Most-Talked About Films On Netflix 2020
After the tongue lashing and backlash Nollywood films have received over the years, things seem to be changing for the better with the Oscar nomination of “Lionheart” and the viewing of Nigerian films on the streaming platform Netflix leading to the creation of franchise Netflix Naija.
Our compilation of films was released in 2019 but have had another comeback thanks to their viewing on Netflix. The viewing experience with these films is still as good as the first time and it appears that since its launch on Netflix, Nigerians cannot get enough of them based off the buzz they generated on social media.
Here is the list of the most talked-about Nigerian Netflix films for this year:
Nimbe shines the spotlight on social ills by telling a thought-provoking story. The film was produced by Folarin Laosun last year but made its début on Netflix on the 24th of July. The film features Toyin Abraham, Odunlade Adekola, Chimezie Amo as the main cast. The film rolls up drug abuse, prostitution, parental negligence all into one ball of cinematic gold. I was amazed at the method of storytelling; the initial scenes introduce us to this innocent, naive boy named Nimbe who still sees good in the world. In later scenes, Nimbe is now a changed person. Not being able to bear the torment meted out on him by some street urchins, he joins a syndicate group in a bid to pay back those who have wronged him.
When you hear the name “Elevator Baby,” it sparks up a lot of questions. What is an elevator baby? Was a baby born in an elevator? And many other questions. The curiosity sparked by the film title worked in favour for the producer Niyi Akinmolayan of “Elevator Baby” as it not only gained attention for its unorthodox title but also its rich cast. Starring Toyin Abraham, Timini Egbuso as the main cast, the film is, in fact, about a baby being delivered in an elevator but by an inexperienced, privileged, hot-tempered bloke. Toyin Abraham is the expecting mother but you can imagine with her theatrics, it’s not going to be an easy one at all.
Living in Bondage
“Living In Bondage” was on everyone’s lips before its release. “Living In Bondage” was directed by Ramsey Nouah; starring Ramsey Nouah, Kanayo.O.Kanayo, Kenneth Okonkwo, Muna Abii and Enyinna Nwigwe. With the cast, you already have a feeling that the old occult vibe which is a common concept in Nigerian films will come to play. However, the horror tropes adopted in the film makes even a non-horror film lover feel entertained. And for a film that bothers on the horror/occultic genre, it ranked number 11 in the top-grossing films in 2019 and is still one of the most talked-about Nigerian films on Netflix.
As the name implies, this film seemed to have been too sweet for human consumption as its release was met with mixed reviews. Pulling in about N160 million since its release on December 25 2019, it gave Nigerians the impression that the film told a “truth” that those who had watched, resonated with. But just after its release, the film by Jade Osiberu was suspended by The National Film And Video Censors Board (NFVCB). Soon, there were speculations that the film borders on the sloppiness of the anti-graft agency to recover some money which critics say bears a resemblance to the EFCC (Economic And Financial Crimes Commission), speculations debunked by the NFVCB. Its storyline? When three sisters played by Adesua Etomi, Bimbo Ademoye, Bisola Aiyeola find $800,000 stashed in the house of a corrupt politician, they become moving targets to hoodlums.
Pave way for Your Excellency, the film produced and directed by Funke Akindele. Starring Akin Lewis (Chief Olalekan Ajadi) and Funke Akindele ( Kemi Ajadi), the film is a bucket full of Twitter memes if someone decided to make a movie about it.
A hilarious film, its display of political satire makes it a favourite of film lovers. Your Excellency is about an unserious Presidential candidate, Mr. Ajadi, and a staunch Donald Trump fan. If you can get through his bumbling ways to the heart of the film, you would find the love he has for his second wife played by Funke Akindele refreshing.
Do you think any other film should have made this list?