Director :James Abinibi
Producer(s) : James Abinibi & Patience Lawal
Starring : Frank Donga, Toyin Abraham, Woli Arole, Jude Chukwuka, Chris Okagbue, Rotimi Salami, Adekunle Gold, Yaw
Genre : Comedy
Release Date : 23 December, 2016
Music Director : Wale Waves
Awesome-O-Metre : 3.5/10
REVUE OF MENTALLY
Mentally is about Akin (Frank Donga) a JJC from the village who is convinced by his friend to come to Lagos in search of the golden fleece, but as expected Akin winds up in a lot of trouble as things don’t go exactly as he thought it would.
From the premise above, it’s obvious that this isn’t quite a novel plot. The film starts exactly the way you would expect it to with Akin meeting some nefarious characters who derail him and lead him astray. But then something curious happens when suddenly Akin falls into the hands of a tribe who wish sacrifice him to their god.
To be honest there really wasn’t much to laugh at in this film because the scenes were cliched, stretched and seemed to be going with no real direction or conflict. For instance, the scene where he met up with the friends of his benefactor was like 20 minutes long and was absolutely unnecessary. Okay, maybe I am exaggerating the length of that scene a bit but it sure felt like 20 minutes because it just kept going on and on and on and I even managed a quick snooze only to return and find them STILL on that scene.
Furthermore, I like the idea of inserting a lesson against drug abuse into he film but to be honest, this lesson was lost in transmission. Usually, if a film wishes to pass a message, it must first fulfill its real purpose which is to entertain the audience, then pass the message. However, in Mentally, the audience wasn’t entertained and of course didn’t get that message. However, I must point out the effort of Toyin Abraham who seemed to be the highest point of the film, she was pretty funny. You will expect that Frank will headline the humor of the film but the script was quite bare and there really wasn’t much he could do with it.
I think Mentally would have best been shot as a short film (or a skit sef) where its message and humor can be compressed and delivered quickly. But if you wish to see it at a cinema in Nigeria, please, click HERE for discounted tickets and go see it. Afterwards, feel free to leave your comment in the comment section or on my Twitter or Facebook page and let me know what you think about it.
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