Emerald

Emerald

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Nigerian Movie Review
Emerald ~ 2009

Story – Chisom Juliet Okereke
Screenplay – Juliet Chisom Okereke
Director – Ikechukwu Onyeka

Starring:
Genevieve Nnaji – Emerald
Majid Michel – Max
Tonto Dikeh – Becky
Geraldine Ekeocha – Mrs Davies
Halima Abubakar – Mery
Ladi Tortty – Clarissa
Ikechukwu Onyeka – Stan
Andy Ike – Adaeke
Kingsley Uche – Gateman
Chigozie Ibe – Carrier

Themes:
Time Travel in Africa
Family Heirloom Nigeria
Love African

My Rating 50%

Becky returns to Nigeria from the UK to open an antiques shop. She enlists the help of her cousin Emerald who has recently graduated from a Nigerian university in Business Administration. African Movie

One day they go to purchase stock when Emerald comes across an emerald ring. A woman in the shop whom one would assume to be a sales assistant sees Emerald admiring the ring and seems intent on her having the ring, despite Emerald’s refusals. When the woman tells Emerald that she can pay whatever she likes for it Emerald succumbs and pays the woman 5000 Naira. Nigerian Movie

Later when Emerald meets with Becky she is shocked that she values the ring at 10000 Euro. It also seems strange that Becky does not recognise the description of the woman that sold the ring. Things get even stranger when Emerald falls asleep that night with the ring on. Very strange indeed!

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I must say it is a peeve of mine when names are spelt wrong in the credits. It happens in many films but since the credits were done so badly in this movie I thought I’d mention it here. It is especially annoying with obviously spelt names, like spelling “Geraldine” “Geraldin.” Not only is it unprofessional but it’s kinda rude and disrespectful towards the person who’s name you are misspelling, in my opinion.
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I must say I was disappointed after all the hype of a Majid/ Genny pairing. I was really looking forward to watching this film but it really didn’t live up to the hype AT ALL. To their credit Genevieve and Majid had electrifying chemistry and it was a good pairing, but the storyline was a let down. At first it seemed like it was going to be an excellent movie and in fact it had the potential to be a really good movie as the story was original and different to the usual Nollywood fare.

If only all the loose ends were tied up it could have been really really good. There is the possibility that there is a continuation that will tie up these loose ends but as long as I have only watched Part 1 and 2 then it was something of a flop. These are the things that we as the viewer need to understand by the end of the movie:

We see Masters of the plantation, servants, afros and bowties. What is all this in aid of? Where and when is the setting?

How does the modern day Emerald tie in with the servant Emerald except both falling in love with a married man called Maximillian?

Reincarnation? Past Life?

We need to know more about the history of the emerald ring. We know that it was a stolen family heirloom but this is not enough for the events that take place to make sense.
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Apart from the issues with the holes in the story we also had the issue of very poor indoor lighting. Many scenes were dark to the point that faces only looked like shadows. It was a hot mess. There was this background music that they used in a few scenes too that was very annoying. It sounded like someone playing a computer games, like a dull pinging noise.
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Majid and Genny were on point, and all their scenes together were magical. Tonto did not perform as well as she usually does. I think that this was because she was too dramatic for the understated feel of the movie. She needed to stop gesticulating so much and take a chill pill, especially being next to cool as a cucumber Genny. That kind of acting can work when you are in a Jim Iyke beating you senseless kind of setting, but for this setting it just did not work.

Halima Halima Halima… Where do I start? She isn’t too bad as in acting wise but it has come to my attention that she is always looking so hookerish. What is up with that? I am wondering if she is put in these clothes or she insists on them. She had her bazukas pushed up to her chin and the tacky tattoos on her cleavage exposed. It was just so not necessary. In one of the scenes she is wearing a thing yellow summer dress and as she is walking the material is slipping between her butt cheeks… WHY??
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Overall I would not recommend this movie as it just didn’t make sense. The film ends with Max and Emerald kissing on a sofa. There is not even indication that there is anything more to the movie. If there is a continuation that addresses all these issues then that is a different story, but as it stands… THUMBS DOWN.

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  1. chayoma says:

    seeing Genny and Majid(with an afro ) i thot, wow, this is gonna be interesting, until i saw the 50% rating.
    So sad! would have loved to see them both together onscreen.

  2. SG says:

    Nolly, again, always on point. I swear to God I didn't even know she was dreaming…. Majid looks like Michael Jacskson in " don't stop til you get enough" . Genevieve was always the poised person , the script was just bad- which kissing scene? Mine stopped when she was accused of murder….LOL

  3. nollywoodforever says:

    Chayoma you could really like it. Check it out and let me know… LOL

    I feel you SG, I didn't know she was dreaming wither til they showed her waking up and rubbing the ring. SG accused of murder? Mine ends when he comes to the house… dunno which house and they are rolling around on the sofa together…

  4. aya says:

    thanks nollywood forever for keeping me on the right on movies to watch…
    i still have high hope for nollywood and i believe with time they will deliver roles,scripts and top notch productions that can match hollywood.
    keep up the good work.

