Director : Patience Oghre
Producer; Wale Adenuga Jr
Starring : Sola Sobowale, Charles Okocha, Toyin Abraham, Chinwetalu Agu, Odunlade Adekola, Patience Ozokwor, Broda Shaggi, Ali Nuhu, Eniola Badmus, Papa Ajasco, Mama Ajasco, Pa James, Alinco, Miss Pepeiye, Ajasco, Francis Odega, Afeez Oyetoro, Nnenna, Desmond Elliot, Funky Mallam, Kenny Blaq, Ngozi Nwosu, Gentle Jack, Remi Surutu, Victor Osuagwu, Woli Arole, Yaw, Tayo Amokade, Klint Da Drunk and Segun Arinze
Genre : Comedy
Release Date : April 19, 2019
Awesome-O-Metre : 2.3/10
Revue of KNOCKOUT
Knockout follows the hilarious frenzy that overcomes the public when news of a boxing competition with a cash prize of One Billion Naira begins to make the rounds.
First of all, who designed the poster of this film? This film parades a galaxy of stars of over 20 Nollywood veterans, Instagram Skit makers, and someone thought it best to it all of them in the poster. I believe the producers are trying to sell the retinue of stars as the highlight of the film because there really wasn’t anything else in the film. Knockout boasts being the biggest and funniest comedy film- yes, it may be the biggest, but the funniest? Nah! The plot of the film is as hollow as the synopsis above because quite honestly, the film was made of so many skits that its difficult to really say what the plot and subplots are.
Papa Ajasco’s brand of comedy was the s**t back in the 80s but to see that the publishers of that iconic magazine recycling their old comics on the big screen in 2019 is quite a shame. I must confess that I am not a fan of this brand of clumsy comedy where comics get laughs by making fools of themselves, quite the contrary it embarrasses me. However, the fact that the producers had the audacity to go to cinema with this film means they have an audience and I have leant from films like Alakada Reloaded and the likes that there are people who will watch this film but if there are enough for the producers to turn a profit is another thing all together.
Other than the subpar plot, the production was really weak that one will be forgiven to think that the film was shot with a cheap camera phone. I think the producers were trying to stay true to the brand of comedy by de-emphasizing snazzy productions but this just made a bad film worse.
Papa Ajasco and Friends, Super Story and Ikebe Super were fantastic back in the day but we should have evolved to more modern type of comedy so Knockout Knocked me out cold with its boring plot, execution and overall feel. I respect the audacity to bring it to the big screen but Knockout should have just remained on their WAP’s terrestrial TV. What about you? Did you like Knockout? Leave me a line in the comment section or on Twitter and Facebook.
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