Fifth about The Seventh

Lionheart (2018)

Lionheart: there is a certain simplicity in Genevieve Nnaji’s light comedy that is endearing; her film is entertaining, colorful, and has a lot of heart. However, the storytelling is too direct, lacking sophistication. Even though the film is supposedly about sexism in Nigeria, that theme ends up taking a backseat to a more conventional, thematically empty storyline. Genevieve Nnaji herself plays the main character, and she is a fine presence, charming and effective; she has good screen chemistry with Nkem Owoh, who leans a bit more heavily into comedy. Some of the supporting performances are either a bit heavyhanded (Kalu Ikeagwu) or stiff (Yakubu Mohammed). The film’s look is simple, effective.

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