  5. Ebele says:

    I am going to watch it becos My Genevive played a role in the movie, despite the 50% rating am still gonna watch it. She is my super star.

  6. nollywoodforever says:

    Ebele I felt the same way. I would have still watched it. Well let me know what you think!

  7. SG says:

    Nolly, yes- oh… accused of murder….remember that servant/slave that wanted to marry her? Or didn't you see that part….

  8. nollywoodforever says:

    Yes I saw the part where the guy kills Max but I didn't see any accuse of murder bit and I got the DVD this time!

  9. SG says:

    Nolly, the part that I was referring to was when Max was killed. Emerald stumbled on the body and picked up the murder weapon, and his wife happened to see her holding that and accused her of murder…..

    There has to be a part 3 to this movie. There has to be an ending… I finally saw the couch scene you are referring to. There has to be a ending….

  10. aegoli says:

    well nolly u seem 2 hav said it all…i was really lookin 4wrd 2 a wonderful storyline wen i saw majid/genny in front…i only hope dat nt only is ther a concludin part 2 dis, but a concludin part dat actually ties up all d loose parts n correlates wit wat we'v seen so far…bc trust me, nollywood can bring a 3rd n 4th part dat is more askew dat wat we'v previously seen…

  11. MonicaB says:

    I must agree with nollywoodforever's review… kudos to the reviewer… The movie was unique and I do like the chemistry between a young Majid and a well-seasoned Genny however, they cannot set up plots and not follow them through. There must be a part three (not a 4,5 or 6..just a 3) to make sense of the dream/the ring/the concept that adultery appears in both the afro-wig-Emerald and modern-day Emerald's life. Come on Nollywood, this movie could be the awakening to the carbon-copied movies i have been plagued with these last few months… I hope a well thought out Part 3, with no cliff-hangers and tied in plots, is currently on its way…

  12. nollywoodforever says:

    Monica even if there is a part 3 I don't think it can really make up for the mess they have made of 1 and 2… some elements of sense should have been brought in earlier… anyway we shall see!

    • juicyjsam says:

      I agree this movie had potential of being great but its just didn't make it there. They cast was perfect and acted how they were directed.

  13. Jumoke says:

    I agree with you Monica & Nollywoodforever, the way the movie ended was senseless. I need to know what happened to Majid's wife and if Majid eventually married Genny. The dream part two was confusing to me, they need to bring some element of sense into the movie by way of a part 3 or something. However, Genny did an excellent Job with her part and Majid did same. I give them both their praise regardless of the movie flaws.

  14. Linda N. says:

    I couldn't have said it any better Nollywood. Gr8t summary!!! Majid never fails me, he's always into character and actually make u believe in whichever character is in. He is such an great actor, no doubt. (and just before this Majid-Genny combo, I was hoping to see them in a script together and booom! the next thing I know I was watching this preview). I mean, I was so excited when I saw them they have such gr8t chemistry its unbelievable. And I bet you there's gonna be lots of rumors that they are dating…

  15. nollywoodforever says:

    Majid and Genny were wasted. such a shame…

  16. LindaN. says:

    There were some major disappointments in this movie. I love the story line because it is far different from the norm of a Nollywood scripts. Majid n Genny had strong connection no doubt, as if you were there and both are amazing actors. But girl Tonto was stressing it too much in her acting (especially the part where Genny told her that she had kissed Maxwell, her mouth wide open Lol!! I thought a flie woulg get in. There were not enough lights in the scenes, I wonder if these people did not a power generator or something. Max face does look like Michael J. in thriller, Lol… yeah gr8t story but a shame that they are taking forever to bring out part 3&4.

  17. movielover says:

    Great review nollywoodforever. I really felt the same way too, the hype about the movie got me too. At the end, the movie didn't live up to expectation, terrible. Part 3 & 4 is out, of course it is title in another name as WILD PASSION sequel to Emerald. I haven't seen it yet so i really can't tell if it tied any loose ends.

  18. nollywoodforever says:

    Thanks Movie Lover. I havent seen Wild Passion either. Not sure if there is any point TBH!

  19. generams says:

    emerald was a very nyce moie and it worths more than 50%,ppek rilli liked it ,let pple watch it and enjoy it.infact it derves an award..

  20. nollywoodforever says:

    Worth more than 50 percent to you, but not to me… People are free to watch. I am sure they will! AWARD KE? LMAO

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