Anikulapo (2022) movie review: A superb graphic story that holds your attention from start to finish

Synopsis: Anikulapo tells the story of Saro, a man seeking for greener pasture in the kingdom of Oyo, but unfolding events and his affair with the Alaafin’s wife lead to his untimely death and a new life beyond his dreams.

Anikulapo: The Cast

  • Kunle Remi as Saro, the weaver
  • Bimbo Ademoye as Arolake
  • Sola Sobowale as Awarun
  • Taiwo Hassan as Alaafin Ademuyiwa
  • Eyiyemi Afolayan, as Princess Omowunmi 
  • Adebowale Adedayo (Mr Macaroni) as Akanji
  • Adebayo Salami as Oyo Chief
  • Hakeem Kae-Kazim as Oba Aderoju
  • Ropo Ewenla as Asohun Oba
  • Faithia Balogun as Ojumo Queen
  • Kareem Adepoju as Ojumo Chief
  • Moji Olayiwola
  • Aisha Lawal
  • Dele Odule
  • Yinka Quadri as Hunter

Anikulapo: The Crew

  • Kunle Afolayan – Director
  • Segun Akintunde – Producer
  • Seun Soyinka – Producer
  • Shola Dada – Writer

Anikulapo: Detailed Review

Anikulapo has a very simple storyline, with a simpler subplot that allows for fantastic acting and cinematography. It is time to tell our own stories, and I daresay Kunle Afolayan is a master in doing this. The movie weaves mythical elements into a story of love, betrayal, scheming, and the lives of our ancestors. 

The chemistry between Kunle Remi and Bimbo Ademoye is a beauty to behold, and the way they both speak Yoruba with the right accent is very impressive. Bimbo is such a great actress that all she needs to express something is to open her eyes; her body language is fantastic on the screen.  Kunle Remi’s first foray into Yoruba movies is good for his acting profile and it shows he is a versatile actor. Baba Ifayemi Elebuibon is a true living legend whose knowledge of history needs to be captured for future generations, and it is beautiful to see him here.

Kunle Afolayan’s tribute and respect for the legends of the Yoruba movie industry is apparent in this movie. He puts everyone in the right roles and they all play to their strengths, forming a beautiful synergy of acting that evokes nostalgia. This must be the largest gathering of extras for a Yoruba movie that I have ever seen, and it gives the true feeling of what the villages must have been like then, a true portrayal of the village life. 

Casting the king of Ojumo as a non-speaking king is a stroke of genius by Kunle Afolayan. This took away the need for the actor to learn Yoruba or murder the language, and it also built a cloud of mystery around him.

The movie does not try to take modernize the issues in the story. It portrays polygamy in its true light, both in a palace, and a regular household, women giving their men preference, and all the other challenges of such a living arrangement. 

The makeup, props, and costumes in this movie are top notch and unrivaled. it is a Master course in film making. Anikulapo is one of the best portrayals of Yoruba mythical stories. It is told in a simple way, in the class of Hollywood telling mythical stories from other lands.

NollyRated Score: 5/5 (Outstanding Movie)

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  1. Poor
  2. Sub Par
  3. Okay
  4. Great
  5. Outstanding

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Brotherhood (2022) is a great work of art (Movie Review)

Synopsis: In Brotherhood (2022), Wale and Akin are brothers who became orphans at a young age when their parents were killed on New Year’s Day, on their way home from the traditional crossover service that had been held in church. As adults, Wale joins the police force, while Akin becomes a hardened criminal who joins a gang of brothers. All things go awry when Wale is put on the task force that would hunt his brother and the gang of robbers down. 

Brotherhood: The Cast 

  • Folarin Falana/Falz as Wale
  • Tobi Bakre as Akin
  • Deyemi Okanlawon
  • Jide Kene Achufusi
  • Basketmouth
  • Toni Tones
  • OC Ukeje
  • Dianne Russet
  • Omawumi
  • Ronke Oshodi-Oke
  • Zubby Michael
  • Debo Adedayo
  • Sam Dede
  • Dorathy Bachar
  • Mercy Aigbe
  • Seyi Awolowo
  • Boma

Brotherhood: The Crew

  • Loukman Ali    – Director
  • Jadesola Osiberu – Writer   
  • Abdul Tijani-Ahmed – Writer 
Brotherhood (2022) Movie Review

Brotherhood: The Review

While the story line is along the lines of American Gangster plots, the local flavour makes it truly our own. I love the fluidity of the dialogue; it reflects the way we actually speak and converse everyday here in Nigeria.  

