Movie Review: Sista

‘Sista’ has been trending in Nigeria, Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda, Cameroon, Azerbaijan and a few other countries these past few days, and it’s easy to see why. Well, we’ll get to that part.

Sista is a nollywood drama with a tad bit of comedy embedded in it, albeit quite subtle but also not expected to be overboard considering the message the movie passes across.

The movie sets light on a striving mother who is left to face her worst nightmare when the father of her two Children suddenly returns into their lives in the most dramatic of ways only to steal the kids’ attention.

I have heard people who were specifically raised by their mothers say the movie struck some sort of chord within them owing to the kind of “sole-parented” upbringing they had, if there’s any compound English like that. Well, perhaps_ but from where I’m sitting I’d say this movie is practically relatable, single parent or not. It is one movie that tows at your heartstrings, and the fact that the screenplay is so definite and straight to the hook makes it even more captivating.

Biodun Stephen is a smooth filmaker. If anything at all, this movie only solidifies her dexterity and it’s beginning to seem as though she has this ever-flowing oil of inspiration where she taps into every now and then, because just like every other work she’s done, this one is just as good as they come. She wrote, directed and produced the movie, and as if that wasn’t enough, her casting of Kehinde Bankole in the movie was it for me. I mean, Kehinde Bankole was ‘Kehinde-ing’, the way she embodied the role was giving. Babe literally ate her role without leaving crumbs, and it’s just so sweet to behold.

Before seeing the movie, I never for once thought she had that smooth range. Don’t mince it, I know she’s good, and she’s showed that overtime, but the way she carried herself, showed thorough and deep emotions, delivered her lines_ in such semi-literate manner easily got me sold.

Away from Kehinde, Tope Olowoniyan is another cast in the movie who deserves some credit, personally I love the way the beautiful actress delivered her lines unflinchingly, just as much as Bisola Aiyeola, Deyemi Okanlawon and co.

Any downsides? Well, I’d say Sista somewhat came out as that very linear movie without much cinematic swerve, plus I’m still wondering how a young “Sista” played by Adedamola Adewale was without a diastema only to become a Kehinde Bankole with one. Other than those tiny blots, I think the movie is a near perfect work of art.

I would easily rate it a 8/10.

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