MOVIE REVIEW: Jagun Jagun raises bar for Nigerian epic films

  • Movie Title: Jagun Jagun

    Release Date: 10 August 2023

    Director: Tope Adebayo and Adebayo Tijjani.

    Runtime: 2 hours, 14 minutes

    Cast: Adebayo Salami, Dele Odule, Yinka Quadri, Muyiwa Ademola, Odunlade Adekola, Fathia Balogun, Lateef Adedimeji, and Femi Adebayo

    It’s hard not to notice a pattern while reflecting on the number of Nigerian films released annually. It is in the sense that, among the hundreds of movies showcased yearly, there is always one that positions itself as a significant contender for the best movie of the year. In addition to its stellar casting and production design, such a film delivers excellently on a crucial part of filmmaking: storytelling.

    Although it seems too early to confer a film with such accolades in 2023, without a doubt, Jagun Jagun ticks off most of the boxes on the requirements of a good Nollywood flick.

    Produced by Femi Adebayo, Jagun Jagun tells the story of a warlord, Ogunjimi, feared by the people within and outside his community. However, the arrival of a young man reveals his insecurities, as he fears that his authority may soon be displaced.

    Written by Shola-Adido Oadotun