Screen goddess Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde crashes and burns in comeback movie Alter Ego

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  1. Disclaimer: The following post may contain spoilers from the movie Alter Ego.
After three years of being away from the
acting scene, this was supposed to be Omotola’s comeback to the big screen.
According to her, the script for Alter Ego “pushed boundaries” that wasn’t typical of the Nollywood industry.
There was so much hype surrounding the release of this movie which I think stemmed mostly from the “steamy sex scenes” they teased us with in the trailer.
Even though I was overtly warned that this movie would be a waste of my hard earned money, I needed to see what the hype was all about.
Afterall it’s Omosexy right?
Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde in an explicit scene

 

Pros
– The producers had a potential box office hit on their hands with this script.
Alter Ego tells the story of a successful lawyer, Ada Igwe (played by yours truly Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde) who was molested repeatedly by her P. E teacher as a young girl.
This fuelled a rage inside of her which became the driving force behind her aggressive pursuance of sex offenders both in and out of court.
To cope with the trauma from her childhood, Ada develops an alter ego who is a raging nymphomaniac.
Ada’s therapist says she developed this alter ego as a form of escapism*
 
Escapism is the tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities, especially by seeking entertainment or engaging in fantasy.
Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and Wale Ojo
Cons
Where do I even begin?
It felt like I was watching a really bad remake of How To Get Away With Murder.
Sex Scenes
I think we can all agree at this point that Nollywood can never get this one right. I mean we can’t even get kissing done right. Can we just give up already?
Sex scenes in Nigerian movies make you literally want to die of embarrassment/laughter (whichever comes first) or abstain from sex all together.
To make matters worse, in their bid to censor everything so as not to offend the delicate sensibilities of the National Film And Video Censor Board,  producers tend to over censor scenes
Alter Ego was no different.
There were three sex scenes if I remember correctly and they were all rather painful to watch.
 I will need four glasses of something strong and a therapist to be able to wash away the image of Omotola’s face as she was being rammed from behind by her on and off ?lover.
 – Plot
The plot development was poor. Characters were not fully developed.
The transition between scenes was not fluid at all.
Boring dialogue.
Cast
I’m sorry to say but Omotola was not convincing enough in her role as a lawyer.
The rest of the cast were just meh.
OK maybe not all of them.
Jide Kosoko and Wale Ojo added a little flavor to the mix.
The young man that played Aisha’s brother made me burst out laughing in the cinema because the only time he spoke in the entire movie was when he shouted at Omotola outside court for “ruining their lives”. And it was just one line.
He deserves the award for “waka pass” role of the year.
– Memorable Scene
This is an easily forgettable movie no doubt but one scene that will stand out in my memory was the proposal scene.
I had a good laugh.
Costume
They could have done a lot better if you ask me.
The producers need to apologize to the learned community for that blunder they made with Omotola’s court attire.
Climax
What the hell was that about?!
That has to be the most anti climatic climax in the history of movie endings if there ever was one.
Stray Observations
Again this movie had the potential to be something great but it was a hit and miss.
This movie could have been an advocacy platform for victims of sexual violence while also shedding light on the vulnerability of girls/women in our society.
This movie would have served to highlight the role/benefits of therapy for abuse victims especially as it’s not common place in our society.
This movie could have skillfully explored the subject of multiple personality disorder.
The only boundaries this movie pushed was well……none.
Somehow I get the impression that this movie got a lot of attention prior to its release because of the raunchy sex scenes we all were expecting.
Nollywood directors need to know that there is a delicate balance to be struck in order to execute a flawless sex scene.
The idea is to tease the audience and then leave our imagination to fill in the rest.
Camera angles and quality lighting also come into play.
On screen chemistry between the actors cannot be over emphasized.
Dear Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, you said that after seeing this movie, I’d either love you or hate you.
You were wrong.
I’m just disappointed.
Overwhelmingly so.
Star Rating 2/5

 

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