Native Son

Native Son Nigerian Movie Review

Year Of Release: 2009
Direction, Story & Screenplay by Tchidi Chikere

Starring:
Ini Edo – Toanchukwu
Mike Ezuruonye – Igwe
Tonto Dikeh – Nerissa
Ifeanyi Ikechukwu – Chijioke
Gaddiel Onwudiwe – Barth
Harriet Orisakwe – Nnemary
Isaac Otutu – King Igwe
Adaigbo Okafor – Portia
Chidi Chukwukere – Andrew
Uche Amaka – Kaycee
Godwin Uyanwanne – Ken
Sylvan Ugwumadu – Julia
Chidi Ezeh – Thompson

Themes:
Village Life in Nigeria
City Life in Nigeria
Education Nigerian
Tradition Nigerian

NollywoodForever.Com Rating –  90%

Nerissa is a sophisticated city girl, she comes to visit her father’s village and strikes up an unlikely friendship with a village boy Igwe. He is fascinated by the way she “paints” her face, smokes cigarettes and ability to quote Shakespeare. This is much to the annoyance of his possessive village girlfriend Toanchukwu. One day Toanchukwu catches Nerissa in Igwe’s mother’s hut and a fight between the two girls breaks out. Unfortunately a lantern catches fire and the hut is burnt to ashes. The elders dole out the punishment that Nerissa and Toanchukwu work together to rebuild the hut.

SPOILERS:

Kudos for the character development here. All the characters were well developed and three dimensional. We see Nerrissa turn from what could be called a snob who’s mind is opened through her experience in the village. We also see Igwe turn from a village boy to a city dwelling man that owns his own company, and Toanchukwu…hmmm… well Tounchukwu who is filled with so much jealousy for Nerissa starts to see her as a human being once she sees the similarities between them after the old village perv frames them both. The change is gradual which adds to the realism.

Funny Bits:

“I like women with the colour of fire like you.”
The old perv to Nerissa in explaining why he wants to sleep with her and not Toanchukwu.

“She came to mate with me and my old bones by force.”
The old perv to the village women after Nerissa is screaming in the house after he comes onto her.

This movie warrants a definite thumbs up from me. It is funny from beginning to end. The whole cast made it work. I was impressed by the three main characters especially. Ini was fantabulous. She took it back to her World Apart Days. A million miles away from the chick who is always in movies whining her waist and licking her lips, no matter the role even when talking to her daddy (like in Slave to Lust). She did very well. The substitution of the L’s for R’s and R’s for L’s, the squint of the eye when she was defending Igwe, “My booooooooooooy.” She really shone.

Then we have Mike, this performance took me back to his houseboy Honey Desire performance. The naïveté, the vulnerability, the confusion, he portrayed all of those things effortlessly. Then we have Tonto, remember I said she was looking hella chunky in The Shepherd, well it looks like she has been working out because the body was toned and in top form and the performance matched. Tonto played the worldly and confident Nerrissa with ease. I liked that the ending was unpredictable and did not warrant a part 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7.

My one and only complaint about this movie would be THE PINK DOT. I almost thought it wasn’t going to appear and then at the end of part 2… BAM! I have mentioned it before and I’m mentioning it again. I have however seen on Miss Ti Li Li’s blog that this matter has now been rectified. I JUST HOPE SO!

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  1. Beyonceh says:

    Oh, I just watched this movie last nite on Africa Magic, I could not help but I really had to locate this article and post my comment.

    The movie was the bomb, I really appreciate the effort these 3 put in…… They played their characters "well well"….. I was so glad that I watched this movie. I was so impressed by especially Tonto, she really did a great job and she has improved so far…….. Mike, the "village boy" what can I say, he was marvellous as usual. Ini, oh Ini, she reminded me of our days when we were young and at the village……. Oh May God bless you guys so much….

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