Director : Don Omope
Producer(s) : Don Omope
Starring : Chioma “Chigurl” Omerua, Bisola Aiyeola, Toyin Abraham, Toke Makinwa, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Akan Nnani, Josh 2 funny, Wofai Fada, Nedu, Daniel Etim Effiong, Greg Ojefua, and Charles Okocha
Genre : Drama/Comedy
Release Date : May 3, 2019
Awesome-O-Metre : 2.0/10
Revue of MAKATE MUST SELL
Makate Must Sell is about Chioma, a spinster in her mid-thirties who is being pressured by her nosy aunts to get married before the next family gathering in 2 weeks. So with the help of Toyin and Toke, Chioma starts the hunt for Mr right!
There are films that right off the bat, you can tell will be garbage and Makate Must Sell is exactly that type of film. If you are a regular visitor to tharevue.com, you will know that I refrain from using harsh language to describe films, but this film right here, is absolute trash. I can’t believe that despite the evolution of Nollywood, we still produce such juvenile excuses as comedy. Makate Must Sell is EVERYTHING wrong with Nollywood– Let me break it down;
Firstly, which genius thought to name this film “Makate Must Sell’? Am I supposed to laugh at the name of the film? So someone sat down at a desk, wrote the script of a film and thought “Hey! I will call this film Makate Must Sell because I am sure people will find it funny” How unimaginative.
Secondly, this plot is well worn. In the past one year alone, we have seen at least 3 films (like Isoken and She Is) that have towed the “unmarried 30 something year old girl under pressure” line. Of course, in Nollywood once a film records some level of success, every other producer begins to churn out similar films with the aim of replicating the successes of the preceding films. They forget that the cinema audience in Nigeria is small and prone to fatigue when bombarded with ever so similar film. Furthermore, will it be quintessential Nollywood flick without a watershed event such as a wedding? Ever since Wedding Party everybody feels the best way to buffer a film is by introducing a wedding (or funeral) ceremony to spice up the film. Sadly, the wedding ceremony in Makate Must Sell left so much to be desired.
There is this new Nollywood fad where Instagram “funny” people are featured in movies and I am here to tell you Nollywood producers that its rubbish! Many of these so-called comedians aren’t funny at all and many can’t act to save their lives. Makate Must Sell featured Josh 2 funny, Wofai Fada and Charles Okocha and all three of them may be funny individually, but a film cannot thrive based on individual comedy.
This brings me to the other cast members like Chigurl who is funny on her own, but side by side with Toke Makinwa is just a snooze fest. It’s audacious that Toke has made the foray into Nollywood but damn, the girl can’t act. Moreover, I think her role was entirely irrelevant. Furthermore, all the Cliche characters such as the illiterate trader and an Igbo money-miss-road suitor made appearances in Makate Must Sell. Seeing these overused characters was exhausting and insufferable.
Its disappointing that Don Omope (Tatu) can direct such an aberration which ensured I left the cinema feeling cheated out of my hard-earned money. Please let me know what you think of Makate Must Sell in the comment section below or on Twitter and Facebook.
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