Star Studded Projects Are Overrated. Yes, I Said It.
We’ve had “30 days in Atlanta”, “A trip to Jamaica” “The Wedding Party” and now, Genevieve’s yet to be released “Lion Heart”.
I think several top stars sharing the screen is coming all too soon. I don’t want to see another big project with a congregation of famous faces. I honestly don’t.
It’s not just that star-studded movies tend to be wack because such films usually have nothing much going on other than parading celebrities, it also takes away the ‘mystery’ effect surrounding A-listers. I’ll explain the latter.
As much as we’d love to see several recognisable faces in the same room having fun together on set, I think having several A-listers together should be like a rare, once in a life time thing. Fans shouldn’t get used to such sightings. Let there be an element of intrigue surrounding who gets to work with who.
For example, in the music industry, every big name has done a collabo with another big name (some, more than once), quite very early in their careers. Right now, there’s nothing worth anticipating from A-listers collabos, because they’ve all done joints with each other. There’s pretty much no one left to collaborate with. Psquare vs Phyno, 2face vs Psquare, Olamide vs Phyno, Omawumi vs Waje, Tiwa vs Wizkid – you name it, we’ve seen it.
Sadly, we see a lot of A-listers – singers, comedians, reality show stars, together on several projects no thanks to our movie producers who use a star-studded cast to boost watery story lines.
The thing is, a movie will still break the box office if unpopular leads and names we don’t know kill their roles and if the storyline is well crafted. Game of Thrones is a great example of this. This is why my love for film producer and director, Kunle Afolayan, stays strong. Kunle doesn’t need to cast household names as main characters to make a hit. For example, I didn’t know the talented Nse Ikpe-Etim, until I watched Phone Swap. Kunle is smart. Be like Kunle.
That’s my grouse – star-studded parodies. Can’t we have brilliant movies with fresh faces? Does anyone out there agree with me?
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