Frank Thoughts On Mo Abudu’s “Fifty” Movie
By Femi Akintunde-Johnson (FAJ)
I watched “Fifty” on EbonyLife TV recently….and was mildly impressed! First, the cast was top notch… well, I’ve always liked the acts – and they didn’t spoil their reputations with “Fifty”.
“Fifty” is predictably about four friendly women in their 50’s, or close to it – living their lives “anyhow” they like! Typical soft-headed script that’ll resonate with habitués of VGC, Parkview, Banana Island and such plateaus of ease and frills.
EYE ON THE LEADING LADIES…
Elizabeth (Iretiola Doyle) is a philandering mum, famous obstetrician and a strangely upright friend…with a daughter, Sade (Uzor Osimkpa) gravely traumatized by her mum’s peccadillos.
Acting/Interpretation/Techniques = 65%
Tola (Dakore Egbuson-Akande) – the spoilt super diva with a larger than life ego, inelegant ‘basket mouth’ and horribly maimed by a family tragedy… thoroughly unstable but awkwardly generous.
AIT = 62%
Maria (Omoni Oboli) – slightly complex and tentative – successful executive yet beguilingly insecure. Hates children but pregnant for her friend, Tola’s hubby, Kunle (Wale Ojo).
AIT = 60%
Kate (Nse Ikpe-Etim) – a luckless party partner working with the choleric Tola… A prayer-warrior nursing a scary cancer condition…and tolerant of a semi indolent husband, Chike played by Kachi Nnochiri who seemingly doesn’t even know how to ‘sleep’ well! Nse has effortless mood transitions and facials made for agonies!!
AIT = 65%
Some of the minor cast effortlessly compliment the leading squad: Taiwo Obileye (the useless billionaire father of Tola); the flaky, spineless “dress” that goes for Tola’s mom; her brother/son who may be her real-life brother, Jamal (Timini Egbuson), and the young miserable producer of Tola’s reality drivel, Sade (Uzor Osimkpa).
Lala Akindoju is grossly underutilized as Chi Chi, Maria’s maid!
The student gigolo, Sammy (Emma Ikubese) needs to go back to acting school, if he missed it – or stick to Mr. Nigeria type of “cat-walking”!!
The high-grossing flick (reportedly nicked N94m) touted “romantic drama” was directed by writer, Biyi Bandele and exec-produced by the self-styled queen of talk-shows, Mo’ Abudu (for EbonyLife Films). It was released late in 2015 (December 18).
And the high-octane sprinklings of superstars, KSA and Femi Kuti, including others like Tiwa Savage, Waje and Nnena, are provocatively in-your-face!!
The scenic interplay of locales, cinematography, femme fatale, glamorous props, star-power and the pervasive air of ridiculous wealth and indulgences…. (rather than the scripts)… uplift what would have been an ordinary work of extraordinary mix of talented people.
Cumulative Rating: 60%
Which is the next one?