MOVIE REVIEW: OMO IYA OSUN “PUTTING THE CAT BEFORE THE HORSE!”
When I started watching the movie “Omo Iya Osun”, I felt like pressing the stop button because the beginning was not intriguing enough and the music used in the movie was not pleasing to the ears enough. But because the movie was not lengthy, I decided to hold on a for a while just to see where it was heading to. Perhaps, the reason for this was because the movie has casts that I love. So I watched to the end and it was worth it.
The film started in a boring way and again I maintain that the music was not interesting enough. Music is a very important tool in movie; the way it is sung matters a lot. There are some films that are not interesting, but because the music that was played in the movie is interesting, people are not quick to tell or know that the movie is boring.
Like I said, the beginning of the movie was not that intriguing. So, does “putting the cart before the horse qualify it? well all I know is that they should have kicked off with something more catchy or better still they should have used a better sound.
So, the movie “Omo Iya Osun” tells the story of a lady called Osunmuyiwa (Mide FM Martins) who wanted to pay her aunt- Osunyele (Toyin Oladiran) back in her own coin for making the king strip her of her calabsh bearer title.
Osunleye had misled her niece Osunmuyiwa when she sought for her advice. She made her believe that she could break her virginity and still be a calabash bearer without any consequence. The already eager to experience sex Osunmuyiwa followed her aunty’s advice.
As time went on, she was exposed and stripped of her position as a calabash bearer. Her aunty denied her and even went as far as calling her a wayward girl. Osunmuyiwa’s mum died in the process. Pained by her aunty’s act, she decided to pay her back in her own coin. This time, it was when her daughter Osunsemilore (Yetunde Barnabas) was made the calabash bearer. She also misled her and used voodoos on her to make her commit crime
I certainly love this film because at the end of the movie there is a vital lesson to be learnt. The evil that men do lives after them. If one doesn’t suffer for his sins, his or her generation would surely suffer for it. Exactly what happened in the movie.
However, it is really not clear how long one was supposed to be a calabash bearer and remain virgin. For how long did Osunmuyiwa carry it before Osunsemilore took over. Was Osunsemilore young? Did she not hear about what her mum did to her aunt. Of course these are things that should make one suspicious. What of Osunleye, was she quick to forget the evil advice she gave to Osunmuyiwa?
The movie was shot in a way that looked like everything happened or was shot in a day. We don’t have an idea of how many days, months or years already passed by before the next scene or before Osunsemilore took over. However, the casts acted well and also brought comic to the film- especially in the part of Asekunlowo (Abolaji Amusan)
Again, I insist, music matters a lot in movies, the way it is sung can either pin down viewers to watch the movie or discourage them from watching the movie. At times, viewers tend to enjoy a movie just because of the background music alone; I was not too impressed with the movie song.
• Good costume- The ladies were more dressed than the guys
• Not too impressive
• Fiyin told Osunsemilore that he wont tell anybody that she had sex with him @ the 17 minutes of the movie. I am wondering how someone that told everyone especially his friend that his girl friend refused to have sex with him will keep mute when she finally allows him to make love to her; he will definitely tell the whole world
• Hot soup could be eaten in a hurry ke @ 22 minutes 49 seconds of the movie? This should be a mistake. I guess the translator wanted to write “Hot soup could not be eaten in a hurry”
• Last time I checked top people are usually around during procession, how come Osunsemilore- the calabash bearer was not there?
• How come I did not see Bukola Adeeyo’s name in the list of casts when the film started. Hello, she is a famous actress.
• Now this scene certainly made me laugh @ 27 minutes 46 seconds of the movie. After, the robbers left, the police came and saw the victim- Asekunlowo outside and they were asking him if the thieves were still inside while they tried entering his house. Am wondering if police actually ask victims already outside if the thieves are still inside their house
• How can someone that is called Iya Osun not suspect anything at all. If Osunmuyiwa had access to voodoos, am sure Osunyele also has access to one.
• There should have been a continuation after the scene where Osunsemilore asked a woman @ the 44 minutes of the video to lead her to her husband
• Osunsemilore was always closing her eyes too much
• I don’t understand the movie, was Osunmuyiwa the one robbing in Osunsemilore’s skin or was Osunsemilore the one robbing when an evil spirit comes upon her?
• How come the herbalist doesn’t know Osunmuyiwa, was she not the calabash bearer before Osunsemilore @ 53 minutes
• We know Osunyele and Osunmuyiwa are families. During the flashback, Osunyele at the shrine said that she would deal with Osunmuyiwa and her family. And I am wondering, is it not the same family?
• They barely called names of the actors in the movie
• In the cast’s name, they put Mide FM Abiodun’s name in the movie as Otun, instead of Osunmuyiwa
• We do not know how many days, months or years that have passed before another scene, everything seems to be happening so quick and in a day.
• The way Osunsemilore speaks her Yoruba though especially @ 33 minutes, I was really forced to check if she is a yoruba girl. At 33 minutes, look at the way she said, what are you doing there “ki ni e se ni be?” Like seriously?
• Outside the king’s palace, there is nothing to show that it is a palace; o ma terrible gan ni. Meanwhile, this man looks like the king also.
• For how long is the calabash bearer supposed to remain a virgin, because it is like anyone who is to carry it must stay virgin. So how exactly will the person marry?
Overall rating for Omo Iya Osun
• STRUCTURE: Good Beginning, Shaky Middle, Good Ending
• SOUND: Not impressive
• DIALOGUE: Good
• CHARACTERS: Familiar faces and new faces
• SCREEN PLAY: Good
• SHOTS: Bright shots
• LOCATION: Nigeria
• REMARK: An interesting film with morals.
• RATE: 6/10
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PRESENTS YETUNDE BARNABAS FILMS
YETUNDE BARNABAS ACTED AS OSUNSEMILORE; AFEEZ ABIODUN ACTED AS OTUN; MIIDE FM ABIODUN ACTED AS OSUNMUYIWA; SEGUN OGUNGBE ACTED AS COLLINS; LATEEF ADEDIMEJI ACTED AS FIYIN; ABOLAJI AMUSAN ACTED AS ASEKUNLOWO; MERCY AIGBE ACTED AS DPO; GBENGA OLADUNNI ACTED AS KABIYESI; TOYIN AFOLAYAN ACTED AS IYALODE; TOYIN OLADIRAN ACTED AS OSUNYELE; MONSURU IJAYEGBEMI ACTED AS OSI; BUKKY RAJI ACTED AS OSUNFUNKE; SOLA OLAIBI ACTED AS OFFICER; SUNDAY OGUNREMI ACTED AS FIYIN’S FRIEND; SHERIFF KAZEEM ACTED AS IFA; ALIU GAFFER ACTED AS OWONIKOKO; CHARITY OHIMAI ACTED AS IBIDUN; ROBBERS- BUKOLA ADEEYO, WUNMI TORIOLA, FOLORUNSHO ADEOLA, OLUWASHEYI EDUN
STORY: AFEEZ ABIODUN; PRODUCER: YETUNDE BARNABAS; EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: KHALIFA MAROOF A. AFOLAYAN (HIGH CHIEF OLOBA OF EJULAND); DIRECTOR: AFEEZ ABIODUN
DURATION: 1 HOUR 11 MINUTES
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