The Art Of Deciding What Movie To Watch Next…..

Kai, I just wasted my money watching this movie!

Olorun Oba! What did I just watch?

Omo, this film was stupid jor, what nonsense!

Well, I dunno, it was OK I guess….

All of the above are sentiments I have observed from various movie goers, at different times, for different films; and while it’s understandable that different people would have different opinions about different films, I find myself asking if people just like having horrible experiences in the cinema.

It may sound like I’m taking all the blame away from the movie makers and shifting it all to the audience, well YES I AM! If you go to the cinema and you watch a movie you consider absolutely horrendous, then it’s your fault!

Please consider the following questions and truthfully answer them:

  1. Do you know the kind of films you tend to enjoy the most? This could be based on genre, storylines, actors, etc…
  2. Do you look beyond the trailer of a movie into reviews, actual plot and movie information before deciding to watch that next movie or does the poster determine it for you?
  3. Have you ever thought about looking at box office trends while trying to decide what to watch next? This is the hardest and requires some skill so it may not be for everyone.

Why am I asking all these questions; well I’ll tell you why….

You cannot be too lazy about finding out information about the movie you’re about to watch. If you are, then you can’t have anyone to blame but yourself if the movie turns out horrible.

Just in case you didn’t know, it’s the right of the movie maker to make a crappy film, GBAM!!!

Luckily enough, it’s also YOUR RIGHT to decide whether you will spend your hard earned money furthering the cause of such a film maker or telling him to carry his market elsewhere.

The problem is that I feel too many of us just look at movie watching as one thing you just do on a whim, ‘Oga, what is showing next, abeg give me ticket make I watch am.’

It is amazing how many people still go to the cinema and end up asking the attendant selling the ticket what movie they recommend to watch. In this day and age?!!! Ha, you don fall my hand.

Oya, what kind of films do you like, or what were the last three films you absolutely enjoyed! ‘Hmm, eehhn, I can’t remember.’ Ehen! OK O.

This movie has got a deep plot, the CGI was absolutely spectacular and the soundtrack did an awesome job of portraying the characters’ emotions. ‘Ehen, is it interesting?’

Ha, with all I just said, this person is asking if it was interesting. OK it is interesting, Tom Cruise is in it.

Ha! Tom Cruise, Ok, the mission impossible guy abi? I’m sure it’s interesting.

Toh! You never hala.

If only the trailer of a film can make you go and watch the  film, then you deserve to watch all the horrible films possible to man! And I mean that wholeheartedly.

The argument I get from a lot of people is, ‘why should I spoil all the surprise and know what will happen in a film before I watch it?’

I reply thus, ‘if its surprise you want, then you can receive all the surprise you want watching all the horrible films that pour onto our screens yearly.’

I really don’t think reading the plot of a film kills a film. I’m not asking you to go around sinking in all the spoilers possible, but the truth is that no matter how much you read about a movie, the delivery onto the screen tends to always offer some surprise beyond what you imagined.

Ask all the numerous fans of books out there who watched the movie adaptations, watching is not the same as reading.

What exactly am I trying to say in the long run…… Just before you take that next trip to the cinema, do a little research.

Find out about the film and decide if it sounds like something YOU would like.

Don’t just listen to the, Mehn! It was awesome, Mehn! It’s the best film out there or the Mehn! You need to watch this film.

And in this age where movies tend to run longer, before you waste the next two hours of your life, N1,000 to N2,500 of your money and a good percentage of your brain matter, take 5-10mins to read a little bit about the film or check out what kind of film it is; it’s the only way you can get your money’s worth.

Do not be like the man who went to the store to buy a phone, then after buying the phone starts to complain that the phone does not have the capacity to browse with Wi-Fi. Oga, you no read wetin the phone fit do before you buy am?

Manage your expectations, know what you are getting yourself into, don’t let your emotions decide for you because OMO! EMOTIONS DEY LIE GAAAN!!!!

So tell me, what movie are you watching next and why?



  1. Nollywood REinvented

    31st July 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Nice article lol. So uhm what’s your advice for folks like me who have to write the reviews? How do I decide what movie to watch next? 🙂

    • MoviePencil

      1st August 2013 at 6:44 am

      Lol, fortunately/unfortunately we don’t have a choice but to explore more movies and truthfully, it’s hard to be objective sometimes when you have to watch something that normally wouldn’t satisfy your tastes. But that’s where the skill of being a reviewer falls into place, being able look at a film beyond whether your emotions liked it or not and basing it on some set standards you’re looking out for. Our work is cut out for us but I guess we love what we do 🙂

      • MoviePencil

        1st August 2013 at 6:52 am

        And as for how to decide what to watch next, Reviewers are advised to pick a niche too. If you have to watch a lot of films to review, it’s at least more advisable to watch a genre that would probably give you at least some level of satisfaction regardless of the rubbish they may churn out. But truth be told, we also can’t watch everything so we can still go through some of the above motions to manage our expectations.

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