I remember watching the trailer for Banana Island Ghost, and all I felt was confusion! I had more questions than answers. I couldn’t tell what the movie was about.
Where did the title come from?
What kind of title is “Banana Island Ghost” anyway?
Why was Chiugul praying like a hopeful pauper looking for a miracle at the beginning of the trailer, singing in a bar looking like a million bucks somewhere in the middle, and then wearing a school uniform somewhere at the end?
Why would a ghost need a soul mate?
What is with the fantasy, action, comedy mumbo jumbo?
All these thoughts were at the back of my mind threatening to take center stage as I went to the cinema hall, but I decided to go with an open mind, especially as I had read a few good reviews. The first thing that struck me as the movie started was the crisp picture quality. I was instantly sold. The stunning cinematography and graphics was impressive, and I let myself relax and get sucked into the fantasy world of ghosts, Ibo ninjas, karate/kung fu, greedy rich men, lazy cops and more.
Leading lady and leading man played by Chioma Omeruah and Patrick Diabuah each gave an impressive performance especially as they were new to the big screen. I found myself laughing hysterically all through.
I couldn’t help it!
The music was another BIG part of the movie. The lineup was oh so amazing and it fit perfectly to every scene. The young lady seated behind me whispered to her friend “the music is the best part of the movie”, and I think I agree with her.
Akah Nnani’s role as “Sargent” (pun intended) is easily my most favorite character. His stupidity was hilarious, and his acting was brilliant as he brought the character to life.
Apart from a few noticeable lapses, editing mistakes, and the not so subtle advertisement of brands (Sunlight, Lipton, Cold stone Creamery, Health Plus, Coca-Cola, Hugo Boss and others) which in my opinion could have been properly blended into the story, Banana Island Ghost was a delight. It had an underlying message of the existence of God, his undeniable love for his children and the power of the tongue.
Banana Island Ghost (B.I.G) is definitely first of its kind in Nigeria. It takes guts to defy the status quo and set a trail where no one has charted. Big ups to the cast and crew! It was evident the kind of hard work that had gone into the production of the movie, and as a movie lover I appreciate that.
I left the cinema hall feeling impressed and very hopeful for the future of Nollywood.