Cinema Review: Lara and The Beat Offers Nothing Spectacular
Lara and The Beat is just a good film that lives you disappointed considering all the hype that came with it.
Lara and the Beat is a coming of age movie about the young and beautiful Giwa sisters caught in the center of a financial scandal with their late parents’ Media Empire. The sisters are forced out of their privileged bubble, and must learn to build their own future and salvage their family’s name.
The movie stars Sheyi Shay, Vector, Somkele Idhalama, Chinedu Ikedieze (Aki), Bimbo Manuel, Chioma Akpotha, DJ Xclusive, Deyemi Okanlawon, Ademola Adedoyin, Shaffi Bello, Lala Akindoju, Wale Ojo, Akah Nnani, and Uche Jombo.
The movie is directed by Tosin Coker (Finding Neptune) and produced by Biola Alabi (Before 30 and Banana Island)
Technically, Lara and The Beat ticks all the boxes. Sound is perfect. The score is beautiful; the original songs are in tune with the feel of the film. Cinematography isn’t bad. Editing could’ve been better with the way scenes were cut through.
The story is relatable and it’s easy to sympathise with the characters. The chemistry between Somkele and Seyi as sisters is enjoyable. The acting is good; Kemi Lala Akindoju outshines in every scene she appears in; Vector’s acting could’ve been better, it did seem as though he was struggling through the lines in some scenes but did have a nice chemistry with Sheyi as her love interest. Characters were properly introduced.
The Advert placements is an improvement to Biola Alabi’s last movie, Banana Island Ghost. Although, there were scenes that weren’t necessary like the scene at the bank.
The biggest con of the film, I think was that the movie did a lot of telling instead of showing and it was unfair to the audience. Most of the problems in the film were resolved outside the film so that the audience got to hear about it only through dialogues. I was expecting something spectacular to form the climax of the film but all issues in the film got resolved seamlessly. Even with the love story between Lara and Sal, nothing great happened. I expected some raunchy scenes but even the two kisses we got lasted barely three seconds.The rain in one of the scenes could’ve looked a little more real.
Lara And The Beat is watchable but it is definitely not the great film we were promised.
By Dika Ofoma, a movie blogger with Linjust. He is a cinephile who is interested in movie reviews and discussion.