 12:29 am

      Oh my God!! U said the very words on my mind. Aside from the fact that the story didn’t move me much, I wish there was a bit of research done how board meetings are conducted and even how businesses are run. It was strange to note that it took an external auditor to inform the mgt of the existence of huge loan. Even with the plan to opt for a merger, the film lacked the a bit of depth on how it’s conducted in a business world. I mean, it didn’t have to get all technical but at least, it’ll show a bit of subtance to the business story that the producers are trying to tell..

  31. Fortune U

    January 6, 2019 at 8:20 am

    A lot of us expected too much from the movie hence was disappointed. I know the movie was very calm and very different from what we are used to recently. the kissing, sex scenes, scream, flashy makeup, cars, and lies. The movie was well done and understandable, more like a break from all the “immoral act” we have believed to be the standard. In as much as a lot of people indulge in acts like that, there are still traditional people who do not believe in “immoralities”. The movie did not just show us family values and love, it showed us self-respect, professionalism, social relationship, ethnical diversity, spirituality, e.t.c.

    As for the spontaneous part of one of the comments I read earlier, I do not see anything wrong witgh Genny’s way of acting, as a matter of fact, she has always acted a good girl and we love her for that. I enjoyed the movie and have seen it 5 times since it was released.

  32. MissBlogist

    January 6, 2019 at 8:57 am

    Watched this last night.
    The cinematography was to die for! The DP knew exactly what he was doing. The acting was subtle and it is what going forward, Nollywood films need.
    In general, the film lacked direction. Apart from the consistent cinematography, I felt Adaeze wasn’t presented strongly. Meaning the conflict, the central conflict of the film wasn’t strong. Kanayo and the other light skinned competitor guy were not threatening as antagonists. The stakes were not high. Using a day countdown helped but even then, the stakes were not high. Adaeze had no real struggle. Not even an interaction between her and the antagonists. Not one between her and her father. Nothing feminist about the plot. Daddys successful little girl who’s never struggled for anything. And how did she know her uncle was snooping in that room? She left him outside.
    The opening fight scene was the first issue. It wasn’t threatening. It wasn’t even chaotic. Adaeze remained spotless! Not one dirt on her, literally and figuratively. That set up was mediocre to say the least.
    Worst for me was Genevieve Nnaji did NOT want to speak Igbo! She had two lines! It clearly shows the kind of roles she wants to play. Sophisticated.
    That said, this was a personal vehicle for Genevieve. But she needs to step out of her comfort zone and do something drastic. Queen of Katwe charactors or Sarafina type of characters. A character that has many dimensions.
    Hype is good. But you have to prove it, or it dies.

    • Curious

      January 6, 2019 at 12:26 pm

      Wow!!! You should become a professional critic if you aren’t already!!! You are good!!! I am a screenwriter myself…came here to read comments just to get a feel of people’s reactions and what makes a good movie to Nigerians…

    • Darlington

      January 6, 2019 at 7:44 pm

      Genevieve has acted every damn role in nollywood, a prostitute, home wrecker, evil person, twin, name it, what do you mean she wants sophisticated roles? Did you see road to yesterday? Did you see tango with me? She was a teacher. 30 days where she was a thief. Sharon stone, wind of glory where she played a blind girl and more, please, when did you start watching Genevieve? Did you see warriors heart? She was a local champion, cracked, she was a drug addict and more. Jeez, stop hating abeg, her role was perfect, she should be dramatic and over acting abi like most do here, mtschew. That first scene showed normal park tout behavior, especially if you use public transport, it’s what they do, of course, you want her to shout and shout ?. Anyways, stick to movies like, you know them, let me not mention names, and o, the movie was never hyped, never and for once I enjoyed a film where people were not shouting shouting shouting, and overacting. And o, her Igbo was perfect, a movie some of you are complaining of soo much Igbo already ?. Una for say make she do cat woman and what have you, mtschew.

    • akama

      January 6, 2019 at 11:47 pm

      @Darlington I agree that Genevieve has played diverse characters in Nollywood movies, but not recently… she always has the same stoic demeanour, trying not to show emotion or whatever, and let’s be honest, she hardly spoke Igbo in this movie, even the con-artists and her brother who had less than 10 minutes of screen time spoke more Igbo than she did(not that it matters, it just seemed strange). PS: Constructive criticism is not hating!

    • newbie

      January 10, 2019 at 1:13 am

      Chop knuckle jare. She and Joke Silva are easily my best female Nollywood actresses.

