by Azeezat Fadekemi Sulaiman
It’s been a good few years since I last saw a Nollywood movie, so getting the invite to see the screening of Obi Emelonye’s new film ‘Thy Will Be Done’, I was pretty excited. The film generated a lot of buzz not just because the stars were going to be attending the worldwide première in London (which was great of course), but more importantly because the venue of the première was none other than the BFI IMAX at London Southbank. The cinema with the largest screen in the UK, where no independent film has ever been premièred, so this was quite an achievement.
Over the last few years, the Nigerian film Industry- the second largest in the world in terms of output, has seen great improvement with films like ‘Mirror Boy’ and ‘Last Flight to Abuja‘ receiving rave reviews both at home and internationally, so this movie for me was going to be the proof in the pudding.
From the opening scene which showed Nollywood actress Mary Njoku (who co produced the movie with hubby Jason Njoku), spilling a drink over Jide Kosoko, I knew we were in for a treat. The cinematography was so good, it could easily rival any credible international production. Close shots and innovative angles were creatively used to capture actors emotions, and stunning aerial views of Lagos gave the city a sophisticated look that made even Maryland look posh.
As great as the picture quality was, I couldn’t quite get my head around the plot. The story of a Pastor (Ramsey Noah) inadvertently sucked into poligamy after his first wife (Mary Njoku), who was presumed dead for 7 years turned up alive after he had remarried another woman (Mercy Johnson). As incredulous as the story sounds, they managed to weave a compelling and gripping plot that had some stand out moments, particularly one with a psychotic Mercy Johnson beating the heck out of her husband.
There are familiar themes here from the old Nollywood, but it’s a far cry from the stale and uninspiring stereotypes that we’ve seen played over and over again in many Nigerian films.
Ramsey Noah delivered a sterling performance as usual with his smooth and casual style and Mary Njoku was faultless as the scorned woman trying to get her life back after being dealt a huge blow.
I wasn’t screaming for more as the credits rolled after the movie, but the good thing is I wasn’t eagerly itching to get out of there either. Another commendable feat from director Obi Emelonye who is fast becoming Nollywood’s messiah when it comes to internationally recognised blockbusters.