An introduction is everything – the first impression, they say, matters. So Merry Men 1 made quite an impression and when we heard that Merry Men 2 was on its way, we had only one thought – Shit! They will mess it up! But were we wrong?
The Plot, The Writer.
So, after the triumph over the rich and corrupt, the writer, decides to continue the story by creating an act of revenge planned against the Merry Men. That seemed like a good lead to ply by. And the story would dig up a fact we never knew about. The introduction created suspense, a bit of confusion, it held our attention – the first impression was on point.
Ayo Makun told a beautiful story, but the screenplay that followed after that initial introduction was boring. Anthony Kehinde Joseph, saddled with the responsibility of screenplay, lost touch of the muse that held us bound by Merry Men 1.
When Popcornandreels, and Pulse.ng were talking about the lack of dignity of a well-developed story, obviously they confused a storyline and a screenplay, something many amateur movie critics will not understand until now.
Movies/drama is a mirror of life. In life when you mess up an influential elite, get ready to be messed up! Either you win or lose, depends on you. And that, my friends, is the dignity of the story behind Merry Men 2.
The Actors, The Director.
Moses Inyang, we don’t think, had a lot of jobs to do, as he was dealing with top talented actors in the industry. From the magneticum-classicum of Noah, the charismatic stance of Jim Iyke, to the funny-trio of AY, Folarin Falana and Williams Uchemba. The graceful charm of Iretiola Doyle greeted us again and oh my gosh, short was the scene but powerful the impact of the introduction of the old guru-actor – Ejike Asiegbu.
But two things went wrong – the comic relief from the actors was cheap but worst is the part in the screenplay where they came in. Timing is everything!
The Sound, Cinematography & etc.
The choice of locations was in sync with the storyline; the graphics are okay, not super, and the sound was good. The unsung heroes that manned-up these aspects of the movie, we say twale to you.
What are people saying?
A critic’s voice sometime may not be the people’s. From our survey at De Critic, we selected movie lovers out of which we interviewed 20 Gen X (1965-1980 born), 50 Millennials (1981-1996 born), 50 Gen Zs (1996-2012 born). 10 GenX likes Merry Men 2, 32 Millennials loves Merry Men 2, and 40 GenZ loves Merry men 2. So, the movie in our rating is not bad. We have seen bad and worse. Watch on Netflix and let us know in the comments or review below.
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