Reviewer: Wingonia Ikpi
‘The Ghost and the Tout’ is one film that screams the need for a professional screenwriter.
The story follows the life of a vibrant young lady (Toyin Abraham) who grew up in a Ghetto and met with a ghost after an unfortunate incident happened to her. Soon her life thrown into series of dramas that only her can see and understand.
Isla the tout (Toyin Abraham) comes from the Ghetto and lives in a shack. She is rowdy and boisterous. Her everyday life consists of fights, drinking, partying, and hustling. Isla has an encounter with a masquerade – Oro, which no woman is meant to see, hence, she begins to have nightmares and with the package comes the ability of seeing ghosts.
Mike (Sambasa Nzeribe) comes from wealth, has a trusted best friend and difficult father who is also a business mogul. His almost perfect life is ended when he is killed a few days to his wedding and everyone including his ex becomes a suspect.
The story takes form after the death of Mike as both Tout and Ghost meet themselves at a point of quest; one hopes to find a solution to her nightmares, the other is unable to rest in peace.
With hackneyed signatures like ‘Are you maaadd??’, ‘som’n jus happen ryy now’, ‘Monkey’, the movie feels like a Yoruba film buffed with camera, higher budget and Instagram celebrities and a lot of flat scenes that do not add to the growth of the film, one of which was the scene where Bobrisky was bullied.
Packed full with your favourite Instagram comedians whose attempts at comedy were either forced or overused, the first couple of scenes and terrible continuity gets you asking “why didn’t I spend the ticket fee on a cup of cold-stone ice-cream?”
It is understandable that the celebrities were cast for marketing sake, but they could have been given more useful or well defined roles. Characters like Bobrisky and Kaffy could have brought more colour if utilized effectively.
The background sound interfered with the characters’ dialogue. An example is the scene where Mike’s sister made enquiry concerning the breakup of his former relationship. The dialogue was unclear due to the background sound from the flashback.
The strengths of this film, however, is in the contrast of the main characters, but most importantly, the acting prowess of Toyin Abraham. One can feel the character come alive. Her humour and idiosyncrasies like the rubbing of head, exclamations, lying prowess, made her character interesting to watch. I just wish she didn’t overuse the ‘Am I the one that killed you’ line.
‘The Ghost and the Tout’ has an original story but is overwhelmed by lazy writing and bad production.
‘The Ghost and the Tout’ brings a satisfying humour but is almost ruined by a lack of thought process, continuity, sound, photography, plot holes, predictable conclusion, which may have been as a result of rush of the production process.