OCEAN’S 8: How Much Longer Will It Take Nollywood?

If you are a huge fan of The Big Screen, you probably would be conversant with the Ocean’s trilogy:  Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen. If not, that’s why I’m here: to let you know. And just when we thought we’ve seen all there is about the Oceans, another quite independent act was added to the series. Here we have it… Ocean’s Eight.

It was directed by Gary Ross and starring Sandra Bullock as Debbie Ocean, alongside her carefully selected seven henchmen, (or do I say, “henchwomen”in this case (laughs)?) namely: Cate Blanchett as Lou, Helena Bonham Carter as Rose Weil, Mindy Kaling as Amita, Rihanna as Nine Ball, Awkwafina as Constance, Sarah Paulson as Tammy and Anne Hathaway as Daphne Kluger.

For an organised crime that took 5 years, 8 months and 12 days to plot in a prison cell, Debbie Ocean didn’t intend leaving any stone unturned in her revenge scheme as she ensured all hands were on deck to pull the biggest heist at the most unusual of places– The Met Gala.

You know, each time I hit the cinemas or see a non-African movie locally, one thought often makes its way upstream. And that is: When will Nollywood pull a great production such as this?

Drawing comparisons from the all-female heist gang of Ocean’s 8, I do not think any feminine gang of this magnitude has been pulled off by any African film house.

Not yet! (I stand corrected though)

The closest we’ve got was the portrayal of the Dora Malaje warriors of Wakanda, which you would agree with me, was not from African, not to say, Nigerian film makers.

Not dissing Nollywood in any way, I could say that the taste bud often leaves a bland feeling of dissatisfaction from seeing movies with reinvented storylines and predictable scenes, and sometimes, you just know the actors that would feature in a movie just by the movie title. Hmmm. Prediction much! Just so our producers know, the younger masses have a huge hunger for more sublime movie productions from Nollywood and they will be so delighted to be associated with it or promote it, even.

Nollywood isn’t entirely bad. At least with the inclusion of interesting web series and cinema-worthy movies, one could still afford a nice cinematic experience. Kudos to the millennial movie production houses that have risen to the challenge of taking Nollywood to where it ought to be. However toddling these steps are, they are highly recognized.

So, much sooner than later, Nollywood will beam in a whole new different, yet, bright light.

Are you a beliver?

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