Director : Yemi Morafa aka FilmBoy
Starring: Miracle Iyanda, Jide Kosoko, Eniola Badmus, Frank Donga, Segun Arinze, Okey Uzoeshi and Ini-Dima Okojie
Genre : Drama/Comedy
Release Date : September 7, 2018
Awesome-O-Metre : 4.3/10
Revue of FUNKE
Funke is set in the late 1990’s and follows the life of the titular character (Miracle Iyanda) in her quest to become a footballer which was predominantly considered a man’s game. The film focuses on family dynamics, young love/crush and the game of football and what it means to be a footballer.
Right off the bat, Funke seemed to lack any real direction with so many events and characters thrown at us making it difficult for the audience to really appreciate the films angle. I understand that the idea was to set a background for the film to build upon but way too much was happening and so many characters were thrown into the mix suddenly that the film appeared congested. As the film progressed, I expected many of the characters to unravel and show their purpose but it was disappointing that many of them had no real value to the film, For instance, Frank Donga contributed little or nothing to the film and neither did Eniola Badmus- I recognize that they were put in for comedic value but you can’t just randomly throw people into a film and not expect to lose your audience.
Furthermore, Funke’s story takes place between 1996 and 1998 and the producers of the film decided to play it safe by shooting mostly indoors to help reduce the need for period props but when they ventured to shoot outdoors, the inaccuracies in the set and location designs were very obvious. For me that’s a big letdown because if the events of a film happened at a period, then you should put more effort in recreating the time. Furthermore, the conclusion of the film was quite disappointing and underwhelming specially as a lot of loose ends were left unresolved leaving me with a feeling of discontent.
Conversely, the highlight of the ﬁlm is the performance of Miracle Iyanda who was the titular character. I think she has great potential and could be groomed to be a star in Nollywood. She was a true natural and played her role effortlessly and her acting was so relatable that everyone feels that they know someone just like her. I am keeping an eye out for her.
The name “FUNKE” is one that evokes instant laughter in Nigeria especially with all the memes and jokes on social media employing that name, however, this film didn’t meet up to the high expectations expected of Funke. The Film’s purpose was to entertain and inspire but honestly, I wasn’t inspired or amused. Its showing in cinemas so when you see the film, let me know what you think in the comment below or on social media (Twitter and Facebook )
Have a great weekend.