Sunday, May 24, 2009

The King is Mine (Ghanaian Movie)





Starring:
Nadia Buari, Jackie Appiah,
Director/Producer:
Frank Rajah
(always predictable as expected thats why his name is always in red alert.)
Sypnosis:
The Kingdom of Doduala seeks an heir to the throne in the event of the King's demise. Queen Serwaa has suffered the fate of repeated stillbirths in an effort to present the Kingdom with a male heir. A cry that was ever wanning.


The search for another bright petal begins, a new bride to grace Doduala Kingdom with a glimmer of home , and this presents Elder Agyemang and his sister Esther intoxicated by ambition and greed with the perfect disposition in the light of her two beautiful daughters, Louisa and Rose. Which amongst them will catch the King's eye. Damage irreparable, poise intertwined with strong defiance at play.

This story is the same story line as 2008 release Hollywood Movie "THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL" - Was it a copycat, u judge for your selve. Frank and Mumuni at their Creative Best as usual.

STARRING:
-JACKIE APPIAH
- NADIA BUARI
- KALSUM SINARE
- ETC. (dont recollect their names including the Kings')


My Review:
What else is new but Frank Arase and His side kick Mumuni and their "Coming To America" Throwing Petals of floor, Masqueradish dressing and Royal theme nonsense. Always at their creative best as usual. Why people are fascinated by their movies just beats me.

This time they stayed clear away from that one hotel in Madina they always use to shoot movies (as if that is the only place in ghana nice enough to showcase - This time i think most of of this movie was shot in the expensive gated community of Transaco Valley Estate in East Legon Accra http://www.trasaccovalley.com/)

I mean how do you do a movie and copy the same theme as another Hollywood movie. Okay thats even besides the point - this is not the first time they have stolen anothers script - but tell me this, how do you do a movie (and lawd knows what age it was set it) - and you have Iphones and Digital Cameras but yet there was no DNA test to the baby the king denied - so what century was this movie set anyway.


At least in the Other Boleyn Girl we all know it was set in the 16th century aristocratic time, but as for this movie "The King is Mine" i dont even know.

Nothing pissed me off more than when Jackie (Esther) was being sent out of the Palace, because the King thinks the baby she just bore is not really his, all they held was some cloths all bunched up as though they are trying to deceive the audience that was a real baby. I was like WTF, these two producers must really take us for some kinda fools. How much would it have cost these two idiotic director producer or whatever they call themselves to use a real baby instead of some bunched up cloths to tell us thats a baby. I DONT RESPECT any of Frank Arase and Mumunis work cos they just blatantly tell us the audience they dont care about nothing else but the money they make from the movie proceeds - No depth no creativity no nothing. I cant wait till they get more competitors in Ghana and thank God for people like Shirley who is doing a good enough job, but we need more people. I will never take these two clowns, seriously. They are ridiculous.

I will be here the whole day talking bout the costume, the fake hair, jackies fake eyes, fake fake fake - but i wont waste my time, If you know jackie - you know what she wears in movies so just brace your selve plus hazel eyes and synthetic wigs on top of that.

Philippa Gregory needs to be paid some royalties for a stolen script.

Maybe your foreigner friends who like watching african movies and who are still stuck on the "Coming to America" Royal type nonsense may enjoy this movie and overlook to abundant flaws. As for me this movie will not be on my shelf taking space.

My Ratings:
5/10

PS:
I got my eye on these two main characters in the movie the king is mine
The guy who played the King
The lady who played his Wife - Lucky Lawson

I think they are"good" actors with great potential/

NOW ........

Frank Arase and Mumuni dont represent my country Ghana's best. They are just the only ones with money to produce movies how they want it to make the most money regardless of critics. I pray that more Ghanaian NAFTI (number 1 film training school) well trained alums who have all migrated abroad will return home and help the industry with the financial support of investors and banks and other organisation to help boost our movie industry.

Shirley Frimpong Manso who wrote/produce/ directed "Scorned", "Life and Living it" and as well as upcoming "The Perfect Picture" is doing a good job so far but we need more people like her, many of us are tired of Frank Arase and Mumuni and their one way theme movies.

