MOVIE REVIEW- LIONHEART “GENEVIEVE IS SO TRIBALISTIC!”

MOVIE REVIEW- LIONHEART “GENEVIEVE IS SO TRIBALISTIC!”
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“Genevieve is so tribalistic” That was what I heard someone who had watched this movie say. So I asked “In what way?” and the person’s reply was “All the characters are Igbos” and my reply “Mtchew”
Funny how someone would watch this movie and call the brain behind it “tribalistic” So this is it, I need to make some people understand. In Nigeria, there are three major tribes, Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa and these tribes do movies in their languages. In order to feature in any of their movies you have to have knowledge about the language and must be able to speak the language even if not fluently.
Same applies to the movie Lionheart. I can’t fully call it an Igbo movie because 80 percent of the Language spoken was English. Moreover, the movie has an Igbo setting (South East), hence, speaking the dialect as well as gathering cast that can speak the language was not only a necessity but made the whole film look real. I however have an issue of their refusal to translate the movie to English and any other foreign language may be French or Spanish for a movie that was on Netflix; somehow though

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So moving on, the movie Lionheart was about a young girl Adaeze (Acted by Genevieve Nnaji) who was eager to occupy the seat of the Managing Director- Mr. Obiagu (Acted by Pete Edochie) of the Lion heart transport company who was also her father when he fell sick. She was however shocked when her daddy put his brother- Godswill Obiagu (Acted by Nkem Owoh) instead to manage the company till he fully recovered. Less than 48 hours after Godswill took over as the temporary managing director of the Lionheart transport company, he found out that his brother- Chief Obiagu had acquired too many loans that threatened the existence of the company. Banks wouldn’t give them extension for the payment of loans. They took lots og shits from people as they scampered for help. Adaeze’s male friend- Arinze (Acted by Peter Okoye aka Mr.P) seemed ready to give the money but only conditionally and their major competitor in the transport service- IG Motors owned by Pascal Igwe (Acted by Kanayo. O. Kanayo) is close by waiting to take over Lionheart company in order to wipe off their history. Godswill and Adaeze became restless as they sought ways to uncomplicate the complicated issue Will both be able to save the company? Find out here…

 


I love everything about this movie. The whole cast really interpreted their roles perfectly. Infact I have to give the best acting to Adaeze’s mum-Abigail Obiagu (Acted by Onyeka Onwenu). She was so motherly; he acting was spontaneous in the sense that she acted like there was no camera in front of her. Wherever she spoke their dialect, suited the occasion; she was flawless.
I like the fact that it was easy to tell the number of days, months, years that had passed after a particular scene. I love the fact that they made use of “Morning-Afternoon and Evening scenes” unlike some films where all their scenes only tell that is morning, despite the fact that they go out and return later in the day.

 


My best scene happened to be their dining table or should I say round table discussion @ 1 hour 2 minutes. I mean courtesy demands that there should be no talking while dining. But no doubt, the scene “di(is)” very interesting and funny. Ninety percent of their discussion was done in Igbo Dialect, unfortunately, they did not translate it. To really get the whole dining gist you may have to look for someone who understands the language to explain it to you. Again, that their discussion made me laugh, starting from where Adaeze’s aunty (Ngozi Ezeonu) who asked Adaeze’s mum- Abigail Obiagu (Onyeka Onwenu) if Adaeze was eating at all because she was too slim. Also Mr. Obiagu was funny when he was talking about those that love sagging and asked Adaeze not to marry such people. Also, Godswill was funny when he told Adaeze not to run out of the market of men when being too choosy about a man to settle down with. Also, he got my 32 teeth shining when he called Obiora (Chibuzor Azubuike aka Phyno) “Ifuna ki di dika mili oku omugwo”
Also, Obiora’s (Acted by Phyno) look was funny when his father wanted to mock him and asked him what he was doing for a living when he knew he was into music. Obiora already knew where his daddy was going with the discussion so he did not worry himself about it.
Also, another scene I really liked was that Peter’s scene, perhaps listening to that old jam “Omoge mi by Psquare” is the reason, don’t know…
SOME OBSERVATIONS
If Mr. Godswill Obiagu is the MD of the Lionheart transport company @Owerri headquarter, why bring him to head the Enugu branch, so who would manage the Owerri branch when he is away@ 13 minutes.
I am confused, they collected loans from different banks with one property- the Lionheart transport company, so which bank would eventually claim ownership if they eventually had not been able to meet up.
Mr. Obiagu secured millions of loans when the contract was yet to click. It is somehow securing millionsof loans already for a contract that lots of transport services are vying for and has not been awarded to anyone.
Listening to that psquare tune again, mhen, I really loved it. But why did Genevieve use that tune…
How come it is the external auditors of Lionheart Transport Company that is giving them 30 days ultimatum to pay back the loan they were owing. It shouldn’t come from them but the bank directives. They employed the external auditors and not the other way round.
They obtained loans from different banks and I am sure it was not the same time, so how come all the banks have the same payment deadline.

