Jagun Jagun: Our thoughts on the movie

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Before delving deeper, let me introduce a few thoughts about the film. As someone who loves African magic epic movies, I must commend Nollywood’s transformation. The production of captivating epics, like Jagun Jagun, provides a glimpse into Nigeria’s extraordinary history and cultural heritage, handed down through generations.

According to a Premium Times review, “Jagun Jagun sets a benchmark for future Nollywood epic films.” The inclusion of iconic actors, including Bimbo Ademoye, speaks volumes about the director’s commitment to excellence.

The film, helmed by the renowned Femi Adebayo, portrays a gripping tale of a Yoruba warlord whose authority is threatened by a young warrior’s enlistment in his army. Throughout the movie, Adebayo’s masterful storytelling shines through, with mysticism, folklore, and cultural heritage woven into every scene. Upon release, the film soared to Number 1 on Netflix Nigeria and Number 4 on Netflix UK, though its position has since shifted to accommodate more recent releases.

A Script Worth Applause:
As previously mentioned, the writer’s diligence shines through, although some scenes leave room for improvement, such as the final battle sequence marred by the Nollywood industry’s ongoing struggle with special effects. No spoilers here, so I won’t delve into specific scenes. While certain moments seemed disjointed, it’s worth noting that some Nigerians also questioned the inclusion of supernatural powers for the young warrior and the omission of the warlord’s formidable strength.

A Different Perspective:
My interpretation differs. Allow me to share why the director might have bestowed supernatural powers upon the young warrior – brace yourself, it’s quite the revelation.

Read the book AJAKA THE WHITE WIZARD. It’s an enthralling novel about a young warrior king who sought a feared wizard’s aid to prove himself to his people. This wizard, harnessing nature’s spirits and magic, healed the sick and restored the land.

We see some similarities in the storytelling of Jagun Jagun and Ajaka the white wizard. It is also evident that Femi Adebayo drew inspiration from this tale. Lines from AJAKA THE WHITE WIZARD mirror scenes were seen in the film

“Then a king needs wisdom and great powers behind him,” Elewi pointed out…
“Yes, he has strange powers that move mountains, walk on seas, and conjure rain with a mere whisper.”
“For seven days, without sustenance, I waited, learning his secrets…”

Did you observe the parallels if you’ve seen the movie? Mention of Ogundiji’s power, the depiction of Gbotija’s connection to nature, and Gbotija’s confinement in a coffin. If these vague allusions don’t beckon you to witness this film, I’m uncertain what will. Jagun Jagun appears poised to claim the mantle of the movie of the year, overshadowing other releases.

Congratulations to the film’s producers, directors, cast, and crew on successfully producing a masterpiece. Seeking a movie that elicits gasps of disbelief? Jagun Jagun is a stellar choice.



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