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Movie Review – Bling Lagosians

Linda Ifunaya

“Bling Lagosians” is a typical movie telling the real story of living and keeping up in Lagos, a clear show of the who-and-who that matters in  the city of “Eko”. That’s what we have to deal with in Lagos daily. There was something really nice about this new movie that makes you want to smile all through. You can connect with some of the scenes, really, as we are shown just how far people can go to keep up appearances in the public eye.

The truth is that there was nothing outstanding or phenomenal about the chosen storyline. It would be difficult to compare it to outstamding movies of late last year that had nice storylines. It was just good in its own class, and when you have very good production and cast, they tend to make you close your eyes to the fact that the story was just simple. They told us the story of the 1% percent of the 1 % in Lagos, the crème de la crème of “Eko”.

 

It was nice to finally see Bolanle Austine Peters produce a proper Nigerian movie and she didn’t do badly at all. The movie had a few things going for them like the crisp production, clean editing, nice costumes, good cinematography and scenes, the sound tracks used all through were very catchy and linked with the scenes, songs that will make you nod your head.

The movie started on a very funny note with the first scene where three wealthy Lagosians were having a drink and Jide Kosoko was bragging of how he was going to deal with his side chic, unfortunately he ended up dealing with himself. The Holloways played the lead role in this movie; Mr. Akin Holloway was a very successful business man who had ran the family business for years, he was a son of a wealthy man, and the family has had wealth being transferred from generation to generation. Akin was a very lavish spender and he was also cheating on his wife with his best friend’s wife, well no one knew about the affair, so he thought till he got busted at the very end, it was so shocking who caught them and how. His wife Mrs. Holloway, was a more terrible spender, all she knew how to do best was to dress up, look good, travel and throw expensive birthday parties. They were willing to do anything to make sure that no one in the city of Lagos threw a better party than they did. For her 50th birthday party she spent $1m and for her 51st she wanted to spend even more. All plans were in progress until their world came crumbling down with her husband losing all his wealth, it came as a huge shock to them all and they had to fight to survive.

Anyway she did learn a few lessons like how it was important to plan, save and invest wisely especially when the wealth was not in excess. She also learnt what it took to have good friends you could rely on. When the going was good she has friends but when things became tough, she lost most of them. Anyway I guess life teaches us loads of lessons especially at our down times.

Cast: Alex Ekuboh, Bamike Olawunmi, Bisola Aiyola, Crazy Broda Shaggi, Helen Paul, Jide Kosoko, Denola Grey, Elvina Ibru, Jimmy Odukoya, Monalis Chinda Coker, Osas Ighodalo Ajibade, Sharon Ooja, Tana Adelana, Toyin Abraham  

Genre: Drama

Director: Bolanle Austine Peters

Runtime: 97 minutes

Release Date: June 28th, 2019

 

To my verdict I would score this movie 7/10.  As I said earlier, it was a basic story but the nice production, cast and editing made up for the other perquisites. So, if you are interested in just having a good laugh, then maybe you could give this a try.

Send film reviews (no more than 400 words) to linda@arbiterz.com. If we use the review, we will give tickets to watch any film you like.

Linda is a digital marketing analyst. She became a film buff while studying for a Masters Degree in 2009 at the University of Surrey and was going to the cinema almost everyday. She has written over 150 movie reviews in the past 3 years.

@lindaochugbua

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