There’s nothing quite shocking or quiet about ‘Silent Scandals’

Vivian Ejike adds her name to a list of emerging female directors working in film industries known as ‘Nollywood’ based in Nigeria, and the Ghana Film Industry, in the Republic of Ghana. This list of directors includes names like Stephanie Okereke, Shirley Frimpong Manso and Emem Isong.

Overview

Silent Scandals is a film written and produced by Vivian Ejike, and tells a story of a woman named Jessy (depicted by superstar actor Genevieve Nnaji); an uptight, demanding, overly-wound, career-driven woman and single-mother to daughter Ella, played by new actor Chelsea Eze.

Both mother and daughter unknowingly become romantically involved at different points in time, to a man named Neto; a young dweller of the nightlife who is in need of employment to help his sick father, portrayed by actor Majid Michael.

Development

Story/Screenplay

Vivian Ejike created both story and screenplay and directed the film. Despite having similar elements to Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls, the two films are different and unique from each other. One thing clear in Silent Scandals is the way the characters smoke tobacco, symbolizing hipness or coolness; a consistent visual tick seen regularly in African Cinema.

Also interesting is the early dance club scene which clearly shows men dancing with one another.

Pre-production

Performances

Genevieve Nnaji

In this film, Genevieve Nnaji is again paired with Majid Michael in a romance that isn’t as engaging or compelling compared to when we last saw them on-screen together, in Chisom Juliet Okereke’s Emerald; a love story about reincarnation, uninhibited passion and second chances. Although, what makes Emerald so wonderful in its narrative as opposed to Silent Scandals is its build up to its climax, which offers a reasonable amount of tension, satisfying its viewers emotional longing for cinematic closure within a romance.

Genevieve Nnaji executes her role exceptionally well.

Score: 8/10

Majid Michael

Majid Michael is Neto, a young man romantically involved with Ella (Chelsea Eze) and is soon in need of money to help provide for his sick father. He seeks out employment from a company and becomes Jessy’s personal driver; all the while, being unaware of Ella’s relationship to Jessy, with Jessy being Ella’s mother.

Majid’s hairstyle seemed a bit odd and appeared outdated in this role as Neto. However, his performance was on par with Genevieve at every step.

Score: 8/10

Uche Jombo

Uche Jombo is cast as Muky (Jessy’s girlfriend) and gives one of the better performances of the film. The weave she wore in Jessy’s office during her pep talk was both delicious and delightful. smile

Score: 9/10

Chelsea Eze

Chelsea Eze makes her film début in the role of Ella, Jessy’s disobedient and troublesome daughter who shoplifts and steals her way out of her mother’s home, and into her grandmother’s heart. Jessy’s wish is to see her daughter follow in her footsteps and be a business-minded and career-driven woman, but Ella would rather choose to free her love, and lose herself in the arms of her boyfriend Neto. While improving upon her academic studies due in part to her grandmother’s encouragement, Ella seeks to pursue her dream of becoming a model, getting both her grandmother’s approval and financial help.

Chelsea Eze is a beautiful actor with gorgeous and elegant facial features resembling Genevieve Nnaji, making the role Ella an easy sell; her performance is noteworthy.

Score: 7/10

Stan Ndu

Stan Ndu costars as Neto’s best friend Jay Jay (Richie), and delivers the film’s weakest and most unimpressive performance.

Score: 4/10

Production

Lighting & Sound

Lighting is barely enough, and sound is horribly permissible. Lighting is by Emmanuel Omotoyinbo, and sound is by Shina Sulthan.

Score: 5/10

Make-up & Wardrobe

I think a good costume designer creates and chooses costumes to enhance an actor’s performance by enabling actors to become one with their outfit(s), which becomes part of their character that actors also use as props. In this film, most of that extension shows in the runway scenes of the fashion shows, but doesn’t convey with the wardrobe of the lead actors.

Make-up is by Ijadeegbin Consult, with wardrobe titled to Uche Nancy.

Score: 9/10

Post-production

Editing

The scenes between Ella and her grandmother are long, and could’ve been shorter in length. One scene in particular is when Ella and Neto are again acquainted and have lunch, segueing into a lengthy flashback sequence. Though realistic in time, the scene carried on too long, seeing that in film time moves faster.

Editing conducted by Okey Benson.

Score: 7/10

Music/Film Scoring

Both music and scoring were orchestrated by Austin Erowele, and is certainly the movie’s strongest point. Once again, nice job Austin, keep up the good work!

Score: 10/10

Director

The film seems shot in the hand-held/steadicam style for the most part, and doesn’t exhibit great emotion by not accentuating the actors’ faces with close-ups.

Score: 7/10

Conclusion

Closing words

In closing, I would not recommend buying or viewing this movie for two reasons. One is that its dramatic structure isn’t unique or interesting enough to fully connect with or captivate its viewers; the second reason being that its production quality is too low for acceptable and convenient viewing.

Aggregate score: 74% rating

Personal score: 2 of 4 stars

Creativity :wilted_rose::wilted_rose:

Production (0 fresh roses)

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Comments
One Response to “There’s nothing quite shocking or quiet about ‘Silent Scandals’”
  1. i guess i will wait until us the audience view this movies,the characters are strong ok actor who should be able to perform any character given to them

    lets watch and see for now keep up the good job guys.

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