Over the weekend, we got to see Obaram, Nollywood’s first musical drama, and even though it wasn’t without its flaws, this review will guide you on if the 1 hour 40 minutes movie is worth your time and money at the cinema.
Produced by Kayode Kasum, Obara M (my blood) is a riveting story of family, love, and music. The plot follows Oluchi, an up-and-coming musician, who is forced to confront her true self and past mistakes after her estranged father’s death.
Obram stars Nancy Isime, Nkem Owoh, Onyeka Onwenu, Deyemi Okanlawon, Ninalowo Bolanle, Bolaji Ogunmola, Ikponmwosa Gold, Sydney Talker, Buchi, The Cavemen, and Darasimi Nadi, to mention but a few. After her estranged father’s death, Oluchi, an up-and-coming musician, is forced to confront her true self and past mistakes.
She reconnects with her daughter, who she abandoned at a young age, through their love for music. However, the echoes from the past, greed and bad decisions, spring from every corner, threatening to bring them down.”
What makes ‘Obaram’ enjoyable is the fact that it takes the musical drama path, a first of its kind in Nollywood, which is quite fascinating, captivating & fresh. It is also a feel-good movie.
It has some genuinely funny scenes that will have you laugh out loud and also emotional scenes that will get you teary-eyed. All the characters, from Nancy Isime to Ninalowo Bolanle, Deyemi Okanlawon, and the breakout star, Darasimi Nadi, delivered top-notch performances. It was refreshing seeing Onyeka Onwenu on screen again and even getting to experience a musical rendition from her; actor Nkem Owoh was fantastic and fatherly as well.
However, there were some scenes that were not properly arranged; they didn’t follow chronologically. Also, there should have been subtitles for the scenes where Igbo was spoken so that the viewers that do not understand Igbo can comprehend what’s been discussed.
Asides from that, you should check out Obaram if you love music, from us at Kemi Filani, it is 7/10.