    • LOL

      January 6, 2019 at 8:58 pm

      Brilliant spot on review….BN have earlier moderated out my comment which followed your thoughts though not as well put together as yours. I will try again if they like, let them no post for a second to time!
      The film was flat, no ghen-ghen factor. Genny as usual playing the posh girl. She literallly cast herself…as herself! Boring dull and no ooomph. She needs to be more diverse with her roles, you just know she’s gonnna play the cool unruffled chick it’s just too predictable. Never seen her stressed or break a sweat in any of her plots.
      The hype was just too much!

  33. Fidelia

    January 6, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    After the overhype of “The Wedding Party”, which I’ve never been able to watch past 15 minutes, kept dozing off and gave up after 3 tries, I’m reluctant watching any overhyped Nigerian movie. Also the fact that a friend who watched it gave it a 3 over 10, hasn’t exactly encouraged me. However we are grateful for the stepping stone Netflix has provided for Nollywood, I hope they take full advantage of it by improving the quality of the movies churned out.

  34. Bijoux

    January 6, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    I liked the movie. It was very Igbo and I loved it. Loved all the actors too. That being said, it wasn’t exciting enough. I guess I’m used to seeing lots of weaves, make up and fake accent. With none of this on display, it felt kinda weird. Osoufia is just a legend. He’s so hilarious without even trying.

    Ps- Yaaayyyy, my igbo is getting better. I was able to understand the movie without subtitles?????

  35. Nnenne

    January 6, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    A must watch movie for me. I will watch it even if it takes me one year.

  36. Tatafo!

    January 6, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    I loved the simplicity of the storyline. It really allowed me to enjoy the rich cultural scenes, like everyone said- the Igbo and Hausa that was spoken, loved that it wasn’t set in Lagos because there is more to Nigeria than Lagos, the wardrobe was on point. This was a beautifully done movie.

  37. anony

    January 6, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    I couldnt finish the movie..i got bored halfway..it lacked any form of captivation. Osuaofia played his role well. Genevieve is a stereotype actor, she needs to do play other characters. In my opinion, she has become very predicatble and boring

  38. Spunky

    January 6, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    I had to signup up with Netflix just to see this movie and I was impressed. The movie was “soft” and captivating…Just right. If it were a song, i’d say she hit the right note. As much as everyone is entitled to their opinion, I will reference ” California bawlar” and hope you soak in the moment and enjoy a feel good movie. Great work Vieve!!!

  39. Spunky

    January 6, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    I had to signup up with Netflix just to see this movie and I was impressed. The movie was “soft” and captivating…Just right. If it were a song, i’d say she hit the right note. As much as everyone is entitled to their opinion, I will reference ” California bawlar” and hope you soak in the moment and enjoy a feel good movie. Great work.

  40. Grace Maungu

    January 6, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    I’m Kenyan and I loved the movie! The best nollywood film ever! So good that I’m hosting a watch party?

    • Marsala

      January 6, 2019 at 11:41 pm

      Yaaaaaaay! Grace, sounds fun! Nollywoood is back!

  41. Darlington

    January 6, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    Ahn, it was amazing, amazing amazing. Simple but damn, the acting, the cast, the crew, jeez. No over acting, over screaming. It was star studded but made sense. I loved how she didn’t focus on her. Then my God, I learnt a lot, a whole lot. Two heads are better than one, try a new pitch and approach, do good coz you don’t know tomorrow, it’s a small world , God doesn’t give you what you cant handle etc. And Kano is beautiful OOOOO, Enugu too. The best movie for me from nollywood, and ah, no over stretching. This our Genevieve sha, the thing wey she sabi ehn, ?. She tackled a lot without ruffling feathers, patriarchy, preached feminism and still said, even though she’s a feminist, men and women can work together, women can lead, make their money and more, and Nkem Owoh ? was awesome, I felt he was faking but damn, lots to say about what the movie preached, even tribalism, fraud, how it’s bad for our image and all, leave. People who didn’t like it did not pay attention or are just haters,?, they should stick to that daddy kind of film. See LionHeart if you haven’t, lots to talk about, is it how they preached unity, how we could achieve a lot even though we come from different tribes, have, spoke the languages, haaaaa . She really did an amazing job, not your regular Nigerian film but then, Genevieve is not regular ?. 15 over 10 for me. Proud of Nigeria

  42. Darlington

    January 6, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    I forgot how the comedy flew siriri werere, ?, not forced and all. Now I get why Netflix bought it.

  43. Tomisin

    January 6, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Well, it’s a very good story and the picture quality is ??. From the beginning it look like there was going to be more content than what was delivered but there wasn’t enough content. Bottom line it’s a very good story. Good job??.

