100 Word Review: Half of A Yellow Sun is a pretty picture lacking depth

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Title: Half of A Yellow Sun

Genre: Romantic Drama

Director: Biyi Bandele

Year: 2014

Biyi Bandele’s Half of A Yellow Sun attempts to tell a love story with the backdrop of the Biafran war. I don’t know whether it is because we are watching the edited version in Nigeria but his adaptation of the novel leaves me yearning for more – more love, more war and more emotion. It seems like some of the foreign actors came on set to look pretty, recite lines and pack up their bags. The Nigerian cast fare better. The music, set design and costume all score big points but don’t make up for the predictable screenplay and unexciting directing.

Reviewed by Isabella Akinseye

Watch the trailer of Half of a Yellow Sun here.

View pictures from the Nigerian premiere of Half of a Yellow Sun here

Listen to the official soundtrack of Half of a Yellow Sun here.

Listen to the official theme song of Half of a Yellow Sun here.


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