The handling of weapons by all actors keeps improving, and I am quite impressed by the editing that gives us the gunshot effects. It is sometimes over the top, but it works for the movie. The story is cleanly told without too much fluff, and bits of humour that do not take away from the seriousness of the story. 

I dare say Tobi Bakre is underrated. He gives a brilliant performance as the lead in this movie, and I am delighted with his performance. As usual, Toni Tones gives a great performance worthy of the accolades she has always received. Bright Okpocha (AKA Basketmouth) has always been a good actor, even with his comedy, and he gives a good performance here as well.

Omawumi is a surprise to me: she acts a serious role and gives it as good as she gets. It is good to see O.C. Ukeje back on our screens, and not in the stereotypical roles he had been pigeonholed into previously. But blink for too long, and you would miss seeing Deyemi Okanlawon in this movie. I wonder why. 

The picture quality and camera angles are appropriate for a gritty gang movie; my drawbacks from the movie include the swiftness of the romance scene (it seems a tad unrealistic), and how civilians are spectators at the scene of a violent shootout between robbers and police special forces.

Those niggles aside, overall, Brotherhood is a great work of art. It is a movie I will see again and I look forward to seeing it on the streaming platforms. It is currently showing in cinemas across Nigeria.

NollyRated Score: 5/5 (Outstanding Movie)

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  1. Poor
  2. Sub Par
  3. Okay
  4. Great
  5. Outstanding

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Top 10 Nollywood Movies to watch on Netflix in 2022

So far, 2022 has shaped out to be an interesting year in the Nigerian movie industry, also known as Nollywood. A healthy number of titles have been released on Netflix, which is fast becoming the most popular movie streaming service in the country.

Quite a number of these movie titles have been impressive. We have curated a list of the best Nollywood movies to watch on Netflix in 2022. The list is culled from movies released on Netflix in the last three years that earned a 5-star and 4-star ratings from us.

The best Nollywood Movies to watch on Netflix in 2022

The Top Nollywood Movies to watch on Netflix in 2022

If you are new to Netflix, the below are the very best Nigerian movies available to watch on the streaming platform. Click on each title to read our detailed review.

  1. Anikulapo (2022): a 5-star review
  2. Brotherhood (2022): a 5-star review
  3. The Setup (2022): 5-star review
  4. Blood Sisters: 5-star review
  5. For Maria Ebun Pataki: 5-star review
  6. The Blood Covenant: 4-star review
  7. The WildFlower: 4-star review
  8. A Naija Christmas: 4-star review
  9. This Lady Called Life: 4-star review
  10. Mama Drama: 4-star review

Have you seen the above movie titles? Do you agree with our list, or do you have other titles you believe should be on the list? Talk to us in the comments section below.

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The Set Up 2 (2022) Movie Review: An action flick that keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish

Synopsis: Chike was finding her foot as an agent for an international organization, when she was compelled by the kidnap of her friend’s child to risk everything she holds dear once again to go after a criminal and kidnapper, Usi. The kidnapping by Usi was done to lure Chike into doing her bidding. Chike and Grace go on to form a team and take down Usi and save Grace’s daughter. 

The Set Up 2 (2022) Movie Cast

  • Adesua Etomi
  • Kehinde Bankole
  • Lota Chukwu
  • Nancy Isime
  • Stan Nze
  • Kate Henshaw
  • Blossom Chuwkwujekwu 
  • Tope Olowoniyan
  • Lilian Afegbai
  • Jim Iyke
  • Tina Mba 
  • Lilian Afegbai 
  • Uzor Arukwe
  • Gbubemi-ejeye

The Set Up 2 (2022) Movie: The Crew

  • Inkblot Productions – Producer 
  • Film One Entertainment – Producer 
  • Anakle Studios – Executive Producer 
  • Naz Onuzo – Director,  Writer and Co-Executive Producer.

The Set Up 2 (2022) Movie Review

The Set Up 2 feels like a movie made out of a collaborative effort between Sydney Sheldon and Robert Ludlum. I was very impressed with the story line; it has action, suspense, a smidgen of romance, and humour. The revelations are mind blowing. As a matter of fact, I was on the edge of my seat through out the movie. It has been a while since I have seen an action movie from Nollywood that I really like. 

I really love the cast of the movie. We have a mix of old and new actors. Adesuwa is a beauty to behold, and the combination of her natural beauty and skills shine through. Fight sequences are well choreographed, weapons handling is well orchestrated, and the stunts are almost perfect, almost. Yet none of these take away from the extraordinary nature of the movie. 

