A few days ago, I was chatting with my childhood friend/friend of the blog and this movie came up. After scoring it quite low, she said she would like to read my take on it.
Here it is Kiks, hope you enjoy it.
Man Of God tells the story of a man who forsakes his harsh religious upbringing to live his own life. He, however, remains caught between the world and the faith he left behind. Samuel is the first son of a disciplinarian pastor who finally liberates himself from the abuse of his father.
So desperate was he to separate himself from his upbringing that he eventually found himself in a web of deceit. He found himself in an emotional, spiritual and material web that was threatening to strip him of everything he had achieved. What will be the ultimate fate of Sam’s soul?
Produced by Bolanle Austen-Peters, James Amuta and Joseph Umoibom, Man of God stars, Akah Nnani as the lead character – Samuel.
The movie also stars Osas Ighodaro, Prince Nelson Enwerem, Dorcas Shola Fapson, Atlanta Bridget Johnson, Patrick Doyle, Jude Chukwuka, Eucharia Anunobi, Shawn Faqua, Mawuli Gavor, Olumide Oworu also feature in the movie.
I always like to point out that I’m not a film critic, my opinion is just personal, this is not a professional review. That said, I think the cinematography and lighting were very good, this is normal with any Bolalanle Austen Peters’s movies though.
Any Christian who studies the bible or at least paid attention in Sunday school will quickly realise the inspiration for this movie. The story of the prodigal son is one of Jesus’ most profound parables. It is probably well known and accepted because it’s a story of redemption. A story that really resonates with most people of faith, don’t we all stray from the pack every now and again and then stagger back with our tails between our legs? It definitely resonates with me and I always embrace this old story in all its variations.
The movie had some add-ons, it picked on some other worrisome social vices – the issue of child abuse and religious manipulation. The movie, therefore, held so much promise as it was exploring topics that most people don’t dare to touch.
Child abuse is frowned upon in most sane societies, people are quick to call out abuse of a child by non-members of their family. The form of child abuse that is not getting the attention it ought to be getting is the abuse of a child by their parent. This form of abuse is quite prevalent in Nigeria and has left most people scarred but it has been sugar-coated under discipline.
Discipline itself is not bad, it is necessary for a good upbringing, but at what point does discipline become abuse? Who puts a stop to discipline when it is out of control?
In Samuel’s case (the movie), the abuse comes in the form of discipline from his strict dad who happened to be a prophet. His mum was concerned but was unable to raise any serious objection. The consequence of which almost destroyed the family. I was quite disappointed at the end of the movie because this serious issue was not properly addressed. It was actually almost justified! It felt like they promised so much and then gave us nothing!
The movie was successful in highlighting the perversion that is existence in a lot of Nigerian churches. It exposes this worrisome trend by making it clear that they are bad foxes that spoil the vine. I like how the lead character had to face the consequences of his actions.
The casting was very good. I was quite excited to see Eucharia Anunobi in her element as mummy GO. Jude Chukwukwa is such a fine actor, I’m happy Nollywood is giving him more visibility. Akah Nnani played his part brilliantly as did Patric Doyle, Osas and most of the others.
Now, Dorcas Shola Fapson! I’m not sure she embraced the role perfectly. I understand the character was a YOLO (You only live once), live life for the moment – happy-go-lucky character. I feel she was just too casual about it. She wasn’t convincing enough.
Then there’s heartthrob – Mawuli Gavor. I find his acting so mechanical, always the same, like he doesn’t put much effort 🤷🏾♀️.
All in all, the movie wasn’t too shabby. I think the cinematography and costume really helped. It almost covered up the holes in the movie. It felt like we were hypnotized until you finish watching and start thinking okay, how did this, how did that😂😂😂. The movie had so much prospects but couldn’t deliver on all. I’ll give it a 6/10
I hope I’ve not done what I just accused the movie of doing. I feel like I rushed through this blog but I don’t know what else to add.😂😂
See you later. 😘