Jagun Jagun Review
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Jagun Jagun: The Warrior Movie centers on a notorious warlord- Ogundiji (Character played by Femi Adebayo) who reigns supreme and has a number of warriors at his beck and call. Ogundiji is well-versed in the ways of war and his skills are unmatchable. That is, until a Young Warrior threatens his reign and desires a very beautiful young woman in the village- Kitan, Character played by Bukunmi Oluwashina.
For Jagun Jagun review, this article will examine the movie on four major criteria:
Jagun Jagun Review: Cinematography
Femi Adebayo’s intention in making Jagun jagun the Warrior, was to beat the amazing job he did on King of Thieves, and in terms of cinematography, that aim was achieved.
One thing that makes us marvel at the cinematography is the attention to detail placed on each war scene- the method of the killings as well as the visual effects.
It makes the movie an enjoyable watch because the nod-worthy scenes that take place in Jagun Jagun movie is the visual effects and how refined they are in each scene. The costume and design is also what makes the cinematography great. In making movies like this, Yoruba filmmakers are more likely to gravitate towards the costume and design alone since that alone can make up for the traditional sense portrayed in the movie.
However, for Jagun Jagun review, we can see that Femi Adebayo comes to a realisation that he needs to challenge himself and create visually stunning effects that could match the hype of the characters and the energy they portray.
True, the visual effects can definitely get better. But for a start, this is genuinely applauding.
Jagun Jagun Review: Storytelling/Screenplay
While the cinematography of Jagun Jagun is what makes the juice of the movie, the storytelling suffers, to a very much large extent. It would seem that in a bid to make the movie a long one, the storyline was stretched as thin as it possibly could.
For a two-hour long movie, Jagun Jagun review makes us begin to wonder what exactly the story is about. Yes, we get it, Ogundiji (character played by Femi Adebayo) is an extremely powerful being. But even the small sub-plots that are portrayed within this one hour span is not enough to save some of the boring moments that happens before the movie actually begins.
Great nods to the screenplay and the dialogue of the movie, it makes the unnecessarily long storytelling bearable. It is only when the challenge starts for Gbotija (character played by Lateef Adedimeji), that we begin to truly enjoy the movie. After the first 15 minutes where we get to see how powerful Ogundiji is, it begins to become a yawn when he prances around his palace and the fear he once held in the first few minutes begin to diminish.
However, Jaguar Jagun storyline rescues itself, because the moment the challenge begins for Gbotija, we begin to get more invested in the movie than we ever were. Also, when we find out that his daughter- Kitan– (character played by Bukunmi Oluwashina), who later turns out to be his adopted daughter, is the demon slayer Agemo, we doff our hats because it is a plot twist we never saw coming.
Jagun Jagun review: Acting
Asides the cinematography, the apt acting skills of Femi Adebayo, Lateef Adedimeji, Fathia Balogun-Williams, and most notably, Bukunmi Oluwashina, leaves nothing else to be desired.
The actors develop their characters much more than the way it was adapted into the scripts and we get to see their evolution even though it’s a 2-hour movie. It is interesting how we are invested enough in each of them- even Ogunjimi, who stays on our screen for all or less of 30 minutes.
All the actors did a great job in making the movie an enjoyable one. Special recognition to Femi Adebayo for not over-acting his character and staying true to his character’s essence.
Jagun Jagun reviews shows that the movie is enjoyable. People who are much older will find it very relatable and savour every second of it. It may not appeal entirely to the much younger set of Nigerians, but this may also be a probability considering that Adebayo’s last epic movie- King of Thieves, grossed over #450M at the cinemas and was seen by all and sundry.
Jagun Jagun Review: Is it worth watching?
Our Verdict: You need to watch this movie. Jagun Jagun movie is totally worth watching. Despite the dragged on storytelling and some events that do not tie to each other, the movie evens out with the climax and gives us a satisfying watch. It also has one of the best plot twists in the history of Yoruba Epic tales.
Jagun Jagun Review Rating
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About the filmaker
Adebayo began acting in 1985, the same year he featured in his father’s first movie titled Ogun Ajaye.
Adebayo has starred in over 500 Nigerian films, winning four awards as Best Yoruba actor at the 17th African Film Awards popularly known as Afro Hollywood awards at the Stratford Town Hall in London.
He also won an award in the same category for the Best of Nollywood Broadcasting Organization of Nigeria Awards in 2012.Adebayo has a long list of movies to his credits, which includes the Sonto Alapata, Wura Ati Fadaka, Ma Wobadan and Buga, among others. He is the MD/CEO of J-15 media network Nigeria.
Adebayo signed a deal with a digital TV platform, StarTimes as her ambassador.
In 2022 Femi Adebayo was nominated for Best Actor in A Comedy (AMVCA)
In July 2022, he was named as the ambassador for Kubanah whisky along with some other Nollywood actors.
Adebayo attended the C&S College, Ilorin, Kwara State for his secondary school education. He then went to the University of Ilorin, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in law. He later earned a master’s degree in law at the University of Ibadan.
Adebayo was born on 31 December 1978 in Lagos, southwest Nigeria. His father, who is a veteran Nigerian actor Adebayo Salami (Oga Bello), hails from Ilorin, Kwara State