Director : Abba Makama
Producer(s): Abba Makama and Remini Makama
Starring : Seun Ajayi, Judith Audu, Tope Tedela, Ifu Ennada, Chiwetalu Agu, Ibrahim Jammal and Ozzy Agu’
Genre : Drama
Release Date : September 04, 2020 (Netflix)
Awesome-O-Metre : 6.8/10
Revue of THE LOST OKOROSHI
The Lost Okoroshi follows the story of Raymond (Seun Ajayi), a disillusioned security guard who is haunted by dreams of an ancestral Okoroshi masquerade. He wakes up one morning to find himself transformed into a mute, purple spirit and goes on an adventure in the sprawling city of Lagos.
The Lost Okoroshi is one film I have been looking forward to because there has been so much hype around it and because I am a big fan of Abba and his oddities. To this extent, the Lost Okoroshi does not disappoint because it is indeed a weird film that delves into African (Nigerian) mysticism particularly the ancient traditional practice of masquerading juxtaposed against modernity. This contrast is what give The Lost Okoroshi its charm. However, I must warn that this charm, like juju, does not “catch” everybody. What I mean is that this film isn’t for everyone as many who aren’t interested in afro futurism and the likes, will find it one bore fest and even those who are into such films will have to be patient as the first part of the film is spent setting up for final third of the film.
Another highlight of the film is the cast who did a fantastic job interpreting their roles. They portrayed their characters with finesse and I must specifically say my best character is Ozzy Agu who with his limited screen time as Elder Nwankwo, did an amazing job. You see, The Lost Okoroshi is a funny film but its humor is in its subtlety and the characters understood this and executed it perfectly. Also, another aspect of The Lost Okoroshi that I find appealing is that its full of metaphors and these metaphors are made obvious by some abrupt piece of editing and cinematography. The film is “joined” in such a way that it seems that scenes are just haphazard, but trust me, there is a method to this madness.
Though I enjoyed The Lost Okoroshi’s cinematography, I still think that many scenes of the film are kinda pretentious with the producers shrouding some rather lazy filming as eccentrics. The scene where Raymond is being chased by the Masquerades is a glaring example of lazy camera work and I am not sure if this is due to a lack of camera equipment to track the chase or that they just wanted to pass it off as an quirk, but whatever it was, I expected better.
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