MOVIE REVIEW: TRUE DREAMS


The movie “True Dreams” was about a village girl- Kambili (Darlene Odogbili). She was not educated but she wanted to marry an educated man. Kambili dropped out of secondary school after her dad died and did all sort of menial works such as helping people out in the farm in order to contribute to the family’s needs.
One day, Kambili dreamt that she found true love in with an educated, rich and caring young guy, but he never proposed to her all throughout the dream. Because her dreams always turn to reality, Kambili held on to the dream hoping that one day she would meet the guy Marcus (Jerry Daniels) she dreamt about. Kambili turned down suitors telling them she was already in a relationship. One day, she finally met Marcus, the guy in her dream, but he was just the opposite of who she had seen in her dream. He was hostile to her, not caring, poor; only one thing in the dream was real, he was educated. That didn’t deter Kambili from reaching out to him; though the more she drew closer to him, the more Marcus distanced himself from her. So, why was Marcus distancing himself from Kambili when it was obvious that he didn’t have a girlfriend? Find out here….

This movie “True Dreams” is what you call “extremely hilarious”. I loved everything about this movie. The village setting and the way the video was shot can make you yearn to visit the village this Yuletide season. The high-spirited actors interpreted their roles well. You are sure to have tons of laughter with this movie. The issue I have with the movie is that, in some scenes, some of the actors made use of the Nigerian easterners’ language “Igbo”, but didn’t translate it on the screen, so that viewers who don’t speak the Language can understand the conversation. Also, at the end of the movie, I couldn’t find the real name of the chief as well as Kambili’s mother on the cast list. It was also difficult to tell the number of days, weeks, years that had passed after the shooting of a particular scene; it was as if the events were happening immediately.

The movie is very easy to understand. No boring scenes, I can assure you. The movie lasted for about 1 hour 20 minutes. The stars in the movie are Yvonne Jegede, Oma Nnadi, Darlene Odogbili, Jerry Daniels, Onny Michael, Darene Odogbili, Okey Zubelu, Suzan Zayat and many more.
The play was written by Darlene Odogbili and Okey Zubelu.
Costume wise: Lovely
Sound wise: Terrific! I think I need to find the person behind the beatzzzzz

Just thinking:
• Marcus told Kambili he was going for a two year course and would comeback for her, like he was going immediately, but I was surprised to see him in the village 6 months after getting married to Kambili

• That Kambili’s English was too polished for a secondary school dropout, except she worked on herself, and there was no scene that emphasized that. If she was not hanging out with her close pals, then she was either doing home chores or working in the farm.
• I was just wondering why Marcus decided to settle in the village, he was a city boy. I thought the only reason he came to the village was because his uncle wanted to marry; so I was expecting him to return to the city and not stay back.

• One pacticular secene, I am still yet to figure out why Kambili delayed the woman like that, even if she didn’t know her, she could have called her spouse. She just stared at her and said nothing. Meanwhile, it was her first-time of even meeting Marcus’s mum. She was not welcoming, if I was the boy’s mother, that her attitude is enough to make me tell my son not to marry her.
• It was not also realistic that Kambili killed her mother in law in the dream and Marcus was just flippant about his mother’s death. His mother died while eating the food prepared by his spouse and he said nothing about that. No argument, no questioning; that scene was not real. Obviously, Kambili didn’t pack the woman’s food, she just went out to call her boyfriend to pick her up, so I am sure Marcus met his mum on the floor with the food still on the table. That scene was absurd. That scene should have been yanked off. For Christ sake that scene wasn’t realistic. She did not even pack the food.

• That woman self was even funny. She made it obvious to the girl that she didn’t like her relationship with her son, she now had the boldness to eat her food.
• This particular scene, how could she have heard from that distance when the lady told Kambili that her name was Tega and not Vera


Confusing scenes: Nil
Thumbs up:
• That Kambili is a terrific actress. The transmission from the city girl to the village girl was flawless; I could barely recognise her. Though, her acting seemed similar to that of Nkiru Sylvanus

• Also that Chijioke’s acting for an illiterate was spotless; I loved his skillful use of words as an illiterate.

• The three friends (Yvonne Jegede, Oma Nnadi and Darlene Odogbili) acted like they have been friends forever or even before the movie was shot, I could feel their bond.


Overall rating for True Dreams
• STRUCTURE: Good Beginning, Good Middle, Good Ending (Though, I think the director was too much in a hurry to end the movie, there should have been more clips on Marcus and Kambili before or after the wedding)
• SOUND: Terrific
• DIALOGUE: Terrific
• CHARACTERS: Familiar faces
• SCREEN PLAY: Awesome!
• SHOTS: Bright shots
• LOCATION: Good
• REMARK: It is certainly one film that will command your undivided attention. A film like this, you certainly cant afford to be distracted as your eyes will be glued to only one place, and that is the screen. The film is interesting.
• RATE: 7/10