  44. Awesome

    January 6, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    LIONHEART is simply an original, authentic and a phenomenal piece of art. If you watch with an open mind you will certainly get to understand and appreciate the beauty it posses.
    However if you choose to watch for the sake of criticism then l hope you end up making a reasonable point and not exposing the level of your ignorance or your iq.
    @Queen Bae, don’t you think is quite irresponsible of you come here and rant about how the producers did not conduct proper research on how transport business is run or mergers conducted without faulting the process the film showcased and stating “your opinion of the proper process”, l am sure you have never engaged in either of the two activities, if not you won’t be making such ignorant statement.
    With respect to the other issue you raised… Yes, in an ideal situation an outsider has no business sitting on the chair of the MD in a board meeting, but what happens in a situation where there is a revolution in the Company in the absence of the MD as it was the case in the movie.? It was a “Revolution” move – the character of Jemima stated that clearly when she came to apply for bail, thus in such situation corporate ethics it kept aside {That was what the movie was portraying but you won’t appreciate that if all you are after is to look for what to criticize}.
    So, in the light of the financial crisis faced by LIONHEART transport, do you expect them to offer a man who has come to buy the company out of its debt with the sum of 3 billion Naira, a back seat ?? And please be reminded, that in a company the majority shareholders reserves the right to make and un make decisions and laws governing the company. And just in the case of LIONHEART Transport where there was no objection to Mr Pascal sitting on the MD’s seat (as he was apparently about to be the new owner of the company} why will you come here to show off your ignorance about a unanimous decision of the majority members of a company shareholders who were present and voting at the meeting ?!!

    • Love

      January 6, 2019 at 11:28 pm

      No, it isnt irresponsible…. It is called having an opinion about the said movie? Genevieve will be fine, so relax… she has done well with the movie overall as it has at least broke borders. But if you going to be honest with yourself, the movie isnt very good. all well and good saying its ‘authentic’ and ‘nigerian’. However, NOTHING of note happened in the movie. Someone above said we should enjoy the movie for what it is…. well yea, thats the whole point, there was nothing to enjoy basically?

    • Ajala & Foodie

      January 7, 2019 at 2:41 am

      Even with a so called revolution. In a family run company like the transportation company. The majority stakeholders is the family i.e they own majority of the stock/shares in the company. So a revolution like that will be difficult to go through with by a pretty much nobody like that guy. Who suddenly presents a random individual like Kanayo O. Kanayo at a Board meeting without prior meeting with some of the other board members to win them over. Think coup. For a coup to be successful some leg work has to have been put in place first. To be honest, that was where I gave up on us being taking seriously in the movie industry. No research, not on how auditing works i.e the external auditor deal was a joke.
      I have noticed that every one praising this movie are only doing so because of the nostalgic feeling it feeds them, just like wedding party did for yorubas. Not actually looking at the movie with an objective eye. An American or Russian who has never been to Nigeria not to mention village does not have this nostalgic feeling. So, will they rate this movie as good or even fair? I think you need to check who is not watching with an “open mind” but is going off of how it feeds to your nostalgic emotions. I for one was super excited to watch it but alas, was left… I don’t know anything about transportation business but taking over a business or auditing I know a little about and that! A Joke. I agree with the person that wrote that the core antagonist was lacking. So lacking, but hey it makes us remember our village escapades so let’s just close our eyes to its glaring flaws. We did the same for wedding party didn’t we?

      The uncle needs a better movie script. If he could do this with that. Wow!!! I however disagree that there was no message, there was a message but one that was lacking in how it was passed. I also enjoyed our local proverbs/sayings and how that shone in how they succinctly pass across a message.

  45. Letty

    January 6, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    Highly overrated…the story line was very weak. A lot of mediocre acting, with people missing their lines and faulty delivery. The only thing of beauty was showcasing the beauty and sumptuousness of the igbo language.

    Osuofia’s acting was the highlight of the movie

  46. amaka

    January 6, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    i’m a huge genevieve and old nollywood fan here. but the movie was boring in certain parts and very simple. i wouldn’t watch it again, except i just wanted to watch genevieve and any of the old nollywood actors for nostalgia. I don’t know why netflix bought it, but i suspect genevieve has good connections to help her push it. it’s a very basic movie, story wise. the acting was good though.

    • Love

      January 6, 2019 at 11:22 pm

      Yep, but its not like Netflix buys quality movies tbf…. So them buying Lionheart (a very boring piece) shouldnt be surprising given Genevieve’s status in Nollywood.

