[Movie Review] Funke Fayoyin’s The God’s Are Still Not To Blame

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Director: Funke Fayoyin

Screenwriters: Based on Sophocles’s Oedipus Rex and  Ola Rotimi’s The Gods are not to blame.

Stars: Carol King, Ireti Doyle, Dele Odule, Bayo Alawiye, Yemi Elebuibon, Seun Akindele, Nobert Young, Gabriel Afolayan, Bukky Ajayi, Akin Lewis, Moji Olaiya, Kareem Adepoju, Funso Adeolu, Gloria Anozie-Young.

Whenever I skip through the pages of magazines or webpages and find a caption saying a certain classic novel or play is soon to be adapted into a movie, I am mostly pessimistic about how it will turn out. Such was the case of The gods are still not to blame. So, after taking time out to see the flick, this is my opinion of the movie.

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The Script

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The gods are still not to blame is a modern dramaturgical experiment (as the makers of the movie call it) adapted from Sophocles’s  epic Oedipus Rex, which was then picked up and adapted into a novel by Ola Rotimi and titled “The gods are not to blame” and finally picked by Funke Fayoyin and made into this movie and here we are. The movie explores the concepts of fate, faith and our roles as individuals in deciding our destinies.

Nicolas Payne is a soldier recently posted to Nigeria. Series of events lead him into a relationship with a much older woman, who also happens to be a Queen, which then have chaotic repercussions in the future.
Firstly, I must say, this was a well written script. I hardly noticed any flaws in the story telling. Asides a few prolonged and unnecessary scenes.

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The Directing

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The director as well as the cinematographer, the sound designer and the Director of photography did a good job, to me. The choice of locations for each scene seemed to blend well with the dialogues and as much as this is a story I am very familiar with, it felt new and different and had me tensed at the climax of the movie (kind of reminded me of the feeling I had while watching Argo). That said, the trailer, as good as it was, kinda gave off the entire story. Yeah, we know the movie is based on the books, but then leaving some things to our imagination and letting us find out by waiting till the last 20-30 mins of the movie wouldn’t have been such a bad idea.

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The Acting

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I said something about being pessimistic earlier on. But what really changed my mind about this movie was the trailer and the cast in the movie. A Class, that’s how I can describe them. Carol King, Ireti Doyle, Gabriel Afolayan, Akin Lewis, Dele Odule, Segun Akindele and so on. So what do you expect with that kinda cast? It also felt really nice seeing Gloria Anozie-Young on screen after a really long time, all except one impressed me, Bayo Alawiye (Nicolas) the main act ironically was the least satisfying to me. His facial expressions still need more drilling. His acting wasn’t believable.

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The Verdict

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This is no doubt a Popcorn and Soda. I absolutely recommend this for all Nollywood lovers and every good movie lover. It has all the elements of being an AMAA and AMVCA nominee or an eventual winner later this year.