Nancy Isime has firmly positioned herself as the queen of the Nollywood action flicks, and she gives a great performance here. Of course, Kate Henshaw, Tina Mba, Jim Iyke and the rest of the cast, are truly in their elements. But my favourite in this movie is not even the lead actor; it is Stan Eze. He displays the perfect blend of seriousness, goofiness, tenderness, and humour. He is fully in his element here. 

The picture quality of the movie is top notch. I especially like the manner in which the movie uses the opening montage to give us an update from its prequel. There was no wasting of screen time. I especially love the camera angles. For example, there is an aerial view of Lagos that came out really well. I wish to see more of such in Nigerian movies. 

The Set Up 2 movie has some minor misses, none of which take away from the excellent story and performances of the actors and crew. I intend to go see this movie again. 

Nolly Rating: 5/5 (Extraordinary Movie) 

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  1. Poor
  2. Sub Par
  3. Okay
  4. Great
  5. Outstanding

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Movie Review: Hey You (2022): A Blue Film That Doesn’t Quite Live Up To Its Potentials

Synopsis: The life of an awkward 32 years old software engineer is turned upside down when he finds out the girl he wants to be with is the FANSALONE model he obsesses over and she’s his next-door neighbour. What could go wrong?

Hey You (2022) Movie Cast

  • Timini Egbuson
  • Efe Irele
  • Rotimi Salami
  • Stanley Nzediegwu
  • Seyi Awolowo
  • Miriam Peters
  • Tope Olowoniyan
  • Tunbosun Aiyedehin

Hey You (2022) Movie: Crew

  • Directed by: Uyoyou Adia
  • Written by: Uyoyou Adia
  • Produced by: AntHill Studios

Hey You (2022) Movie Review

Hey You is a ‘Blue Film’ with the tired cliche romantic story line and action. Though the producers claim it is a romantic comedy, there is not enough comedy in it to be able to lay claim to that tag successfully. 

The movie takes so long to make its point, that I found myself fighting sleep. I first thought it was a 40+ matter, till I heard a Gen Z mention how the movie is boring. The sensual and sex scenes are well executed, but that may  probably be the only parts of the movie that are really done well. Could it be that when Nollywood focuses on one aspect, they are not able to give an overall great movie? 

The only well developed characters are the two lead characters. It feels like the other supporting roles have no back stories. Timini and Efe truly embody their characters, but the dialogue leaves a lot to be desired. 

The lighting of the movie is quite dark. A lot of the indoor scenes appear to be in muted lighting. Perhaps it is part of the strategy to put the movie in the sex/sensual movie genre. The sound is spotty and I wish there is more of the soundtrack to follow and enjoy, but it is mostly instrumentals. 

I actually like that Nollywood is pushing the envelope, and exploring other angles of the Romantic Comedy genre, but in a bid to explore, the movies lose some excitement and speed.  Hey You is a movie that has potential, but they are not fully explored, and it makes for a boring watch. 

Nolly Rating: 3/5 (Okay Movie) 

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  1. Poor
  2. Sub Par
  3. Okay
  4. Great
  5. Outstanding

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Elesin Oba, the King’s Horseman, features your favourite stars, and is coming to Netflix; Watch the trailer

Elesin Oba, the King’s Horseman, is an EbonyLife Films production in collaboration with Netflix. It features a cast of stars like Odunlade Adekola, Deyemi Okanlawon, Shaffy Bello, Jide Kosoko, Joke Silva, Olawale ‘Brymo’ Olofooro, among others.

Elesin Oba, The King’s Horseman, is a movie adaptation of Wole Soyinka’s play, “Death and the King’s Horseman”. It was written and directed by Biyi Bandele.

Synopsis: Inspired by true life events, in the Oyo Empire in the 1940’s, Elesin Oba, the king’s chief horseman, succumbs to the lure of beauty and sexual desire on the very evening he is set to die in order to fulfil his lifelong debt of ritual suicide to accompany the dead Alaafin to the realm of the ancestors, he derails from a very important generational and spiritual transaction. This sets in motion a series of catastrophic consequences, in a spell-binding film of emotions, humour, and tragic role reversals that puts ancient beliefs and customs on trial in an ever increasingly post-modern and Western world.

The movie will make its international debut at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September 2022 and will be available on Netflix soon.

Elesin Oba, the King’s Horseman: The Trailer

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