  47. Awesome

    January 6, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    Really some comments here dey weak me.
    @Miss Blogist… How would like Kanayo and the white guy to be threatening enough after they schemed to lock the acting heads of the company in cell and refused to grant them bail… What else do you expect them to do to make the central conflict strong… Fighting each other in public and breaking bottles or do the typical Nollywood style, kidnap them ? Well, maybe you failed to appreciate the seriousness of the movie because the comedic deliveries kept calming the intensity…. What were you expecting from the opening scene to make it chaotic… People bleeding and loosing their teeths? Why would you expect Adaeze not to be spotless after the first scene… Did she fight with anyone? Didn’t everywhere calm down the moment she stepped into the scene? A top executive of a company coming down to address some touts and calm their nerves… You saw clearly how she majestically stood in their middle and had a conversation with the guy… How will you expect her not to remain spotless {I can’t even believe l am taking this time just to boot your brain}
    And Yes, she was sophisticated, that was who Adaeze is… How many regular young ladies jog with an SUV following behind… That was who Adaeze is… Prim & proper, an American groomed Business executive, that was what made her stand out from the rest of her igbo brethren and if you listened to the conversation in that opening scene carefully you would have realized that her character stayed in America for awhile. Her character spoke igbo where it was very necessarily – her conversation with the tout and at the family dinner.
    And please, allow her to enjoy and give her best in playing the sophisticated characters while it last. And for those characters you referred to in Queen of Katwe, No be today she start to dey act film, she has played those characters many times previously and played them excellently well, you can ask the members of the generation before you to confirm, just in case you started watching Nollywood films a couple of years ago. She knows her worth, she doesn’t need to prove it to you… When a good ” Queen of Katwe” script comes her way again, you will still see her excel in it…
    A New Year has come, so please embrace a free and positive spirit… Don’t be in a hurry to criticize people out of point!!!

    • newbie

      January 10, 2019 at 1:27 am

      BN commenters out in full force! I love una die! See as commentary dey flow back and forth. I was beginning to worry that BN comments section had died. Now I know what presses y’all’s buttons. Miss Genevieve for 1. Miss Lindaikeji for another?

  48. MissBlogist

    January 7, 2019 at 6:17 am

    Miss Awesome.
    Genevieve has signed with a top talent agency in the US. If she wants to continue to direct films, she will receive varying critism. Even Ava Duvernay ranked on the worst directors list for a wrinkle in time. Spielberg was told he made a bad film with Lincoln. You cannot epxect everyone to praise your work. Nobody was expecting her to make a perfect film.
    Netflix did not buy the film because it was good. Funa Maduka Gennys best friend is the reason netfkix bought the film as well as the sheer number of fans Genevieve commands and the Nigerian population. Take a chill pill. Filmmaking is serious business and if you want your idol to succeed, she needs to learn from critique and critism. Don’t attack people who offer contructive critism or no one will talk again and she will fail because there is no correction. If you notice, only Nigerians/Africans are discussing Lionheart.

  49. Awesome

    January 7, 2019 at 7:05 am

    @Love… If you must have an opinion be reasonable at it. Don’t just come on an international platform like this an spew your ignorance, it is an embarrassment to the country.
    So in your opinion, Netflix left all the interesting movies in Nigeria just to buy a very boring well {LIONHEART} – Tiff and Marrakech Film Festivals left some other African movies that applied to showcase in their festival just to pick this boring movie over them… All the sold out international screenings the movie have had so far was watched by boring non Nigerians…? If l ask you to get sense now, they will say that l have insulted you. But since after watching such a masterpiece (Well I even doubt if you have even watched the movie, if not your intellect would have sharpened up a bit) and you claim nothing of note happened in the movie, I will just leave you with your boring opinion coz you are entitled to it.
    @Amaka, it is too early in the year to be lying and deceiving yourself thinking you are fooling people… You are not any huge fan of Genevieve, just come out straight and express your opinion, it’s allowed..

    • Love

      January 7, 2019 at 1:43 pm

      Yes… I think its boring and unimaginative, and yes, i feel like NOTHING really happens in the movie.. What are you going to do about it? You clearly think its the best film ever and that is your business… No one really cares at the end of the day…

  50. Mymind

    January 7, 2019 at 7:26 am

    I think an international audience will appreciate this movie more than your average Nigerian. Many years of exposure to low quality content from Nollywood, recycled storylines, lack of originality, etc has sort of programmed us to expect a certain flavor as “normal” or “interesting”, and anything outside that realm is judged as too different or boring. Yet, we complain and crave better quality movies when most of us won’t know when better quality hits us in the face. A lot of people can’t even appreciate the different dimensions of a movie sef, so they judge it as good or bad solely based on its “Nigerian-ness” – ya know those familiar elements many mediocre Nollywood movies have helped to cultivate over the years. A movie can do exceptionally well in certain areas and totally suck in others. Hard to take most of the reviews here seriously for this reason.

