[Movie Review] Journey To Self Featuring Nse Ikpe-Etim and Many More

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Director: Tope Oshin-Ogun

Writer: Ashionye Michelle-Raccah

Stars: Ashionye Michelle-Raccah, Katherine Obiang, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Dakore Egbuson-Akande, Tosin Sido, Chris Attoh, Kalu Ikeagwu, Femi Jacobs, Femi Brainard and Carol King.

MY: This is probably Kiki’s most anticipated Nollywood movie of all time. Nse Ikpe-Etim groupie like you.

Kiki: Now the world knows how you really think MY. Kids, ignore what you just read, okay?

MY: LOL…Please don’t tarnish my humble image.

Kiki: I don’t need to hun. You already did *shrugs*

Anyways, welcome folks to the review of Journey to Self.

MY: Did someone say ‘Lastmas’. Yes we know we deserve that title and apologies are in order for taking so long to review the movie.

Kiki: That’s exactly what I thought when you mentioned we would be doing this. But truth be told, the ‘Now Showing’ list at the movies is pretty much a snooze-fest in my opinion.

MY: Except Thor 2…which has been crossed out our to-do list

Kiki: And maybe The Butler…

MY: And Captain Phillips…

Kiki: Okay okay. We admit it. We have no excuse. Have mercy.

MY: Please don’t throw stones at us…

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The Synopsis

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JOURNEY TO SELF is an intense story of friendship, sacrifice, empowerment and self-respect which tells the story of four childhood friends, Nse (Nse Ikpe-Etim), Regina (Ashionye Michelle-Raccah), Alex (Dakore Akande) and Rume (Katherine Obiang Edoho) who lose a mutual childhood friend, Uche (Tosin Sido). Uche speaks through a series of letters which provoke her friends to open up on emotional baggage, as secrets and fears are revealed, leading to a journey of self-discovery. – journeytoselfmovie.com

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The Script

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M.Y: Firstly, Ashionye is a writer? A good one for that matter? That came to me as a surprise I must say. She simply is a multi-talented lady.

Kiki: I couldn’t agree more. There was more to this script than the subtlety of it all. I could sense the depth in virtually every scene.

M.Y: Journey to Self is a dialogue themed movie which relies on the power of captivating dialogue for it to be a success. I found the story told very interesting, different from what we are used to seeing from nollywood and emotional as I shed a tear or two. So, it brought out my feminine side, shoot me.

Kiki: Uh, everyone pretty much knew you had a feminine side. Remember the Top 11 Romantic Movie Scenes?

M.Y: *stammers* I have no idea what you’re talking about.

Kiki: Don’t worry, your secret’s safe with me. Alright back to the matter at hand. Journey to Self is the first ever Nollywood drama that actually depicts its genre. Nicely written, nicely portrayed.

MY: Even with a lot of flashbacks the continuity in the movie was solid. Very impressive.

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The Directing

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Kiki: The directing in this movie was in one word beautiful. I loved the choice of location. It was truly worthy of the portrayed house of a very rich woman. The shots and lightning were stunning. Big kudos to the director and cinematographer.

Kiki: Its great to see such lovely works coming from female filmmakers. It goes a long way to confirm the legendary saying, what a man can do a woman can do better.

M.Y: The only issue I had with this movie was the sound quality. I was watching this movie on a home theater system at first and then I found it difficult to hear the dialogues which was ruiningthe movie. I had to switch to headphones.

Kiki: Sound. That’s one aspect Nollywood so desperately needs to work on, but then the soundtracks, sweet. Especially at the burial scene. That was emotional and lovely.

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The Acting

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MY: Ashionye Michelle-Raccah’s portrayal of an abused woman who never the less was wise and mature was impressive. I think she cried a river in this movie. Kilode?

Kiki: Leave her be. She was in pain jare. Don’t judge. Remember how you used to wail when your momma spanked you?

MY: Okay, moving on. Katherine Obiang who was the loud mouthed, brave one of the famous five was indeed a strong actress in her role and probably gave the best performance in the movie.

Kiki: I loved how she switched between pidgin and queens’ english. Very dynamic.

MY: Nse Ikpe-Etim’s portrayal of Nse, why did she keep her name though? Was that deliberate?

Kiki: Cause she’s too fab she didn’t need her name changed. Not even for a solid script *sticking out tongue*

MY: Groupie. Kids, do you now see what I mean? Anyways, she succeeded in playing the role of the posh and well polished career woman who seemed to have it all under control. Dakore Egbuson-Akande’s portrayal of the ‘mumu’ (somewhat naïve) was perfect and in some scenes funny.

Kiki: Tosin Sido who hardly spoke much in the movie did communicate effectively with the audience with her superb narratives and facial/body expressions.

M.Y: Chris Attoh, Kalu Ikeagwu, Femi Jacobs and Femi Brainard showed us that men can take the sidelines gracefully. Topnotch supporting actors in their different roles.

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The Verdict

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MY: This is a Nollywood movie which I recommend for everyone to see.

Kiki: It has a strong message about self-discovery, being independent, standing up for yourself and never taking sh…sorry. Was caught up in the moment there.

MY: I would have been shocked if Kiki swore. Leave that to me next time dear. We understand. You’re forgiven.

The best part is the fact that the movie succeeds in communicating all these lessons effectively. It’s a Soda and Popcorn for me. I will most likely watch this movie again.

Sodas & Popcorn Rating4

Kiki: Nah. Once is enough for me but it sure is worth the rating. What’s your opinion guys?

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