Revue of 8 Bars And A Clef
Ibk Spaceship Boi is Victor, a musically gifted kid with dyslexia who along with dealing with his deficiency has to deal with the challenges of his sudden rise to fame that is threatening to rip apart his professional and personal life. Bimbo Akintola is Victor’s Mother that maltreated him because of his stepdad (Ade Bantu). Kehinde Bankole is Gabby, Victor’s sister and the only person who believed in him, while the beautiful Linda Ejiofor is Vanessa, Victor’s manager and love interest.
Firstly, how is 8 Bars And A Clef not the coolest name for a movie you have ever heard? whoever came up with that name should be slapped with a bottle of Star and Nkwobi.
The acting in the movie was commendable as Linda Ejiofor, Wale Ojo and veteran Bimbo Akintola brought their A Game. Surprisingly, the only person that seemed a little out of place was Ade Bantu ; something about his role felt ill fitting, maybe that’s because his role was trivial to the movie.
The shots and camera angles were fairly decent but you will need to ignore the occasional blurry shots when the actors go out of focus. I must point out that I was impressed with the time lapse shots; very very nice!
The story line was impressive and pretty easy to follow and will appeal to audiences while the hip-hop soundtrack was also very likable. However, for a movie with a music theme, there was little or no music in it. I hear Ibk is a pretty decent artist, so I am not sure why the producers made him simulate singing rather than just letting him sing.
Talking about simulation, I did notice the romantic scenes between Ibk and Linda were simulated. Look, the Nigerian audience are no longer easily deceived when actors block our view with their shoulders to simulate kissing. I have always been of the view that such romantic scenes have little or no benefit to the overall storytelling and could easily have been done away with. You either do it and do it well or you dump the idea altogether.
Lastly, why do we always resort to text at the end of movies to explain the resolution of the conflict? Does this have to do with bad script writing or lack of creativity to close the movie?
Anyway, despite the awful sound engineering, the movie was interesting and enjoyable and is evidence that our local productions are getting better with each production.