Dazzling Mirage is the 2014 adaptation of Olayinka Egbokhare’s book by the same name. Directed by Tunde Kelani, it stars Kemi Lala Akindoju, with Kunle Afolayan, Seun Akindele, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Bimbo Manuel, Carol King, Aderounmu Adejumoke and Yomi Fash Lanso.
The movie follows Funmiwo (Kemi Lala Akindoju), a woman with sickle cell anaemia who is determined to live a normal life and have a successful career. She struggles to be accepted by society, especially her boyfriend’s mother, who worries that she can’t have children.
Beautiful but flawed
Dazzling Mirage excels at two things – passing information about sickle cell to the public, and giving us the feels. It is a story meant to invoke sympathy as Funmi suffers, followed by joy as she gets everything she ever wanted. It shows that while sickle cell carrier needs a lot of attention and care, they can still achieve great things. It is important that they and their loved ones avoid giving in to despair, to help them recover quicker and easier.
The movie’s main flaw is that it doesn’t explore things enough. Funmi finds out something huge and we barely see her discuss it with the other parties involved. She doesn’t get enough moments to connect with her love interest. Sometimes the movie is like a montage. It should have explored Funmi’s relationships more because they are what shape her life, more so than the public ever can.
Cast and production
Kemi Lala Akindoju’s performance is commendable. She really sold her determined, often exasperated character, who goes through a lot of pain, both physical and emotional, but overcomes them. Kunle Afoloyan plays her love interest but doesn’t really sell it as a man in love, and the relationship isn’t developed enough to make them look good together. Taiwo Ajai-Lycett is great here, playing the overbearing mother who disapproves of her son’s relationship with a sickle cell carrier. Unfortunately, there were a lot of moments where other actors were very stiff or had bad timing.
As for the cinematography, the colour grading is not that great but there are some really beautiful shots as well as locations. Another great thing about Dazzling Mirage is the music, a beautiful blend of traditional and modern.
Are you sickle-smart?
We hope this movie encourages couples to check their genetic compatibility and inspires carriers to chase their dreams, even if they seem too great. It should also help reduce discrimination and help people understand sickle cell better. It is not a spiritual problem, but purely genetic.