Kemi Adetiba's 'King of Boys': A Review - Bola Aduwo

mamazita!

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Much was expected from Kemi Adetiba after the success of her directorial debut, ‘The Wedding Party’ so it was with much anticipation that I went to watch her sophomore project ‘King Of Boys’.. I watched it last night at Silver Bird cinemas, Ikeja and to say, I’m not disappointed is putting it mildly. The film is outrageously, fantastically good. Excellent. I’m gushing.. I know… I can not help it.. neither will you when you get to watch it. So what made the movie so great?
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THE STORY;
The first thing that drives a film forward is the story… the plot. It was strong. contemporary and authentically Nigerian and gritty. It centres around Alhaja Eniola Salami, (expertly acted by Sola Sobowale) a business woman, local politician and general ‘Area Mama’ who is grappling to hold on to the vestiges of power as she feels the young Guns, nipping at her heels trying so desperately to take it away from her. She must fight with all she’s got, both physically & spiritually to stop her empire and all she has worked so hard for, from going to the dogs.

THE CAST:
The casting was on point. Sola Sobowale bodied the character of Eniola Salami. She dug deep within and laid her all on the floor. As we say in Nollywood, ‘she chewed the script, swallowed it, and regurgitated it out! Fantastic acting. She was closely followed by Toni Toneswho played her younger self. I was amazed at Toni’s transformation! She literally became Sola Sobowale’s Eniola! Her mannerisms, diction and stance were all Aunty Sola. When she walked into the scene and started speaking, the audience immediately picked up that this is the younger Eniola without being told, even though they do not in anyway look alike. Adesua Etomi-Wellingtonofcourse did not disappoint. She was able to encapsulate her role as Eniola’s British-trained-Lawyer-adopted daughter. I was also very impressed by Demola Adedoyin who played Kitan, Eniola’s handsome but spoiled, drug-addicted playboy son. Demola really convincingly embodied the character. He really had that look of a dangerous, but functioning drug addict. My only grouse with Kemi was (Spoiler Alert!) that she did not let the character come into his own and live up to the potential I know was buried in him, after all he is his mother’s son. (Sorry! I am very vested in this story!) I was really rooting for Kitan…Oh well!
I was quite impressed by Reminisce’ acting. For a first time actor to take on this major lead role as ‘Akorede aka Makanaki‘ was impressive. He was actually one of my favourite actors in the film. Lol I also loved Ill Bliss who played the role of Underworld Kingpin ‘Odogwu Malay, lending the very essential addition of the Eastern factor to the Lagos landscape.
For the rest of the review check here King Of Boys Review contd
 
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Sola

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Over 200m naira and rising. The movie's got legs, staying atop the box office for 6-7 weeks (# 1). Supposedly the first drama to do that kind of business, as opposed to the usual comedy craze. Highly commendable effort.
 

mamazita!

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Over 200m naira and rising. The movie's got legs, staying atop the box office for 6-7 weeks (# 1). Supposedly the first drama to do that kind of business, as opposed to the usual comedy craze. Highly commendable effort.
I agree! I hope she takes it to Netflix after cinema rounds so a wider audience will have access to see this really brilliant work. She's screening in London presently and is already No1 at that Odeon cinema selling out three halls instead of the stipulated one!
 
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