 


BEST QUOTE
God never gives you a burden that he has not equipped you to carry. @ Onyeka Onwenu @ 57 minutes 20-25 seconds of the movie

 


FUNNY SCENES
Chief Obiagu (Acted by Pete Odochie) just had to make me laugh in the 9 minutes 30 seconds of the movie when his son Obiora (Acted by Phyno) entered his room, he just shook his head. I know he had be like “Is this a son?”
Mr Godswill expression when he told Samuel (Acted by Kalu Ikeagu) “I am impressed @ 14 minutes 41 seconds. Also@ 19 minutes of the movie when he was told that Obiora stays more in the studio because of his music career, and he sarcastically replied “All na work” .Also, when he also said he will go and be resting with his brother.
Costume wise
Just costume
Sound wise
Good
JUST WONDERING
I don’t know o, the constant phone ringing in that their office; was it basically to show that it is truly an office or that they were always busy or their company “di” hot?
How come those three men discussing business did not know that there was an intruder in their midst. I mean from where Mr. Godswill stood, even a partially blind person would have sighted him. Also, wondering how Adaeze was able to locate her uncle @51 minutes 52 seconds of the movie, because, where he passed in was quite different

 


Why external auditors are the ones giving Lionheart transport company 30 days ultimatum to pay back loans. Who should be talking about loan payment, external auditors or the bank management?
The voice over seemed like it was done by Kanu Ikeagwu @ 6 minutes 12 seconds
I hate this blackout @ 7minute 6 seconds
There should have been a follow up on that heart attack chief had (hospital scene or better still a nurse attending to him in their house not just him watching television), like a continuity rather than quickly introduce another character in person of Kanayo the owner of IG motors. @ 7 minutes 12 seconds
I don’t understand why the female auditor couldn’t complete her speech, it made it look like she was suffering from Amnesia. I mean she was talking about an appointment scheduled for a particular time, but the other auditors were the ones including the time for her. @25minutes. Somehow, is that a display of boss or what? Or perhaps they wanted to be funny? That was not funny at all
I don’t understand @ 26 miuntes, I thought they were the ones that employed the auditors, how come they said they owed them 950 million naira.
Are these auditors from the bank or from the company, because they look more like the bank. If they work for Lionheart transport company, then their dialogue is wrong @27 minutes
@ the 32 minutes of the film, why did the owner of IG motors say he did not want to be disturbed, both Adaeze and mr. Godswill were not coming to see him
@39 minutes, I wonder why he- Kanayo O Kanayo was shining his eyes like that

 


CONFUSING SCENE: NIL
Overall rating for the movie Lionheart
STRUCTURE: Good Beginning, Good Middle, somewhat Ending
SOUND: Good
DIALOGUE: Good
CHARACTERS: Familiar faces and new faces
SCREEN PLAY: Good
SHOTS: Bright shots
LOCATION: Nigeria- Kano and Enugu.
REMARK: It is not one of those movies one may be interested in watching again after the first view. It has no action and was not translated. Nothing intriguing about the movie
RATE: 6/10

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CAST
GENEVIEVE NNAJI ACTED AS ADAEZE; NKEM OWOH ACTED AS GODSWILL OBIAGU; PETE EDOCHIE ACTED AS CHIEF ERNEST OBIAGU, ONYEKA ONWENU ACTED AS ABIGAIL OBIAGU; PETER OKOYE ACTED AS ARINZE, NGOZI EZEONU ACTED AS CHIOMA OBIAGU; KALU IKEAGWU ACTED AS SAMUEL AKAH; CHIBUZO AZUBUIKE AKA PHYNO ACTED AS OBIORA; SANI MUA’ZU ACTED AS ALHAJI DANLADI MAIKANO; YAKUBU MOHAMMED ACTED AS HAMZA MAIKANO; KANAYO.O.KANAYO ACTED AS IGWE PASCAL; JEMIMA OSUNDE ACTED AS ONYINYE; NANI BOY ACTED AS THE DRIVER FOR PEACE TRANSIT; NGOZI OKONKWO ACTED AS THE PASSENGER FOR PEACE MASS TRANSIT

 


WRITERS: GENEVIEVE NNAJI; CHINNY ONWUGBENU; C.J OBASI, ISHAYA BAKO; EMIL GARUBA
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: GENEVIEVE NNAJI; CHINNY ONWUGBENU
PRODUCERS: CHINNY ONWUGBENU; CHICHI NWOKO; OLIVER ALEOGENA
DIRECTOR: GENEVIEVE NNAJI
DURATION: 1 HOUR 34 MINUTES
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