If you want a nice Ghanaian produced/directed movie with great cast buy "Life and Living it". Our very own Shirley Frimpong Manso is giving the Frank/Mumuni Duo a run for their money. Shirley is making me so proud to be a ghanaian with the type of quality she produces.

I was impressed with Life and Living it and look forward to a Perfect Picture. I only hope she doesnt start copying other peoples scripts too like the Frank and Mumuni do. Though she just started I have a lot of hope in her to make us Ghanaians proud.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

UPDATE: Get Ready for Great Releases Summer 2009

My sincere apologies for not updating this blog in such a long time. Thats because a lot of the movies since 2009 begun has not been up to par - and i just didnt feel like reviewing any of them since i dont recommend any of them.

However brace yourself cos there are a few movies which are about to be released and i really look forward to reviewing them.

There are at least 3 movies starring Genevieve Nnaji (and yall know i dont sleep on that)

There are some other ones produced by Emem Isong (starring Genny, Nse and Majid) and some others by Tchidi Chikere (dont worry i spoke with him and the red dot will be gone - he upgraded his equipment thus better sound quality, picture quality and no red dot - but rest assured you have to endure his background singing - thats the new thing - and he will definately co star in it :lol: - if you dont like it leave it joh :lol)

Tchidi just wrapped up a new movie starring Majid Michel and Uru Eke - If you dont remember whom Uru is, she is talented beautiful actress who starred opposite Jim Iyke in "Widows Men" (which was also produced by Tchidi).

I am putting a lot of pressure on some producer friends to pair Uru with Yul Edochie, i dont know why but i just feeel they will have a great chemistry on screen, besides i am kinda yearning for new faces. Enough already with the Jim Iyke, Desmond Elliot and Van Vicker.

I need fresh faces and personally i think for up and coming ACTORS, Yul Edochie and Majid are the Next Best thing and we need to see them on screen - Eloquent, Articulate, know how to bring the character to life and on top of that a lil cuteness helps too - this 3-4 in one package is kinda rare cos lawd knows its only Jim, Desmond and Van thats been holding it up - they need to pass the baton to Yul and Majid.

This year i am also paying very close attention to USELESS producers and directors and will call them out and put them on blast if they dont improve on their work, We cant put all the pressure on the actors. Many of the actors have grown and improved yet we have all these yeye directors who cant challenge them enough and making them look bad. You wait, i got my eye on them.

Emem Isong, Lancelot Imaseun, Tchidi Chikere, and just a few others cannot be the only ones holding us up and giving us great entertainment, the other ones need to improve too and stop thinking of quantity instead of quanlity (whilst we on the subject lets congratulate our new producer/actor Desmond Elliot - look out for his new flicks starring RMD - yep i said RMD, and whilst we are on the subject again, I got confirmation that Behind Closed Doors is already in the making and will be released before the end of the year - HALLELUJAH - thank u Emem - no more pressure!)

This summer is surely jammed pack. I cant reveal all the movies coming out but in due time you will hear of them.

Since i have been so lazy updating this blog, i suggest you go to my sister girl Nolly

http://nollywoodforever.com/

She gives very great reviews and she updates a bit more often than i do.

ps: BTW an actress (friend) and I have been communicating and she wants me to manage her - she believes in me and appreciate my constructive criticism and honesty - she said "as much a movie addict and huge critic that u are no one can be honest with me and do it better than u". Even though i dont know what exactly a manager does, she believes in me to do a good job, so right now I am doing my homework, cos as u know i am a perfectionist, either i do it right or i dont do it at all. In due time u will know who am talking about. She has been featured in a few movies including one popular one watched all around the world. Lets just say she is 1) beautiful, 2) articulate, 3) eloquent and knows how to 4) bring the character to life, - the ultimate 4-in-1 - we the audience yearn for in nollywood.

HERE ARE A FEW TEASERS - starring Ini Edo, Mercy Johnson, Desmond Elliot and drum roll pleaaaaaaasseeeeeee RMD - yes! RMD i said. This is a Desmond Elliot production.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMF0iMPN5J8

and

GUILTY PLEASURES - starring Nse Etim, Mercy Johnson, Omoni ?, Majid Michel, Ramsey Nouah - produced by Emem Isong

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZCyUfIJPaA&feature=related

xoxo - double kisses to you all
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