It was 2.45pm, Genesis Cinema, Maryland Mall, Lagos. Stylish and pretty people everywhere, rushing for the last minute grab of tickets for the movie, Nimbe. I immediately questioned why I was on the wrong queue to see another movie. It didn’t take one split second to join the train abeg, Nimbe is it. Moreover, one of my favourite Yoruba Nolly actor was starring, unusually in an ‘English’ movie. Na so I take find myself for Screen 3 oh, with all the well ‘packaged’ people, watching Odunlade Adekola do his thing.
Nimbe isn’t just another Nollywood movie, it is actually a parenting course metaphorically put together as a subtle reach-out to folks across our nation, showing the dire consequences of failed parenting; ‘monstering’ of the child, abortion of potentials, nemesis on the parents, and eventual fallout on the whole society. Nimbe is such a rounded film. It pleasures you with a taste of several genres of movies: comedy, action, crime, adventure, romance, thriller, etc. An unforgettable experience with Nimbe would be how it takes you from mouth-wide laughing to face-down tearing. It’s such an drippy ride seeing this movie.
Nimbe starts off with a kiss of hope, from a SS2 student, whose name is the title of the film. A brilliant, well-behaved student, with a future outlook that is extremely promising. This young man despite coming from a dysfunctional home, manages to keep his cool through the consistent storm of life.
Bayo (Odunlade), his father was an addicted gambler, who never misses the chance to verbally abuse Nimbe, tagging him bastard, never-do-well, weak and spineless. Uduak (Toyin Abraham), Nimbe’s mother, suffered endless battery from Bayo, a scene that had become normal to Nimbe (played by Chimezie Imo), who would usually withdraw from the house and take solace at some lonely spot, venting on his canvass with various emotionally-themed paintings.
Back at school, Nimbe also had a ceaseless bout with a barbarous bully, he was even nick-named ‘Nimbecile’ by his mates. This coupled with his father consistent oppression left him with a huge burden of low self-worth. During one of the episodes of squabbles at home, Nimbe was at his peace spot painting away when, Ralph, a neighbourhood rich kid, who had once saved Nimbe from the school bully, showed up. He complimented his artistic talent and the duo got chattering away.
Ralph from that day would lead the complete transformation of Nimbe, from the docile, focused student to a boisterous, prodigious mean kid, now aligned with the most famous criminal element in the community.
Following, Bayo had a close chance at winning a jackpot, his wife’s innocent mistake would cost him the kitty, his reaction of sending his wife and kid out of the house helped crystallise the demonising of Nimbe. He later would come begging, asking his family back, but Nimbe was far too gone. The little sheep had grown claws, now roars, and is capable of mauling anything, anyone, in his way.
The best scenes from this movie would definitely be the sequence of when Uduak discovered Nimbe skipped school and was at AK’s (Kelechi Udegbe) house. (This was her beloveth son now rolling with the most vicious criminal in the community). Uduak played out the typical naija mother drama to take back her son. Shockingly, AK sat Nimbe down and gave a very emotional pep talk on why his mother was right. He insisted that he left his house and reunite with his mother. Then, the ‘awww’ scene, where Uduak was holding Nimbe, saying all sorts to re-calibrate his senses. The two shared a very tearful hug and sssshhhhh, almost everyone at the cinema was looking for the wicked person cutting onions!
The cast of this movie, top-notch! Who can take this best actor prize for this movie ooo? You know when Odunlade is on a work, he easily wins it.
But Broda Shaggi (Ginja in the movie), the right-hand man of AK’s, brought his best comedy lines and his delivery with his catch phrases will almost make you forget that Toyin is the bomb in this film. First, she took a very unusual role. Second, how was she even able to aptly deliver in that strong Calabar tongue. Then, that her madness at AK’s house, plus her perfect mother-and-son time, shortly afterwards! Toyin ‘kelt’ it, QED!
Tope Alake did a great job with directing. Movie has a profound message, the storyline is original. On realism and accuracy, Nimbe should get a 5, you could easily forget its a film. The setting is great. Composition is on point, scenes and events are quite orderly. Soundtrack was okay. Picture quality and special effect could have been better. In general, Nimbe should get a 4 star.
As usual, for the loving pleasure of NollyTrailer fans, we had a few chats with moviegoers to sample opinions about Nimbe. All of them praised the storyline and cast. Some were critical of the picture quality and the average rating was 4.5. See select clips of reviewers below.
You are still waiting for the full gist? How it ended? No way! Go and experience it yourself. Nimbe is still screening in cinemas across the nation.
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