Lol, during Christmas I got to watch the ‘Mirror Boy’ with a cousin of mine and guess what she said after seeing the movie…
is the dumbest movie I have ever come across, no more Nollywood movies
for me in 2014, rubbish” and I burst out in laughter. The truth is, it wasn’t that bad, bad, bad but it was ridiculously dumb!
It is one of those movies that you watch and then sigh when the casts starts rolling.
Our movie of the week is Obi Emelonye’s award winning ‘Mirror Boy’ which stars Geneveive Nnaji, Osita Iheme and Edward Kagutuzi.
Mirror Boy is a not-so-interesting movie which begins with Tijan ( played by Edward Kagutuzi), a 12 year
old British-Born African boy residing in West London, he is involved in
a fight which marks a pivotal point in his life.
mother Teema (played by Genevieve Nnaji) decides to take him to their
native Gambia so that he can appreciate his African Heritage. (The first ten movie scenes were actually funny and interesting)
On getting to Gambia, he experiences Africa in a way
that he did not expect…..that’s where the movie stopped making sense, it stopped being realistic!
On their first night, a boy appears to Tijan in the mirror (Osita
Iheme) but no one believes Tijan’s cry for help.
Bent on completing her plan of
settling Tijan in with her sister, Teema begins the trip with him.
However, disaster strikes when Teema discovers Tijan missing in a
crowded market. Tijan has apparently seen Mirror Boy whom he follows on a
The first thing about The Mirror Boy is that it is different from
your usual Nollywood fare. It deals with issues that aren’t always found
together in one package.
There’s talk about the importance attached to
the umbilical cord. Tijan’s had been buried in a forest by a father
who’d barely accepted responsibility for his conception. But Tijan must
now make the journey back home.
The journey takes the Mirror Boy and Tijan through forests and
Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down:
Tijan’s role in the film brought a lot of verve to the story. He
played the act well.
Osita Iheme, who plays the
spirit child/mirror boy did a fantastic job too.
Here, he is not
playing the part of the ‘neither child nor adult’ but a spirit child
whose actions follow the narrative logic of the story.
It’s welcome relief to see Osita Iheme alone playing a serious role although some of the many proverbs Osita Iheme recites throughout the
film sound strange coming from him (he sounds like a child trying to act
tough as an adult).
Btw it was obvious that his front teeth was painted with black polish or something , the make up artiste did a terrible job there!
I have issues with Geneveive’s character in the movie.
First, it does not make sense that a mother taking her son – a total
stranger – to Africa, through a very crowded market, manages not to keep
him in her sight, walks very far ahead of him and goes for minutes
without even the occasional glance over her shoulders to see where her
Two, Tijan’s mother, Teema, acted by Genevieve Nnaji, was almost
Imagine this: an African woman loses her child, yet,
her appearance does not change.
Her hair is not out of place while her
well manicured nails remain well-kept.
Teema appeared too conscious of
the Genevieve image and did not throw herself in the role enough to be
convincing. Omoni Oboli would have been more passionate in a similar
Oh by the way, when her son went missing,
none of the family members she had good rapport with lent a helping hand….come on, are African family members that heartless?!
Oh yes, the Gambian lady who played the role of the wicked queen is a very bad actress!
You see, Mirror Boy takes the viewer on a trip of the sights and scenes of
the Gambia even though the end result is not all that flattering.
story is not the problem; the attempt to present Africa where people
paint their faces, live in forests and open plains is what I have issues with. Would the story still not have been told if Tijan finds Africa a
place where people use Blackberry phones, use the internet and drive
expensive SUVs over dilapidated roads? Would that not have mirrored
contemporary Africa better?
Finally, no moral lesson from the movie…it’s all adventure #okbye
You can watch the movie here on Iroko TV