Yes, I got to see The Figurine and I must saw, amazing production, great camera lightning and also a very intelligent story that would leave you ruminating even after the disc stops spinning. Starring famous Naija actors like Funlola Aofiyebi (Popularly known for her role in the TV series ‘Palace’ and ‘Tinsel’, also winner of the first season of the celebrity takes two reality show), Ramsey Nouah, Kunle Afolayan and also new faces like Tosin Sido. The movie is Nollywood (The Naija movie industry) at its best.
The story revolves around three friends Mona, Femi and Sola whose fortune suddenly change for good after their National Youth Service year. Femi is in love with Mona but Sola marries Mona. The story takes a new tow after seven years when the friends reunite. Femi is still not married when the friends reunite and meets Linda who is Mona’s friend and a fashion designer in Lagos
Suddenly Mona starts connecting the dots of their life story with a legend folk lore that might have taken place many years back in a village known to have worshiped a certain goddess whose figurine seats in her husband, Sola’s study. A lot of things eventually happen but at the end you as a viewer must answer a pertinent question: What do you believe?
The Nigerian culture is highly esteemed and celebrated throughout the movie via language, food, music, art and ethics.
Mona in a scene instructs her son who is seven at the time to greet his father properly by postrating and saying his greetings in Yoruba (his father’s dialect) and Urhobo (his mother’s dialect).
Femi and Linda are seen exchanging romances only appropriate for the married even before they become an item. Scenes that infer that they are already having sex are also involved.
In various scenes, Sola is seen with several other women apart from his wife in the movie.
Many scenes are involved in which characters in the story are seen handling alcohol, cigars and cigarettes.
Figurine raises the bar in movie production in Nollywood. The acting is very professional but the major themes of fate and faith touched in this movie are very weighty ones and the writers does a very good job (In the classic Dan Brown’s Davinci Code style) in leaving the audience to choose their sides. Apart from few glitches in ethical values that might seem too modern to the Nigerian value system and edgy scenes that might leave you jumping off your seat, Figurine is a must see. It would start up a discussion in you before you join the one going on around you.
P.S- This review is written entirely from an observer’s perspective and no contact or favor was made by the producers of the movie to give a good opinion. Media was also provided and financed entirely by the writer.