Elesin Oba: Exploring the fourth stage of Soyinka and the mysteries of Ogun, but it is not the deep film that it pretends to be [Pulse Review]


It has changed over the centuries and has been an important part of numerous cultures and historical periods, including the Roman Republic, Elizabethan England, and modern times.

Numerous literary scholars have offered various definitions of the term “tragic play”. A play or drama with a depressing ending is how tragedy is typically classified as a type of drama, both informally and by laymen.

A detailed examination of the tragedy through the prism of its beginning; In Greek or classical literature, tragedy can be defined as a play in verse with a causally related chain of events in which the protagonist is tested, usually resulting in a disastrous ending.

Although the origins of classic and contemporary tragedies may change, the result is always the same: a person suffers a tragedy. The idea of ​​tragedy is common to Wole Soyinka and the postulates of African tragedy through the theory of the 4th stage and the mysteries of Ogun, and that is what Biyi Bandele‘s Elesin Oba examines, even though it comes from Soyinka’s source material.

Odunlade Adekola plays the king’s horseman, who must take his own life to join the king in the afterlife, keep him company and clear a path for him so he doesn’t wreak havoc on the world.

The three planes of existence, the world of the living, the world of the dead and the world of the unborn, must work in harmony, according to Soyinka’s 4th Stage idea. Both the unborn and the living will suffer if the dead do not make the transition.

This rite of passage must be completed and there must be a constant flow. But this time, Elesin has refused to die due to lust-induced blindness.

His sexual temperament makes the transition process difficult until a British commander, Simon Pilkings (Mark Elderkin), interferes with the rite and calls him a savage, endangering the locals.

After seeing the trailer, the discussion turned to whether we, as moviegoers and intellectuals, should be alarmed by the production of the film. Yes, the concerns I had before writing the opinion piece came true.

Elesin Oba it is not the brain movie presenting itself. Elesin Oba joins the list of movies that have been adapted and end up generating controversy over them and their original works, with many people claiming that the original content is better.

The tragedy of Macbeth a film version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, was released in 2021 and is a good example of how a play can be altered and still perform as well as the original.

Shakespeare’s name evokes academic lenses, as does Soyinka‘s, and if Coen (the director of The Tragedy of Macbeth) has accomplished anything with the film’s sheer tone, it’s finding a delightfully unsettling new vehicle for one of the writer’s most enduring works.

Here, Elesin Oba falls short: the film alienated the film medium by remaining excessively faithful to its source material, resulting in a theatrical interpretation of a film performance. The director couldn’t convey the story visually as he couldn’t find his unique angle.

Except for Shaffy Bello, the performance of the cast does not particularly stand out. Compared to other Oscar nominated movies like King of Thieves: Ageshinkole, Agenshikole it may have a much worse plot, but the performances of its cast are the redeeming grace of the film.

the plot of Elesin Oba it is presented in a terrible way, and when it is combined with a weak group of actors, the film is permanently damaged.

Excellent performances are given by Elesin Oba for poetic dialogue. The film’s characters downplay the catastrophe that is destined to befall the town as a result of Elesin’s failure to carry out his rite and the absence of what Soyinka calls the Ogunian’s will.

Eleshin’s failure has a ripple effect on the community as a whole, according to Soyinka and even some statements in the movie, but the community doesn’t even seem to understand this, and the whole transition process doesn’t feel like a filler in the movie; it doesn’t seem to have any psychological impact on people.

Color grading adds the final nail to the coffin. While I don’t support throwing the baby out with the bathwater, Elesin Oba’s the color betrays everything about the look of a period piece. Elesin Oba It’s not the deep film it purports to be. It’s an empty pumpkin wrapped in a peacock aesthetic; beautiful on the surface, but that doesn’t take away from the emptiness.

1. Even as a Yoruba man, some of the dialogue in Yoruba was not particularly clear to me until I read the subtitles. But somehow Pilkings and his wife were able to understand Eleshin and vice versa. Oh!

2. Brymo should stick to his music. he is terrible to see

3. It’s refreshing to see Shaffy Bello in this one. She made it.

4. The traditional music, although dominant at some point because it slowed down the film more, is very beautiful.


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