Iyore is a Frank Rajah Arase film that was set in Benin Kingdom a little bit of the Yoruba Land which shares a border with the Benin Kingdom. It is the story of re-incarnation, love, tradition, customs, beliefs and obedience. It plays up the rich heritage of the Benin Kingdom, giving us an insight into what really has made the Kingdom thick over the years. Their respect for the gods of the land, what may be presumed to be barbaric but yet embraced by the people at that time (not sure what is obtainable today). Scary how a maiden is married to a King knowing that she is to have no sexual knowledge of any man. She is to remain a virgin until death as she is even to be buried alive with the Oba alongside 2 others.
Location: The movie must have been shot in Benin Kingdom as it was too real not to be.
Narrative: The narration was clear though with a hint of suspense. I say suspense because the 2 hour movie ended on a note that not many had expected.
Language: I could place it alongside the Things Fall Apart category in the aspect of languuage. One that children could be encouraged to see in improving their grammar if not for the rating or could it be a PG movie? Frank still needs to get someone to work with some of the cast on diction and in the subtitling of the movie.
Costume: If you have never been to Benin or have no clue what their attire is, just watch Iyore. Go take a peek at the rich cultural heritage of the Benin people.
Sound: The sound track was quite captivating and resounding.
Casting: Rita Dominic, Joseph Benjamin, Paul Obazele, Okawa Shaznay, Yemi Blaq, were a few of the cast whose names easily come to mind and they were good in interpreting the roles assigned to them. It has been a while I saw Paul in such a role and I must say he was good. Rita was good, Okawa was beautiful, Joseph was splendid, Yemi was awesome and the entire cast was great. They weren’t all popular faces but what mattered the most was that they delivered.
Iyore shows at the cinemas in Nigeria and Ghana from the 8th of May. We appeal to you to support this great movie. We hope to bring you the schedule at the Genesis and Silverbird cinemas.