Director :Toka Mcbaror
Producer : Ayo Makun
Starring : Ayo Makun, Folarin (Falz) Falana, Jim Iyke, Nancy Isime, Richard Mode-Damijo, Ramsey Nouah, Lilian Esoro
Genre : Romance/Comedy
Release Date : September 28, 2018 (Nigeria)
Awesome-o-Metre : 4.9/10
Revue of MERRY MEN:THE REAL YORUBA DEMONS
Merry Men- The Real Yoruba Demons stars Falz the Bad Guy, AY Makun, Ramsey Nouah and Jim Iyke as the Merry Men who are Abuja’s most eligible bachelors but living double lives as notorious criminals who are about to pull off a big heist to take down a corrupt politician.
The star studded Merry Men- The Real Yoruba Demons came to cinemas to fanfare off the back of one of Nollywoods biggest marketing campaigns that culminated in the Agbada Challenge and is poised to be one of the biggest films this year. However, the anticipated huge success of Merry Men- The Real Yoruba Demons will not be because of the ingenuity of the plot because the plot is bogus but just like Crazy Rich Asians, it will be a success because of the films display of affluence. The producers of this film spared no production expense in their choice locations with beautiful women littering the place and not forgetting the exotic vehicles while the actors were garbed in regal attires.
Furthermore, Merry Men- The Real Yoruba Demons is going to be a hit because of the army of superstars in the film such as Damilola Adgbite, Ireti Doyle, Jide Kosoko, Ireti Doyle and Osas Ighodaro Ajibade – who won’t want to see a film with this assembly of stars? All the actors gave fair performances but I am still unconvinced with AY’s acting with his “Warri” personality that doesn’t appeal to me and didn’t fit into the sophistication of this film. Another thing that irked me was that Falz who is supposed to be a hacker just kept slapping the keyboard and nothing was happening on his monitor. It was quite embarrassing to watch.
Merry Men is however plagued with some serious continuity issues. Particularly, there were these 2 scenes that were supposedly taking place concurrently but it was obvious that one scene was shot in the day time, while the other was shot at night time. Not sure why they didn’t think we will spot that. The continuity issues were compounded by the producers trying to stuff so many (unnecessary) scenes and actors into an already crowded film thereby giving the whole film a disjointed and uneven feel. Also, the attempt to downplay the fact that the movie glamourized stealing by trying to sneak in the fact that the Merry Men only steal from corrupt politicians ( like Robinhood) was unconvincing.
AY has (again) managed to pull off a film with mass appeal due in no small part to the salvo of stars and affluence deployed in the film. I am curious to see how much the Merry Men will make in the box office because I anticipate a monster payday for this film. If you do see Merry Men- The Real Yoruba Demons, please leave me a shout in the comment section below or on Twitter and Facebook.
Have a great independence day celebration!