Being one of the most anticipated movies of 2015, Fifty was one movie I had to see to complete my list of Nigerian movies to see this year. After seeing the trailer which i considered undeniably enticing, i journeyed to the theatre with a very open mind for the best.
Fifty captures a few pivotal days in the lives of four Nigerian women at the pinnacle of their careers. Tola, Elizabeth, Maria and Kate, four friends forced at midlife to take inventory of their personal lives while juggling careers and family against the sprawling backdrops of the upper middle-class neighbourhoods of Ikoyi and Victoria Island of Lagos. They live and work in the resurgent, ever-bustling, 24-hour megacity of Lagos. The movie had a brilliant cast which consisted of heavy weights such as Ireti Doyle, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Dakore Akande, Omoni Oboli , Wale Ojo, Emmanuel Ikubese among others, the acting performances were top notch and didn’t fail to impress in any way, out of the leads Nse Ikpe and Dakore Akande stood out for me especially Nse who I thought was exceptional and very believable with her role. The movie was adeptly directed by Biyi Bandele (half of a yellow sun). The screenplay was tight and was written by Bola Agbaje, Kemi Adesoye and Biyi Bandele who are all professionals in the script department. The sound, cinematography and picture quality were wonderful, the production value of this movie was beautiful, it had the most eye catching and memorable aerial shots of Lagos, apparently that was one of the main purposes for this movie to show you ‘the Lagos Hollywood will never show you’ the movie also had musical guest appearances from King Sunny Ade, Tiwa Savage, Waje, Nneka and Femi Kuti, this brought a lot of entertainment to this movie, one I haven’t seen in anything from Nollywood. As always the movie wasn’t without flaws, one very notable fault in the movie was the ages of the casting choices among the leads aside Ireti Doyle, ages that apparently didn’t reflect the title of the movie which was the main reason the story was produced by Mo Abudu, this error sparked a lot of questions that left me confused and amused at the same time, an error that has been very common in the industry and again some of the scenes had unnatural dialogues seeming like a pre read.
Overall this movie was apparently a big budget movie which didn’t fail to impress the audience but like I always say, a little more attention to small details like the age of casting choices or simply changing the title to ‘forty’ or anything else but fifty would have made this movie a knockout, all the same, this movie is one that you should see if you still haven’t.