Lionheart (@lionheartthemovie) literally means demonstrating enormous courage, ability to deal with any situation unflinching. Therefore, it comes as no surprise when (@genevievennaji) Genevieve Nnaji’s Lionheart turns out to be a story of a courageous young lady, Adaeze, played by Genevieve herself, saddled with the responsibility of pulling a 10year old legacy out of bankruptcy.
She is forced to team up with her uncle, Godswill (Nkem Owoh), to find a solution to a financial crisis about to consume the multimillion naira transport business of her dad, Chief Ernest Obiagu (Pete Edochie).
The movie parades array of veteran and new actors like Kanayo O Kanayo, Onyeka Onwenu, Peter Okoye of PSquare, and host of others.
As expected, whenever a Pete Edochie handles a script, we are ready to be pampered with deep Igbo proverbs. And he didn’t disappoint.
The storyline is great and the execution is fantastic. The characters are all well developed except for one. It also combines Igbo and English very well for a non speaker of Igbo language to understand and enjoy.
Well, for casting, I would have preferred someone else for the role played by Kalu Ikeagwu. A Segun Arinze would have been better suited for the ambitious director in the company gunning to become the managing director, who when he couldn’t achieve his aim, tried ensuring the company is sold to a rival company.
The scenes are well planned out except for one or two. The first one is when Adaeze, during her morning joggings gets into a general park to eavesdrop on a passenger and conductor bargaining routes. I kept scratching my head as to how that could be justified.
The other one is when Adaeze seeks her friend’s financial assistance when the banks turn her down. She goes to his large house with her uncle who wanders after a loosely clad lady just to find himself eavesdropping on a business transaction in a private room in the house! The scene could have been forgivable if the transaction is under a tree or an open space.
Aside from these, the movie is a good watch, no wonder it was bought over by Neflix. It’s now showing at the cinemas or you could stream on Neflix.
Being her first movie directed, Genevieve did a great job.
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