Surulere is one movie I have honestly anticipated since sometime last year when I saw some BTS photos and I mean it’s Mildred Okwo’s third film (I should have easily said second film but FYI, 30 days was her first, who knew?) but honestly the reason I wanted to see this movie was not because of the movie in itself, trailer and all but because of how much of a great movie ‘the meeting’ was, I mean Mildred had already carved a large niche for herself with that one but above all the MAINEST reason I had to see SURULERE was because of the heart wrenching and unbelievable review I had read were the movie was captioned a ‘disappointing pot of hot mess’ that review left me piqued and curious knowing well enough that mama glazed lens is not your average Nigerian get-rich-quick producer.
Surulere is a comedy that tells the story of a young timid graduate, Arinze (Seun Ajayi) desperate to beat his financial burdens in the process, he meets a financial go getter, Omosigho (Beverly Naya) their meeting shoots off a series of events that pressure Arinze into a get rich quick scheme. This movie was well directed by Mildred Okwo, it had very commendable shots of Lagos without necessarily choking us with any particular distraction (Lekki- Ikoyi bridge precisely), that was a breath of fresh air, Nollywood cinema goers will understand this, the angles at which many scenes were shot from was also a beauty to watch, the acting in this movie was top notch in every regard, Seun Ajayi didn’t remind us whatsoever that he was a new kid on the block with his AMVCA worthy portrayal of Arinze, another thing worth commending about him was he not trying hard to be funny though it was a comedy, that made his character more believable and hilarious and also a breath of fresh air that O.C Ukeje was not given the role, LOL. I won’t say I’m not a fan of Beverly’s acting though it should have been added to the story that she was a returnee from the U.K or something, she literally was trying too hard to sound Nigerian, Kemi Lala Akindoju proved herself worthy of Kunle Afolayan’s words, she was superb in her role as beauty and the landlady though I didn’t quite get why she played both roles, but for whatever reason, it was easy to overlook, Gregory Ojefua (the boss) was exceptional with his portrayal, Nwinna Nwigwe showed us how versatile he could be with roles and Tope Tedela’s fruity character was sure a hilarious one to watch though I felt he was a little uncomfortable with his role so that stiffened him a bit but hey!!! He was superb all the same. Rita Dominic who co- produced this movie graced us with a cameo without having to play a major role were she won’t fit in like majority of her counterparts in the industry who must play lead in their production regardless of the character’s specification that was quite remarkable to say the least. The screenplay written by Richard Odilu was far from banal and very relatable. The cinematography was not captivating however. The music scores in this one were just wonderful, every scene was well scored this added more value to the movie.
In all, Surulere is a wonderful piece of comedy that proves itself in its own right with a few easy to overlook goofs like the scene were the movie’s scripts are sprawled on the floor in the office, aside that, nothing was over the top and it is worth every piece of your money, it is nothing close to disappointing let alone a pot of mess. Go and see it and thank me later.