Mike Bamiloye has finally released the Season two of the BlockBuster, Abejoye. No doubt, it’s the best thing from Mount Zion in the last five years. That is in my opinion though.
Abejoye tells the Story of a Village Chief who travels to the United States- Texas to spend time with his Christian Son who lives there. His arrival there, however, is riddled with many controversies about his personal spiritual battles with his Village Chief rivals which also coincides with spiritual battles faced by his Son already.
The story wasn’t too complex, it also wasn’t too simple. It also could be predictable. It could be said to be very intriguing. There was a lot of attention to details in the story. While it could be easy to predict the next move, it also didn’t lose its suspense. For every part, it carried its own unique ending and made the story juicy.
Camera and Technique.
Technically, It wasn’t the best. The lighting was horrible. Left a lot of dark spots in the movie, they tried to correct it by Colour during Editing. But lighting itself is an art. They decided to use a lot of natural light and Room light which ended up horrible, more because those lights were fixed and couldn’t be moved. The Camera used was average though. But they covered for it in post. The Camera movements were perfect though. They got the right type of shots almost perfect.
The mistakes can be forgiven though considering that Mike Bamiloye said the film was unplanned for. Shot on zero budget and with available costumes. Available locations as well.
About the acting. Most of the actions were just average. Bambo Adeyi (Dedun) and Wole (Dele) were average. They overacted and underacted throughout. But in general, did well expressing the script. The children also were just reading lines, there were no emotions, they were no actors and didn’t even pretend to be one.
The Ten over Ten came from Mike Bamiloye himself. His acting was exceptional. He took a simple character and gave it n Oscar performance. He created so much expression through that character that you are so lost in that character.
His use of Yoruba idioms throughout brought so much life to the Character. He also successfully tried to be funny. His eye movements and body movements were in synch with his acting. It was almost like he didn’t write a script for his character and just flowed into it. Whichever way, he did absolutely great.
The Director was Mike Bamiloye himself, and he didn’t do a good job, most probably because he acted in almost every scene. He should have let someone else handle the Direction. While his acting was super, the other actors lacked the necessary life except for those in the Nigeria scenes which was directed by someone else.
There were also a lot of continuity gaffes. For example, in the scene where Dedun calls Dele to her house saying there was a complication in the abortion. When Dele enters the house, there is a picture of a couple hanging on the wall, I guess it is the couple who own the house they used, and when he comes down later, the picture is no longer there. Someone just remembered to remove that picture but didn’t remember to take the scene again or remove it in post-production.
Overall, it is a great film, shot with almost zero naira, it showed what can be achieved when the passion is right.