Movie Review: Gringo

Isn’t it crazy? David Oyelowo, Charlize Theron and Joel Edgerton in one movie… I yelled in excitement when I saw the poster last year; extra-smiled after seeing the trailer and seeing Gringo, from the delectable Nash Egerton, well… let’s just say this is the most fun movie of twenty eighteen, uhn? *ducks Ready Player One debris* “Hey.”

Fasten your seatbelt, like Harold Soyinka (Oyelowo) would and let me take you through this ‘Not-America’ ride of the movie Gringo. So how do we do it? Spoilery or Spoiler Free?? I believe this is more for the people who haven’t seen it yet so ama be a lil on the border fence.

It’s a traditional theatrical display of sex, money, drug lords, corruption, lies, heartbreak, disloyalty and a black man.

Harold thought he had a friend in Richard(Edgerton) but he was being played by Harry and Elaine, the raunchy co-president who is played by the great Charlize Theron of all people. I mean, the acting wreaks awesomeness considering the last flick i saw her in: Atomic Blonde.

Here, Charlize stands high as the unbutton-first-four-button slutty boss who’s banging the other slutty boss(Edgerton) but actually believes he likes her enough(which is an L) to not bang anyone else.

Edgerton just plays a jerk. We see him in two onscreen relationship (another L for Theron’s character) and how quick he’s able to come up with plans to ruin another person’s life.

The different between these two bosses is clear: One is a man, the other is a woman.
Edgerton’s Ritch ends up behind bars and Theron’s Elaine wet-eyed the DEA into thinking she’s clean. Say whatever you want, Elaine spent all of her screen time wet-eyed in all sorts of ways but that doesn’t kill the love for the woman of contemporary Hollywood: Charlize F****** Theron.

Back to Oyelowo’s Harold Soyinka. He’s just an honest Nigerian man in America who wants to really get rich through honest means but spent half of his screentime plotting awfully unsuccessful shady and dishonest plans that still leads him to a Goodfellas all out shoot-out (who doesn’t want that experience) and the proverbial money on his lap.

We open with a potential kidnap of Soyinka. We learn it wasn’t a kidnap and then it became one and then it became an hostage situation and it became a kidnap again and… all these happens playfully with well-crafted scenery and super-interesting dialogue and no, we Nigerians don’t talk like that(at least not anymore) but this is by far the best iteration of a Naija Pesin in a Hollywood blockbuster.

Speaking of blockbuster, that’s an oversimplification. Gringo didn’t even hit the block — trust the border.

It was critically panned. 39% on Rotten Tomatoes. 46 out of 100 on Metacritic and it made just $11 Million _ like just half of what Leonardo Di Caprio bills you for a 90 minutes film. Maybe they didn’t get the humor. I did.

Okiki rates it 6/10. And that’s just because there’s a Nigerian. You should see this.

Okiki Adeduyite

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