    I think with time and better quality movies from Nollywood, this acquired taste will change for the better and we can finally start to appreciate “different” and better quality for what it truly is.

    And this is not to say there’s nothing to criticize about this movie o, not at all – as a few others have mentioned, that chaotic scene in the beginning was dramatic I expected someone to get hurt, but eh nothing, certain scenes were not believable and could have been better researched, or the lack of diversity in Genny’s roles etc etc . But Lionheart isnt all gloom either. I liked the simple storyline and thought it was safe enough to debut Genny’s chops as a director. I think the future is very bright for her.

    • newbie

      January 10, 2019 at 1:36 am

      People are mixing up critiquing the movie with critiquing Genevieve as a person. If a punter not exposed to Nollywood watches the film they’d judge it on it’s merits, not on how many posh roles Genny has played in other movies cos they’d be none the wiser. It doesn’t matter! If she played a posh girl and did a damn good job of it then people please stop whinging and give her some kudos for it.

  51. chi

    January 7, 2019 at 9:33 am

    lovely movie, I didn’t regret paying 3k to watch it at the cinema. Genevieve is bae. I love her movies. She’s d best. Thumps up Gene nwa!

  52. Eme

    January 7, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    @Ajala & Foodie… What exactly is your point ? What was wrong with the revolution… ? Why are you calling the young man who championed the revolution a nobody, he was a member of the board for crying out loud! The company was in the face of liquidation which was a perfect opportunity for him to convince the other gullible members of the board to dance to his tune as he made them an irresistible offer… Obiagu and his family had failed the company at that point in time by failing to come up with a way out of their situation. With Obiagu himself sick at home, the acting managers locked up in cell, and no dissecting opinion or objection from the rest of the board members, is it you (the viewer) that will object to the revolution… On what grounds?! That Kanayo you referred to as a random guy is a popular man in the state, the owner of one the leading transport companies in the state, he is a man offering the company 3 billion Naira buy out in the face of liquidation. You expect the film to show were they held prior meetings to convince the other members of the board… Of what relevance ? Did you see any member of the board objecting to his presence at the meeting… A great movie is not supposed to spoon feed you with details, you need to use your head and fill in some unnecessary details {Well, I must admit, one needs to be quite knowledgeable to really appreciate the depth and full beauty of the film especially for those are out to criticize}
    Yes, the external auditors scene was a joke, you should appreciate that that was their characterization, they were cast to be clowns for comic effect. Appreciate that that is characterization. I guess you are only used to serious and business looking auditors but understand the fact that there are exceptions. Them being clowns didn’t stop them from doing their main job which was giving a report of their audit and stating the consequences of failure to meet their financial obligations.
    The movie was perfectly scripted and showed indepth research. Before you come out to criticize it, ensure that you are a pro in corporate practice and not just coming to speak out of ignorance.

    • newbie

      January 10, 2019 at 1:46 am

      And for where Ajala &Foodie said “for a coup to be successful, you have to put in some leg work”……I’m assuming he wanted to be shown a scene where the Kalu guy went to various board members to try and convince them to back his proposed deal……bros (or sis) take it as read. It’s standard procedure to have pre- meetings before a big meeting especially if it is going to be contentious or an important decision is to be made. They didn’t need to spell it out.

      Those auditors though……”Unu ji anyi ugwo”????I was a bit confused. Were they implying that the nearly N1billion was owed to them?

  53. o

    January 7, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    Some of you have really poor taste. You are so used to watching garbage that you don’t even know when a real film arrives. Lionheart was brilliant. Na wa for you people that prefer all that trash on YouTube.

  54. Olivia Ruth

    January 8, 2019 at 11:41 am

    I have been a Nollywood supporter since “living in bondage”.
    The storyline of Lionheart is so full of potential.
    Unfortunately, the story could have been told so much better. The characters developed so much better.
    How does one manage to bring together such a phenomenal cast and the outcome is flat and really just wanting in so many ways?
    The writers try to tackle many subjects, but unsuccessfully brings any one of them to life in full.
    I was disappointed. I’d give Lionheart a 2.5 stars really.

    On a positive note, the picture and sound quality were great. I loved that parts of the movie were done in the Igbo language. The landscape and the beautiful scenery in Nigeria – like th hills at the beginning of the movie were beautiful.

    Looking forward to stronger execution from Genevieve and team the next time around.

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