The Ghost And The Tout: Perfect Blend Of Sugar & Spice
Toyin Abraham's 2016 film Alakada Reloaded left us laughing so hard we wondered if some of the scenes were actually scripted or the actors were allowed some level of spontaneity.
But in The Ghost And The Tout, we can see a more mature Toyin. There is significant improvement in the story line.
Toyin refuses to create only comedy but drops some sprinkles of intrigue, a main plot and sub-plot that keeps you awake and entertained.
The movie was produced by Toyin Abraham and directed by Charles Uwagbai.
The Ghost and the Tout is a story of Mike (Sambasa Nzeribe), a rich kid who is about to get married to Adunni, until he is murdered a few days to his wedding.
His ghost meets Isila (Toyin Abraham) a tout, who begins to have nightmares after seeing the Oro masquerade, which women are forbidden to see in Yoruba tradition.
Mike seeks closure on how he died and Isila tries to help him but ends up putting her own life in danger.
The film reminds you of Banana Island Ghost, a lady trying to help a ghost solve a problem, squeezed between comedy and action.
The comedy element in this movie is commendable and the visual quality is exemplary.
Toyin goes the extra-mile to use known locations but with lots of creativity that even the familiar begins to look amazing and even more beautiful.
Sound has been a major concern for Nollywood films that make it to the big screens.
Unfortunately, this is not so different. The sound fluctuates and is inconsistent while some of the dialogue is drowned in the background music.
However, the film is one more reason Toyin Abraham is a famous and celebrated actor in Nigeria.
She brilliantly executes her character, while Samabsa Nzeribe, who is used to playing the tough macho roles, shows his versatility.
Who knew the stern eyed looking actor had it in him to be soft, venerable and sometime a complete sissy.
Only Toyin's hawk eyes could have spotted those qualities - GENIUS!
In addition, The Ghost and The Tout shows us how society ought to respect people who are considered less privileged or from poor backgrounds.
Toyin's character moves from a care-free person to a lady that begins to value life and seek purpose as the scenes roll on.
The movie will gain some popularity with the inclusion of Bobrisky - the social media celebrity - to the cast.
However, the he/she's cameo could have been easily ignored.
The film stars: Toyin Abraham, Sambasa Nzeribe, Josh2Funny, Dele Odule, Bobrisky, Chiwetalu Agu, Biodun Stephen, Omowumi Dada, Femi Adebayo, Funky Mallam, Chioma Akpota, Chigul, BayRay McNwizu, Bimbo Ademoye and Ronke Ojo
In conclusion, it is a movie we would recommend for everyone - love birds, daddy and mummy and the children should not be left at home.
Thumbs up to Toyin Abraham as she has proven once again that she can compete with the best.
Bounce Review Gives This Film - 4
1- Sucks 2-Okay 3-Good 4-Great 5-Out Of This World