MOVIE REVIEW: BANANA ISLAND GHOST

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Spoiler Alert if you're yet to see this movie!!! #tongueout

Now, I usually hear of new movies via Instagram and I got to know about this movie via Chigurl's Instagram account. I actually thought it was a program or a food advert due to the name. It was later on I discovered it was a movie. To be honest, I wasn't moved by the trailer but as per I just completed my final year exams and needed to chill, I decided to go see the movie!

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CINEMA EXPERIENCE

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A friend of mine saw on my whatsapp status that I finished my exams on Friday. So, he proposed to take me out. I was super doper elated! He checked the time of the movie via filmhouse cinemas website and said I should meet him at Ventura 40 minutes before the start of the movie. As per we ladies take time to dress up, I took the whole time wearing ordinary jumpsuit and gisting with a friend in my room. When I arrived ventura, we had just about 10 minutes left before the movie. So, we couldn't talk much. I got to meet some of his friends and one of them exclaimed that I looked very fresh. Hehehe. Anyway, we got into the cinema but there were too many empty seats. It was the day of the premier in cinemas and it wasn't even sold out unlike Alter Ego and 10 Days In Suncity. I felt quite bad but I was determined to enjoy the movie notwithstanding. Did I enjoy it? You'll know at the end of this post.

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MOVIE REVIEW

PLOT

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The movie started out with a sick mother (acted by Uche Jombo) who was dying in the hospital. A nurse brings her son to meet her and she tells her son that she's about to go to heaven. The naive son asks if she would come back but she replies that she's not coming back. After the emotional exchange between the mother and the son, she passes away.

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The main movie starts off with a lady (acted by Chigurl) who is downtrodden because the only property her late father left, which is a mansion in Banana Island area of Lagos is about to be sold off to a billionaire poker player who is a Hausa man.She is left with just three days to pay up a balance of 18 million naira which her late father left as debt to the bank which led to his death. She takes up every form of job just to pay back the money including pick-pocketing. Asides from wanting to pay up her father's debt, she's also in need of a soul mate as her biological clock is ticking and she believes that if she gets a rich soul mate, he could help her pay up the money and thereby secure the house.

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On the other hand, there is an accident on third mainland bridge in Lagos and a guy dies and his ghost resurfaces. Unknown to him, he doesn't realize that he's dead as he tries to talk to people but no one can see nor hear him. It was not until God appears to him before he realizes that he's dead. After a quick conversation with God, they both go somewhere else to continue their conversation.

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God takes him on a ride in a boat on the sea. There, they talk about his being dead and how he needs to go to heaven. But he complains that he never had a soul mate back on earth and needs a soul mate before he goes to Heaven. God grants his request and tells him that the next time he would wake up, it would be beside his soul mate and he has just three days to make her fall in love with him. He also reveals to him that as a ghost, he has the power to disappear and appear anywhere. All he needed is to think of the place and he would appear there. God allows him to give it a try and he appears at Damilola Adegbite's bedroom and disappears back to God who is disappointed that of all places he chose to appear there.

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The D - day arrives and he finally appears beside his soul mate and they both freak out because neither of them meets the expectations of the other. His soul mate (chigurl) finally sends him out of her house and that begins their drama. The ghost would appear anywhere chigurl goes and this really freaks her out but she cannot complain because she's the only one who can see or hear him. If she's shouting at him in public, people would think she's mad because they can't see the other person.

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The Ghost goes back to God telling Him that his soulmate is a NO NO and that he didn't mention a fat lady but a slim and sexy lady like damilola adegbite. However, God dismisses him and tells him to go find love in her imperfections. The ghost is sad but instead decides to enjoy his last three days on earth by playing mischief with his ghost powers. From stealing a girl's ice cream to appearing again at damilola's room so as to see her nakedness and then, to catching fun at the University of Lagos where God finally appears to him again. This time, angrily and warns him to go amend his ways with his soul mate because she needs him badly.

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He finally goes back to meet his soul mate and they both try to make things work. Chigurl has a performance and is depressed and feels she cannot go. Another set back is that she has nothing to wear and some girls that call her 'hippo' will be there. The ghost disappears to a shop and gets her a flattering red gown and returns with it. She is elated by this and finally attends the occasion and sings 'Empty' by Cobhams Asuquo. After the performance, she and the ghost disgrace one of the girls who usually makes her feel bad. Due to all the ghost's sweetness, they finally fall in love and she talks to the ghost about how she needs to urgently pay off her father's debt to keep his house.

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The ghost suggests they go play some poker as he was a master poker player while he was still alive. However, he warns her that the poker club is owned by some bad guys in the industry. They eventually attend the club and are amazed by the beauty and display. The first round of the poker goes bad due to the distraction the ghost experiences as he was supposed to tell chigurl the right thing to play. On the second round, it goes well and they win all the money after she spoke to him to play from his heart not because of her but to prove himself worthy.

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Meanwhile, she had spoken to the Banana Island DPO, who is in love with her, to accompany her in case there is an attack. When she wins, the owner of the poker club who is also the one who wants to buy off her father's property gets very angry and decides to attack them. He sends his boys to attack and there is pandemonium in the club as everyone runs helter skelter.

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The DPO pursues the poker club owner and they attack themselves with an exchange of fire shots. Meanwhile, the poker club owner's mistress who is also a Ninja faces Chigurl and beats her up. The Ghost on the other hand attacks the armed men of the club owner and they are beaten up by the invisible ghost. After been beaten up, Chigurl regains her strength and pounces on the Ninja who she later discovers is from Awka.

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Unfortunately, the club owner shoots Chigurl and she dies. The Ghost comes back for her, sobbing heavily when God appears back to him and asks him how he expects to take his soul mate back to Heaven if she doesn't die. He tells God that he never wished for her to die. She is later revived when the DPO (played by saidi balogun) comes to her aid and she watches as the ghost and God returns back to Heaven. The Ghost tells her for the last time that he will always love her and then, disappears.

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Meanwhile, the DPO's boys. after displaying foolery, runs to meet his boss after the event and orders his boys into the building when everything had ended. THE END

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MY COMMENT

This is one of the best comedy movie I've ever seen in Nollywood..if not the best. It has the best VFX I've ever seen in Nollywood. Omo, the packaging tight for this movie! The lights, camera, sound and everyone's acting was super dope and top notch. I was very impressed by Akah Nnani's performance as a hilarious sergeant. He kept it 100! At the beginning, they tried very hard to impress with some off jokes. My friend called it dry jokes but as the movie continued, the real fun and enjoyment started. We all laughed and laughed at the cinema. At some point, I had to sit forward and refused to rest my back because I couldn't get over the funny scenes. It was that funny. And my oh my! the way the camera captured and emphasized things. The details! Y'all need to go see this movie to understand what I'm saying. If you want a serious movie, go see Alter Ego. However, if you want something that would ease the day's stress and would be worth your every dime, go see this movie. We had no choice than to give a round of applause at the end of the movie. This is  the first time we would ever clap after seeing a movie in Ibadan. The movie is that interesting! But it's my second time. The first time was when I saw 30 Days In Atlanta in Lagos at Silverbird Galleria. Trust me, you would thank me after seeing this movie and don't go alone if possible. Go with your squad. You will all have a good laugh!

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MOVIE SCORE

85/100

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Thanks For Reading!!!💗💋

EMETE

2 comments:

  1. I must go see this movie with this great score from Emete. Really nice review!

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    1. Lol. Thanks Tannison. Enjoy the movie! Its certified!

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