Yay! I have rediscovered my Iroko Tv love hence the review of the movie “the Gateman”. It’s been so long I have reviewed a movie even though I have watched more than a few in the past few months. It’s just that the ones on Iroko Tv I have been watching this past few months are just somehow. I don’t know whether it’s me or Iroko Tv. Those ones were not gingering me to review anything at all. However Ladies and Gentlemen, I bring you………
The premise of the Gateman is exciting and the actors deliver. The heir of a Company ( Bolanle Ninalowo) returns from “the abroad” wants to know his company from inside out so he tells his dad he will not mind being a gateman.
His first day of resumption is hilarious, the Senior Gateman hears the accent, greets him and treats him courteously. Only to hear “I am the Gateman”. Hian! The senior gateman lambasts him and curses him so hard ehn, I was just laughing.
He falls in love with the head of HR played by Ruth Kadiri (or should I say she falls in lust with him because she just couldn’t hide her obvious attraction to him. This causes him further issues with her ex, the General Manager who still considers her his property and uses every opportunity to tonguelash the protagonist. He even slapped him once but the second time he tried to slap the protagonist again, this happened.
Back to my story, I mean review.
It’s a sweet movie. Nothing major, not much drama. We all love it when villains get served and this happens here. You can’t wait to see the faces of the wicked people (i.e The General Manager and his accomplice when they realize he’s really their boss).
I also like the lessons about treating people right because you don’t know who they are. For me it’s not just that you don’t know who they are, it’s that you also don’t know who they will become.
Look at Babatunde Fashola and Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, in Nigeria the former as Governor of Lagos Satate appointed the latter as Attorney General of Lagos State, and now the former is Minister for Power, Works and Housing. The former is now answerable to the latter as acting president ( he is back to being the Vice President but he was acting when i wrote this).
The last scene is pretty sweet, the Boss introduces the Gateman as his heir and the new Managing Director, the two love birds come to terms with the change in their dynamic.
The senior Gateman gets a raise and promotion for his loyalty and the face of the General Manager when he realized the Gateman he used to maltreat was his boss was priceless.
So let me criticise.
What was up with the hero/protagonist’s accent. His accent was cute but I don’t know how many gatemen with accents I have come across.
The movie came across as unrealistic in that area. Plus he sounded too posh and good looking to play a realistic gateman. Playing a clerk or something would have been more plausible.
Then there was Ruth Kadiri.
Now she’s a good actor, and I love her ordinarily. However her role here didn’t really click with the love story they were gunning for. In other countries her lusting so obviously over a junior could be termed sexual harassment. It was so somehow and it made me uncomfortable. It seemed more like she loved his body more than his heart. They had chemistry though so there’s that.
(Maybe i am being a prude sha, someone should watch and tell me what they think).
There are other criticisms but let me not spoil the movies further because its still worth watching. It’s really one I liked a lot. One I call a feel good movie.
I give it 8/10 probably because out of the nine or so I downloaded it was the most enjoyable.