In the last decade, the Nigerian movie industry, popularly known as ‘Nollywood’, has experienced a complete makeover from the boring and unrealistic to noveau, well scripted representation of the times.
More Nigerians and in fact the world, have begun to enjoy the powerful messages from our Nigerian movies. Here are the top movies from Nollywood, according to critics’ review.
- October 1:
A movie by the award winning filmmaker, Kunle Afolayan, which sparked a lot of discussion about the Nigerian movie industry, ‘October 1’, tells the story of the murder of virgins and a police officer’s quest to find the murderer. Said to be a high budget movie after ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’, budget was earmarked at three hundred and thirty billion naira, which is about two million dollars. Critics applauded Kunle Afolayan’s superb directing and the message of the movie, with Toni Kan of ‘Thisday’ applauding the thought provoking questions, which were raised by the movie. Critics have called it a ‘David’ killing ‘Goliath’, which is a reference to it being better directed and scripted than the costlier produced ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’.
- Half of a Yellow Sun:
A movie adaptation of the novel by Chiamanda Adichie, directed by Biyi Bandele, ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ was met with mixed reactions from critics. While some felt the movie was a poor interpretation of the book, failing to create the emotions created in the book, others felt the movie created its own emotions. Still, as a high budget movie, earmarked at three hundred and forty million, which is about 2.1 million dollars, ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ remains a great movie applauded by critics for giving a whole new status to Nollywood. Leslie Feleprin of ‘Hollywood Reporter’ writes that, the movie ‘”is the kind of ambitious literary adaptation that wants it all kinds of ways, not all of them compatible” and “the script is studded with great leaden lumps of expository dialogue”.
The movie directed by Izu Ojukwu received international acclaim, as a movie with commendable aspirations, poised to make bigger impacts more than its limited budget allowed. It is set against the backdrop of a new Nigeria after the civil war, where Nigerians began to play down on the tribal discrimination and saw each other as a people. The ‘Playlist’ commends ’76 as a political drama successful in introducing Nollywood cinema to a western audience.