Movie Review: Kunle Afolayan ‘Anikulapo’ Depicts The Insatiable Nature Of Man


Nollywood genius Kunle Afolayan has dropped yet another thrilling and sensational movie that is the current rave of the moment titled, Anikulapo.

The movie, Anikulapo features numerous A-list stars like Sola Sobowale, Kunle Afolayan, Bimbo Ademoye, Kunle Remi, Taiwo Hassan, Faithia Balogun, and many more. The movie Anikulapo centers around the life of Saro (Kunle Remi) and queen Arolake (Bimbo Ademoye). Saro comes from nothing and weaves his way to become someone, only to bite the same finger that fed him at the end of the day. Themes like love, betrayal, greed, royalty, culture, etc., can be drawn from the movie. So let’s get into the KOKO of the matter. While some people have said that the ending was not strong enough, this movie ended the perfect way it was meant to end. Indeed ‘Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,’ and this movie proves that in spades. The storyline has that unique touch of culture that is common in Kunle Afolayan’s movies.
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Another plus for this fantastic piece is that from the beginning, you cannot tell where the movie is going, so suspense and expectation were well built in the heart of viewers. The clear graph of the beginning, middle and ending was well established, and we say well done. Regarding characterization in the movie Anikulapo, we have to give it to Bimbo Ademoye and Kunle Remi because they both delivered and ate up their roles. We must give the costumier of this movie, whoever you are, a thumbs up. Producing a movie is tasking and then producing a historical movie is twice as tasking as a modern movie because you have to get everything you are trying to depict by that era. Hence, the costumes with Aso Oke, Adire, etc., are typical of the Oyo empire. One thing that has us saying no, no, no was the tribal mark; come on, who drew those marks? In some scenes, Arolake‘s tribal mark will be visible, while in others, we can’t see it. In real life, tribal marks don’t fade, so why were they fading in the movie? Saro‘s tribal mark was just too visble that it was drawn.
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Even Arolake‘s makeup to make her look old did not work because her face and shoulders looked fresh and clean. As long as the movie Anikulapo is concerned, the person that gets the highest mark is the cinematographer. Please give him his flowers because it was perfect. From the first scene to the last, the cinematographer delivered. Looking back at Nollywood historical movies done in time past compared to this modern one, it can be said that Nollywood is improving and is leading in Africa. Now let’s come to the s*x; frankly speaking, the nude scene between Saro and Arolake was unnecessary. We are in the olden days, fine, let’s stay in there completely. The two of them could have had s*x the same way Saro and Awarun did; just hug yourselves, and we get the message that you are about to have s*x. Saro and Arolake did not have to take off their clothes. That just threw us off guard; like, where did that come from?
Final Thoughts
Kunle Afolayan’s ‘Anikulapo‘ gets a 7/10 because this movie is a step forward, looking back at the Nigeran movie industry.   

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