The Perfect Picture: Ten Years Later is a sequel to The Perfect Picture, an award-winning 2009 Ghanaian movie. It was written, produced, and directed by Shirley Frimpong- Manso. This movie like the original revolves around the same set of friends and the unending drama in their current relationships. Unlike the prequel,

The Perfect Picture this time spiced it up with a couple of Nigerian casts like Richard Mofe-Damijo and Gideon Okeke. Considering the prequel bagged up to three awards at the 2010 AMAA, this movie had a big shoe to fill.

Here is a quick breakdown of the pros and cons of the movie:

STRENGTHS

Music

One of the most delightful things in this movie is the music selection, especially the live performances. They were really nice and seamless. The melodious tunes really pulled everything together. Although some of the songs when subtitled, may not have been appropriate for some scenes, the sound itself just nailed it. 

Acting

The three friends which are the main character of this movie were portrayed by Jackie Appiah, Lydia Forson, and Naa Ashorkor Mensa Doku. These three actresses had chemistry and acted very well. But their performances are nothing compared to that of Gideon Okeke who played Yobanna. Although he had very little screen time, he owned his character in all the scenes he appeared.

The other cast members which included Adjetey Anang, Chris Attoh, Richard Mofe-Damijo, and Beverly Naya just to mention a few also gave really good performances. Although, there were some inconsistencies and RMD was a bit too relaxed, the collective performance of all the characters in the movie is really nice.

Location

Whoever is the location manager for this movie deserves a kudos. The locations were really beautiful. The homes, offices, resorts, and especially the walking trail were pleasing to the eyes. They added to the aesthetic presentation of the whole movie.

Cinematography and Post-Production

The cinematography, editing, grading, and the overall production design of this movie is highly commendable. Even though it had some scenes where another shot would have been preferred to depict the scene, the chosen shots still did justice to the scenes. The grading really highlighted the moods and settings of the scenes. Everything really came together nicely.

Message

With the general idea being the ups and downs in adult relationships, one must appreciate the message of female sexual empowerment that Shirley threw in the mix. It would seem that most Ghanaian movies tend to have a sexual subtext. Shirley did things differently by addressing the fear of owning one’s sexual desires as a female and that is impressive.

Could be Enjoyed as a different movie

Often times, it is quite difficult to understand the second part of a Nollywood/Ghallywood movie without watching the first part. It is not the same for this movie. The Perfect Picture: Ten Years Later can stand alone as a different movie entirely.

The Perfect Picture: 10 Years Later
The Perfect Picture: 10 Years Later

Weaknesses

Dialogues

For the most part of this movie, the dialogues were brilliant. A few other times, they were simply too fictitious and foreign, especially for this genre. Also, some of the dialogues were hanging. The only reasonable explanations would be the conversing actors forgot the connecting dialogues or the editor cut it out.

Predictable

Like most movies of this genre, this movie is predictable. The ups and downs of marriage, sexual compatibility, a good-looking temptation, and work troubles. These themes have been over flogged in the same progression. Although Dede’s (Lydia Forson) sex scandal is a spicy twist, the resolution of the situation is just as predictable as the rest of the story.

Lengthy

This movie is 150minutes long and that’s rather lengthy. It could have been reduced by at least 20minutes. The movie was really dragged out towards the middle with unnecessary events.

Plot Development and Continuity

For a movie that is 150 minutes long, it is safe to assume that all the progressions in the characters’ “situationships” would have been displayed. Unfortunately, this is not the case. And it seemed rather too convenient that Yobanna (Gideon Okeke)’s lawyer is Ofella. The motive can be justified but a different link other than the close friend of Aseye would have been better.

The movie had some continuity issues that aren’t too serious but are noticeable. An instance is the bright light shining through the window as Aseye made love to Larry in their kids’ room at night. It definitely wasn’t the security light which makes that scene questionable considering the following scene was also a night/dawn scene.

Conclusion

Despite the shortcomings, this movie can still pass as a good movie. And Yes, it is just another typical fairytale where all the main characters end up getting exactly what they want and need, still, it is better than some other movies in the same category. It would seem from the ending the audience should expect a third part. Hopefully, it will be a much better and less predictable part of these friends’ stories.


Photos © Sparrow Pictures, Ghana

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