Let’s start with a jokey analogy.
Think of the Nigerian director as a girlfriend. Think of the Nigerian film as Indomie. The girlfriend is pretty and has great hair that seems to grow this side of a dream. She has a tricky dimple—a lovely, quirky thing that appears only on occasion and drives you wild when it does. She wants to entertain you, she wants you to give her money, she wants to prepare Indomie for you (personally I prefer pounded yam but let’s go on) Unfortunately, the Indomie is almost always soggy. For one reason: she leaves it to cook for too long.
For women, make that girlfriend a boyfriend and switch pronouns.
Many films have gone this way, giving viewers length, when weight is needed. In old Nollywood, the motive behind needless length was a lot clearer: they wanted to make the infamous part 1 to part 23. With new Nollywood, the motive isn’t quite so dishonourable. Sometimes it appears intentional: a screenwriter or director padding on the scenes to make a feature film of ‘respectable’ duration. Other times, the filmmaker misjudges the interest of certain scenes, giving more when less is enough.
With the film Just Not Married, it is a misjudgement not exactly from too many scenes but from ill-judged pacing. It is a flaw, but an interesting one – which in Nollywood terms is success of some sort.
The film opens properly when a young man nam ... Read Full Review