MOVIE REVIEW: Why ‘Orisa’ movie is totally worth watching (Video)

Orisa is similar to an average Yoruba movie, but what makes it stand out is its stellar cast, the teaching of a mother’s love, and a solid moral lesson on “Pride goeth before fall.”

Release Date: 21 July 2023

DirectorOdunlade Adekola

Runtime: 1 hour 45 minutes

Cast: Odunlade Adekola, Femi Adebayo, Shaffy Bello, Jide Kosoko, Dele Odule, Muyiwa Ademola, and Eniola Ajao.

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In the perspective of filmmaking, July 2023 will be remembered.

Due to the producer’s massive marketing budget, moviegoers experienced “Barbie fever”; fans of Opphemiere and Barbie were caught up in a digital battle; Femi Adebayo sent chills down our spines with the trailer of his new epic film, Jagun Jagun; and Odunlade Adekola brought old Yourba glam to the red carpet during the premiere of his film, Orisa.

When analyzing the evolution of Nollywood, one cannot not but recall the enormous diversity of Yoruba films saw as a child, whether it was Abeni or Maami.

It is for this reason that when film makers like Odunlade narrate indigenous stories, spectators feel a sense of nostalgia and are impressed. Orisa is the most recent addition to the list of Nollywood films that avoid westernized portrayals of Nigerian culture.

With a cast that includes both industry veterans and newcomers, Orisa takes viewers on an epic trip into a realm that offers a solid moral message. This adventure, however, is cut short because there aren’t enough dramatic occurrences to keep viewers interested.

While the film keeps spectators on the edge of their seats, crossing their fingers in anticipation of what might happen to the protagonist, the film is organized in such a way that the gaps in the plot progression are missed.

It also lacks significant reason for the characters’ actions and contains several extraneous elements that may have simply been cut out.


The costumes, production designs, acting performances, and dialogues that immerse viewers in a rich cultural experience save Orisa.

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