Why Genevieve Nnaji’s Lionheart Movie Still Remains One of The Best On Netflix

Lionheart on Netflix - Genevieve Nnaji
Lionheart on Netflix - Genevieve Nnaji
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By Obinna Ejianya (9News Nigeria – Melbourne, Australia)

Released worldwide on Netflix on the 4th of January 2019, Lionheart is a heartwarming tale of resilience and unity that has stood the test of time, remaining one of the best Nollywood movies to be watched.

As the credits rolled after watching Lionheart, it became abundantly clear that this film is not just a mere cinematic experience; it is a masterpiece that effortlessly blends emotion, humor, and social commentary. Directed by Genevive Nnaji, Lionheart stands tall as a celebration of Nigerian culture and a testament to the power of family bonds.

At its core, Lionheart tells the story of Adaeze (played brilliantly by Genevive Nnaji), a strong and determined woman who finds herself caught in the male-dominated world of business, striving to save her father’s transportation company from imminent collapse. In a society where women’s voices are often silenced, Adaeze’s struggles and triumphs serve as a powerful metaphor for the resilience of women everywhere.

The plot of Lionheart shines with its simplicity, capturing the essence of the human experience. It navigates themes of tradition, progress, and sexism with grace, never falling into the trap of preaching. Nnaji’s direction ensures that every scene is meticulously crafted, with a perfect balance between lighthearted moments and poignant emotional beats.

The performances in Lionheart are outstanding, with Genevive Nnaji leading the charge as the charismatic and determined Adaeze. Her character’s journey is relatable and inspiring, striking a chord with audiences from all walks of life. Nnaji’s on-screen chemistry with Nkem Owoh, who plays her eccentric uncle, brings a comedic brilliance that adds depth and lightness to the film.

The stunning cinematography transports the viewer to the vibrant streets of Lagos, capturing the essence of Nigeria’s rich culture and colorful landscapes. Combined with impeccable production design, each frame feels like a work of art, showcasing the beauty and diversity of the Nigerian backdrop.

The film’s score, composed by a talented Nigerian musician, perfectly complements the narrative, enhancing each emotional beat in a way that is both cheering and introspective. The captivating musical moments pull at the heartstrings, engulfing the audience in an emotionally charged experience.

Lionheart’s special effects are minimal but effective, seamlessly blending into the narrative without overpowering it. The film’s focus lies in its compelling characters and thought-provoking dialogues, which drive the story forward and create a lasting impact.

The pace and editing are masterfully designed, allowing the audience to bask in the warmth of the characters’ interactions while maintaining an engaging momentum. Lionheart’s dialogues are witty, poignant, and thoughtfully written, leaving room for both laughter and contemplation.

What truly resonates with Lionheart is its ability to provoke a myriad of emotions. Laughter and tears coexist, reminding us of the importance of family, unity, and standing up for what we believe in. The film leaves a lasting impression, reinforcing the significance of female empowerment and the transformative power of storytelling.

While Lionheart deserves commendation for its numerous strengths, there are a few fleeting moments where the plot could have delved deeper into certain character arcs to create an even stronger impact. Nonetheless, these minor shortcomings pale in comparison to the film’s overall brilliance.

In conclusion, Lionheart is a must-watch film that transcends cultural boundaries and leaves a lasting imprint on the viewer. Genevive Nnaji’s exceptional directorial debut showcases her talent as a filmmaker and storyteller. This thought-provoking and heartwarming tale of resilience and unity uplifts the spirit and cements Lionheart’s place as a true gem in the world of cinema.

Lionheart cast:

  1. Genevieve Nnaji as Adaeze Obiagu, daughter of Chief Ernest Obiagu; Director of Logistics and Operations at the Lionheart company.
  2. Nkem Owoh as Chief Godswill Obiagu, younger brother to Chief Ernest Obiagu; new head of the Lionheart company. He is also the Managing Director of the Owerri headquarters of the company.
  3. Pete Edochie as Chief Ernest Obiagu, owner of Lionheart company and father to Adaeze & Obiora; husband to Abigail Obiagu.
  4. Onyeka Onwenu as Abigail Obiagu, mother of Adaeze and Obiora, wife of Chief Ernest Obiagu
  5. Kanayo O. Kanayo as Igwe Pascal, owner of IG Motors, who wants to buy Lionheart company
  6. Kalu Ikeagwu as Samuel Akah, director of Engineering Services at Lionheart company, who connives with Igwe Pascal to take over the company.
  7. Jemima Osunde as Onyinye, personal assistant to Adaeze Obiagu
  8. Sani Muazu as Alhaji Danladi Maikano
  9. Chibuzor Azubuike (also known as Phyno) as Obiora Obiagu, brother to Adaeze Obiagu; an up-and-coming musician.
  10. Ngozi Ezeonu as Chioma Obiagu, wife of Godswill Obiagu
  11. Yakubu Mohammed as Hamza Maikano
  12. Peter Okoye as Arinze
  13. Chika Okpala as a member of the board of directors of Lionheart

Report by Obinna SMOG Ejianya (9News Nigeria – Melbourne, Australia)

Obinna Ejianya writing for 9News Nigeria from Melbourne, Australia
Obinna Ejianya writing for 9News Nigeria from Melbourne, Australia
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