Its the year 2014 and I am sure we are all excited we made it. Happy new year to everyone and make it memorable in a positive way.
I welcome you all to today’s episode of the Year In Review which is Sodas & popcorn’s Top 7 Nollywood Movie Trailers Of 2013.
Trailers are very important marketing mediums for a movie. Your trailer could make your movie a box office hit, or a flop so its a big surprise to me Nollywood movies haven’t started taking it seriously. The truth which I probably shouldn’t say is this was supposed to be a top 10 post of trailers released in 2013, but to get “just three” worthy movie trailers to make it a top 10 was a really difficult task so I settled for 7. So, I will be glad if anyone reading this knows of a movie trailer which should have been on this list but isn’t.
So, that said, let the fun begin as we unveil the best trailers of 2013 from the least to the best. Enjoy.
7. Journey To Self
At number 7, we got Tope Oshin-Ogun’s Journey to self. (Read the review here)
From the trailer, we can tell that all the lead actresses seem to have some challenges in their lives which will require a journey to self discovery for each of them to over come their challenges. The trailer is a nicely done piece which needs little explanation to be understood and shows some beautiful shots and cinematography to look out for in the movie. It also does a good job in telling the plot of the movie. The movie itself is a must watch which touches on very sensitive issues which women face.
At number 6, we have the Dayo Amusa produced and Desmond Elliott directed Unforgivable. The trailer tells the story of a lady who goes against the advice of all her friends and gets into a relationship and eventually marries a man who she wasn’t supposed to. Years down the line, he becomes abusive and obviously she regrets her decision. The best thing about the trailer was the soundtrack, the audible voice of the actors and the well pieced together story. We could tell that the origin of her obsession/love for Damola was the fact that she lost her virginity to him and we didn’t need any voice over to get any of these details. It was also interesting to see Mike Ezeronye speaking fluent yoruba and good acting from the cast of the movie.
5. Half Of A Yellow Sun
At number 5, we have Half Of A Yellow Sun directed by Biyi Bandele based on Chimamanda Adichie’s book with the same title. The movie features a lot of popular names such as Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Genevieve Nnaji, Onyeka Onwenu and the list goes on. The half of a yellow sun trailer, although a bit lengthy is the most vivid description I have ever seen of one of the most defining events in the Nigerian history, the civil war. It is intriguing, suspenseful and detailed. I long to see this movie.
4. Mother Of George
At number 4 we got Andrew Dosunmu’s Mother Of George. The most impressive thing about this movie is the cinematography. Its a lovely feast for the eyes. The wedding scene was a colorful display of the rich yoruba culture. The music was a perfect choice for the story and the acting seems outstanding. This is another movie that has been on my waiting list forever. Can’t wait to see it.
3. Dazzling Mirage
At number 3 we got the trailer for Tunde Kelani’s Dazzling Mirage which is one of the most anticipated movies of 2014. The dazzling mirage trailer begins with a vital piece of information about sickle cell which I didn’t even know was still that rampant in Nigeria. Not only is Dazzling Mirage informative, it is also entertaining and emotional. The choice of music suits the story and the acting is top notch. Dazzling Mirage features a lot of A list stars such as Kunle Afolayan, Kemi Lala Akindoju, Taiwo Ajai Lycett, Yomi Fash Lanso, Bimbo Manuel, Ayo Badmus, Tosyn Bucknor and Carol King. Dazzling Mirage should be released in the first quarter of 2014. We await eagerly.
2. October 1
And at number two, we got Kunle Afolayan’s October 1. Probably one of the most expensive Nollywood movies ever made boasting of a budget of about 2 million dollars, we shouldn’t expect a poor trailer from someone of Afolayan’s reputation. Already, the trailer for October 1 has already won an international award (details here). The trailer shows some really impressive shots, brilliant cinematography, talented cast and perfectly timed for a trailer and definitely raises the audience’s curiosity for the movie slated for a release in the first quarter of 2014.
And the number one trailer of 2013 is non other than Stephanie Okereke Linus’s Dry. Is anyone surprised? Well, you shouldn’t. After all, her husband’s company is an affiliate of NYFA so getting professional hands on her project couldn’t be so difficult.(I hope my assumptions aren’t offensive or off point). The trailer for Dry was released in the middle of the ‘Child Not Bride’controversy which rocked the Nigerian social media circuits in the late parts of 2013. Dry tells the story of child marriages and how it can have negative impacts on children forced into marriages at premature ages. The trailer is emotional(I had goose bumps watching this), intriguing, suspending, well edited, informative, well timed, features a talented cast especially Liz Benson who we haven’t seen for a really long time. If the movie is as good as this trailer looks, then we have have a classic on our hands.
So folks, there you have it, Top 7 Nollywood Movie Trailers Of 2013. For other movies in the series, visit http://www.sodasandpopcorn.com/category/year-in-review/.
Have you got comments and reactions to this list? Please feel free to drop them below. Happy new year once again.