It was hard to watch all the way, so I had to watch it in three sessions. Stilted dialogue in abundance. It makes us seem so rigid as a people. Acting is stiff and the director was incapable of breaking them down so that they flow with each other as real people, not just characters reading contrived lines. I see what the scriptwriter was trying to do, but he had no control of his situations and dialogues. It was either too talky and just plain unnecessary in places. Its very tempting to give a history lesson instead of just telling the story when you're dealing with material like this.
It could have been tightened easily by cutting off some 50mins of fluff. Especially with characters (and situations) who have no bearing on the story taking up our time. Ransome-kuti for instance. The repeated Nigerian National Anthem scenes.
It finally became interesting for me at about a 100mins into the movie where Koya and the Inspector had their encounter. That was well executed and the movie pickup up from there.
Some of my friends featuring in the movie were just like fish out of water here. I know them as better actors. Sadiq Daba was mostly terrible. He just was not right for the Inspector role. He had too much riding on him to be so boring. Funny enough, when he spoke Hausa, he flowed smoothly and suddenly became electrifying. Maybe it was English on his tongue that restricted him. Or he did not rehearse enough. He just did not work outside of that bit in Hausa questioning the suspect.
At the end of the day, the title of the movie was too grandiose for the limited scope of the storyline.
Costume was mostly on point. Setting was fantastic. I was highly impressed with the effort to capture the period. Above all, I loved the multilingual experimentation. I think that was mostly successful. That's hard to do in a movie. It reminds me of its brilliant execution in Netflix's DareDevil.
Kunle, friend, direct camera-work on your next movie and hire someone to direct actors/characters. This project is laudable, but it lacks heart.