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#OCTOBER1 THE REVIEW: NIGERIANS THE CINEMA IS NOT YOUR SITTING ROOM.

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The holidays afforded us by our unproductive federal government and the clowns at the places of authority presented me time to see the movies. An experience that showed me how terribly mannered Nigerians are when in public places. Let me make it clear that I particularly love holidays but this stretch was just senseless to me. I mean few days prior to the declaration of days off for the celebrations of our Muslim brothers, was the independence holiday after the compulsory long Ebola holiday as well to teachers and our children. I just understand why Nigerians would never be serious with work.

Anyway, I enjoyed it too as I was able to see two new movies and the state of affairs of this nation is not what I am going to share with you today but how boorish, annoying, appalling Nigerians can be. Honestly, many of us have no etiquette or we just do not know how to act right. You needed to have seen how awfully behaved people were in the cinema. I had been so excited to see October 1 by Kunle Afolayan after previously seeing all of his movies and the particular hype that surrounded this one. I had been impressed with his sense of timing for the release and after seeing snippets, I wanted to see all.

People who know me well enough can speak of my lack of interest in Nigerian movies. As a matter of policy, I flounder in comprehending the rationale behind most movies made by Nigerians and I am always disgusted at how they churn out movies with shallow, disjointed storyline, depicting the lack of creativity, competence by the writers. In truth, Nigerian movies are badly produced, and are often an ill-fated waste of precious time; I will rather listen to my little four year old cousin tell me stories. It lacks depth, too predictable and limited in output – sounds are incredibly inaudible, lights poor and actors guileless like those who have just been given roles without scripts. Consequently, I only gave my precious time to Mainframe pictures and their movies, which is why I have never missed any film from their stable. Tunde Kelani always enthralls me with movies even when they are not his. You can be sure of cinematography at its best.

However, the emergence of Kunle Afolayan has been more spectacular for his daring stunts, extravagant shootings, relatable story, clear pictures and sound, and enviable cast. This is a man investing money, time, and creativity in what he believes in. therefore, October 1 was a sure bargain. Although for me the movie was just there for me, the story line did not live up to his previous ones. I like Figurine and Phone swap more. Even Irapada has a better theme. However, October 1 eclipsed the precious success in terms of stunts; his daring stunts were effectively executed. There were real blood, death scenes were expertly carried out, weapons used showed real injury, and it did not look any bit like the typical Nigerian film. Above all, it was intelligently humorous.

Similarly, costuming was top notch; they really took us to the pre independence days. I loved when the premier addressed us on the black and white TV. It was a proper village setting with little modernisation. He captured the mood of independence from colonial masters beautifully. The casts were astounding; they did an enviable job. This is a movie with the right personnel for the right roles. The leading casts were just marvellous and the supporting casts complimented them with sublime show. The language was rich and deep. Our cultures wonderfully displayed – it is at best, a reflective movie.

To be sincere, even though I am not an expert in reviewing movies, I must confess that I will recommend you see this film. It has everything not Nigerian. Although the storyline did not leave me entirely captivated, I love it. It has a good plot and it delivered it succinctly. At least it touched on what others dare to reveal when it comes to our fractured relationship with the white. I like that it bothered on things that are alien to our culture and how we have remained steadfast in resisting the infiltration of our culture by their absurd customs. The reason for the aversion, which motivated the atrocity, is a valid one. However, whether the acts are valid, is yours to judge!

The only reason I am complaining about the film is that at the centre of its plot, the perpetrator was just too easy for me to figure out from the start. I knew who was behind the shenanigans from the word go. I like the clandestineness of the movie itself, but it left me with too many clues and at the end, no distractions to keep my eyes of the culprits worked, I think justice was too poorly or better still cheaply served.

However, let me indulge you to pray to have the right crowd in the cinema with you and not those illiterate I saw the movie with; it was over bearing. They prevented me from enjoying the movie with their side talks of their idea of what will happen next. At a time, I had to ask a lady to end her call after speaking over the phone for over a minute in her loud voice. She ended it but remained raucous through out and mostly acted like a village man put in a room with air-condition.

From your reviewer,
ADEKANYE ADEYINKA .O.