Movie Review: Citation The Movie

P.S: If you hate spoilers, you might want to pause now and come back after seeing the movie.

We were all patiently waiting for the movie which featured the daughter of one of the most popular billionaires in Nigeria, as the lead actress. Finally on the 6th of November, our prayers were answered, as the movie made its debut on Netflix.

On seeing the opening scene where the female student was on the phone with her lecturer, I didn’t know what to expect, and I just wanted the movie to skip to the part where Temi Otedola came on screen. To be honest, when the next scene after that ended in death and the movie skipped to two years later, I was still trying to figure out the relevance of that opening scene. The story could have been told without showing that part.

Let’s take a look at the characters:


First of all, I didn’t see the need for the Yoruba speaking part of Moremi. She should have stuck with just English and French, because it was obvious she was struggling with the Yoruba language. But then again, it could have been part of the character to struggle with her local dialect, since she hadn’t been in the country for some time. The Moremi character also seemed too naïve to me. I couldn’t imagine any average Nigerian student ignoring all those warning signs from the lecturer. The fact that she was still cordial to him, even after he’d made some inappropriate comments to her seemed unrealistic to me, at the very least, any normal student would have started avoiding that particular lecturer. Her facial expressions sometimes failed to convey the emotions of her words and vice versa.


The actor portrayed the character excellently in my opinion. He was able to make the switch from friend to benefactor to psycho, flawlessly. Although, I didn’t see the need for some of the dry jokes he tried to crack with his students… “Anyway, all I know is that jollof rice originated from Senegal” and the whole class starts laughing, while I’m on the other side of the screen thinking “Uhmm but it’s not that funny… I mean it’s not funny at all”.


Gabriel Afolayan is a fantastic actor in my opinion and this time was no different. Even though I felt like the whole karate thing wasn’t necessary. I didn’t see the need for it except that he taught his babe how to knee someone in the groin, which is like self defense 101.

The other actors did a fine job as well, but apart from the fact that the movie addresses salient issues like sex for grades and abuse of power by lecturers, it was not a particularly fantastic movie. I liked the idea of not trying to have all the nollywood popular actors in the movie and the ones that were present, took supporting roles, leaving new actors to take on the lead roles.

The best things about the movie for me were the tour of Senegal, the subtle shoving of Obafemi Awolowo University’s beauty in our faces (Kunle Afolayan we’ve seen o! OAU is fine), Ibukun Awosika’s appearance and her “schooling” of Professor N’dyare in the art of “do you know who I am?” If I were to rate the movie, I’d give the acting a 6.5, just to be fair. The location is a 10/10 for me. I almost forgot! Those clown twins, what was the need for them again?! I don’t see this particular movie winning an award, except for cinematography, but if you just need something to feast your eyes upon, after a very long day spent in traffic, then you should see this movie. If you end up not liking it, you would have at least gotten an addition to your bucket list from the places shown.

P.S: don’t say I never did anything for you!


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