I’m not a fan of watching Nigerian movies at the cinema. As a movie fan, I believe most of these movies should be sold at Alaba market, instead of wasting our time and money at the cinemas. Boring and sexist humor, lame characters, disjointed plots, and just doing too much tends to make Nigerian movies a mess at the cinemas. Imagine sitting down for over an hour in rage, watching a waste of a movie, when you would rather be at home selecting beans. 

When I read the review of Gold Statue from a movie review page, I was skeptical. I mean this same page recommended Chief Daddy which was thrash. The trailer didn’t do the movie justice either. I just didn’t understand the idea of the movie from the trailer which made no sense. Yet, I was willing to give it a try. 

Filmhouse Cinema, Dugbe was my destination that Tuesday. I purchased a movie ticket of N1100, popcorn worth N800, and a bottle of coke of N300. 

The turnout was more than I expected. I guess I was not the only one who was fascinated with what Gold Statue had to offer. 

The screen came alive and the movie began. Did it meet my expectation? No. It surpassed it! It was an amazing movie, which I wouldn’t mind seeing again. From the first scene to the last, it reeked of humor and professionalism. 

Humor tends to fade away in movies. And worse of all, it tends to be exaggerated in annoying ways where you force yourself to laugh. I have noticed the trend of using Instagram actors and comedians in movies, which only turn out to be a horror, with lame and obsolete jokes, leaving dry eyes. This was not the case for Gold Statue. The few comedians and actors who starred in it played their roles well. The humor was well controlled and not explicit. It just never dried out. 

Gold Statue lead actor, Gabriel Afolayan was magnificent. This is the first movie I have watched starring him and I enjoyed his performance. At a point I wanted to reach through the screen and give him a sound knock on the head. He made me laugh, he made me pissed. RMD, Sola Sobowale, Kunle Remi, Ali Baba and a host of other actors made the movie splendid. It was definitely worth my time and money. 

A Tade Ogidan movie, Gold Statue tells the story of a young man, Wale who in search of a legendary Gold Statue worth a fortune, goes to his hometown in search of it. He would do anything, and I mean anything to find the statue.

My only regret is the movie wasn’t publicized; it deserves all the attention it can get. If you haven’t seen the Gold Statue, it is a must watch, beating other Nigerian movies out there. In my opinion, this is the best Nigerian movie I have seen in years. 

This article was written by Tega A. Onobrakpeya; connect with her on IG here  

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