DIRECTED AND PRODUCED: FEMI ODUGBEMI
ACTORS: GIDEON OKEKE, HAUWA ALLAHBURA, TINA MBA, LEPACIOUS BOSE, BUKKY WRIGHT AND DANIEL LLOYD
It takes time for love to blossom. Most times love influences. Men can be heroes and also be afraid; they can also be confused and be balanced. Nollywood does not always offer us such experiences. The love is either going on before the film begins, or boy meets girl and they are already in love. Gidi Blues is different. We have seen so many films that try to tell women to be better; Gidi Blues uses its female character to influence the perception of the male lead on life.
Akinola (Gideon Okeke) is a reckless playboy; his mother is not a fan of his lifestyle and of his friend Jaiye (Daniel Llyod).
Nkem (Hauwa Allahbura) and Simbi (Lepacious Bose) are friends and business partners. They visit the market and a thug snatches Nkem’s bag. Akin watching, decides to help the lady, he ends up in a den of thieves, he realises the risk he got involved in, but it does not stop him. From there, a bond of friendship is formed and with every scene we experience the growth of this friendship blossom into a relationship that is healthy. A relationship that does for Akinola what his mother has always wanted him to be- be less reckless. Nkem is also a volunteer for a community work in one of the worst slums in Lagos, and Akin is not used to that kind of lifestyle. The story is in two folds, Simbi is insecure about her weight and trying to get the attention of Jaiye, she can’t seem to find love because of her weight.
It is an impressive script. It gives an unusual and mature take on relationships and how people evolve as we see with Akinola. Nkem influences him; she changes his perception on life, with her grace. That being said, the script should have paid as much attention to Simbi and Jaiye, that’s where the film would have turned gold. The pretty, slim girls always get the handsome guys, but what about the plus sized girls? While the script writer allows one story to grow, the other does not.
When there is a good script, interpretation is important or the whole attempt sinks. There was a lot of colourful acting in Gidi Blues. Gideon Okeke gives a staggeringly good performance, he never fails and it is always a delight to watch him. Lepacious Bose (Simbi) was comical but not over the top. Hauwa Allahbura was pretty as her character was supposed to be, but her delivery was quite slow for the role she was playing, she had the pretty girl face but not the pretty, delightful acting. Nancy Isime as Carmen was commendable, beautiful interpretation! She ends up the winner in the whole film, such good acting! Give Tina Mba thirty seconds on screen and she will make you dream of her incredible acting. Banky W also makes a cameo in the film; he performs his famous track “Yes/No”.
It had a commendable storyline, as well as a commendable production design. Beautiful composition of shots, each scene gives meaning to the next; no scene in this film will bore you. It is a skilful interpretation. The choices of locations are impressive and also intimate in projecting the objective of the film. The marketplace where we meet Akinola’s mother (Bukky Wright) and where Nkem’s bag is stolen is probably the film’s best attempt at making a realistic work of art and my favourite scene. It falls in place, we see stalls, shops- we see the market but everybody in the market seems to be part of the action and not just mere spectators of cameramen and the actors. There is a lot of upbeat action in the market. It will make you eager; it will spark an adrenaline rush. When we add the visual elements of the film and the rhythm that sets the atmosphere for the film- I just love it!
It is not all perfect, though; editing errors almost ruined the whole attempt. More attention could have been paid in the post-production stage. There were many hitches with editing. It could have been a perfect film if not for the texting errors. For example, we see one thing on the screen being sent on this side and when it gets to the other side we see a different message. It was quite distracting. When Akinola and Nkem take a boat ride to the slums, we see more of this editing hitch, a little more attention from the continuity personnel and from the editing room could have been enough to save the film of these errors.
Gidi Blues is a beautiful film, it will calm you, make you laugh in some instances and above all exposes beautiful scenery that will keep the viewer eager even when there is a distraction close by.