Remakes, remakes, remakes. Nollywood’s most interesting venture yet. The last three years have seen the rise of remakes of some of old Nollywood’s ‘classics’. These remakes are thanks to none other than the ‘remake king’ himself, Charles Okpaleke aka Charles of Play, the CEO of Play Network Africa. The production company has been the life source of some of Nollywood’s biggest movies in the last three years – Living in Bondage: Breaking Free, Rattlesnake; The Ahanna Story and Nneka The Pretty Serpent – which as you can tell are all remakes. Here’s my lazy but honest review of Tosin Igho’s Nneka The Pretty Serpent.
Following the death of her parents, Nneka (Idia Aisien) sets out to take revenge on the culprits as their identities are revealed by the Queen of the Coast who posses Nneka through a serpent. After their identities are revealed she goes on a killing spree avenging the death of her parents.
Let’s start off with the fact that I don’t know how I feel about this film. It wasn’t terrible but it wasn’t great either, it was genuinely just meh. I can’t rate it higher than 6 because there are just so many things to the films that make it bland in my opinion. The first thing was the length of the film. The film was two hours and nineteen minutes in total, which in my opinion that is one hour too long. I’m not opposed to lengthy films because I believe if you have a story that is so captivating and needs to be told in two hours, be my guest, tell it in two hours; but this story wasn’t one of them. The story felt dragged out and took too long to get to the climax which later came in 124th minute mark, which is extremely late. I felt killing six people was too much, especially when the plan was taking forever to execute and the kills has little to zero cathartic effect.
The film looked and felt familiar. Another thing I guess made the film a bit mediocre in my opinion was the look and feel of it. You know this thing Lagos restaurants do these days were they invest so much in aesthetics rather than quality food? yup that’s kind of how this film was. A lot of cool lighting, set design and cinematography to distract from the fact the film had no thrilling value (as it’s supposed to be a thriller/horror film). I don’t know if its just me but Living in Bondage: Breaking Free, Rattlesnake; The Ahanna Story and Nneka The Pretty Serpent all had the same feel, it’s almost like watching different versions of the same film.
I can’t lie I was extremely confused at first when watching this movie because there were so many things that 1. didn’t seem realistic and 2. didn’t add up. Okay so, I believe the essence of this film is to give some backstory to who Nneka is and how she has her famous powers but it hardly gives the viewers (me) any better understanding especially when the original Nneka (Ndidi Obi) plays the role of the queen mother. It’s also quite confusing because in the original film, Nneka (Ndidi Obi) is also involved with a man named Tony (Okechukwu Ogunjiofor) who has a girlfriend named Ify (Rita Nzelu). It’s easy to think okay this might be a the future where Tony (Kenneth Okoli) actually married Ify and she passes away – the storyline in the remake- but man it’s all so confusing to put together it’s even giving me headache. I actually give up.
This film like I said, has no effect on me. I don’t even want to think too much about piecing the storyline together because i’ll get frustrated and eventually develop headache from it. I really hope this is the last of the remakes because e don do. The film is available for your viewing pleasure on netflix, so feel free to watch and let us know if you’re as confused or indifferent about the movies as I am.