WE ARE ONE: A GLOBAL FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW! Child kidnapping is an issue that has plagued the world for thousands of years. The United States, Brazil, and Uganda are just some of the places that suffer from the horrific effects of child kidnapping, and politics has recently started playing a significant role in putting an end to deplorable actions of those involved. Joseph Kony (in Uganda) is probably the most well-known individual to be involved in the kidnapping and abuse of young children, making Uganda the perfect place to emphasize the distress that child-kidnapping causes. Crazy World attempts to tackle the difficult subject and shed light on the injustices that take place every day around the world. In the dangerous country of Uganda, children struggle to remain safe as many horrible men are out to remove them from their loving homes and out into the Crazy World that surrounds them. In this (what I would consider a) mockumentary/action film, multiple dark and horrific scenarios are depicted to help make clear to the world the distress that Ugandan families often face at the hands of some truly horrible people (with a twist). Throughout the film, audiences find themselves immersed in a film that is being made at the present moment. The narrator, VJ Emmie, seems to be expressing to audiences that Crazy World is in progress and that they are along for the journey.
The film opens with a brief explanation of the set used to film many Ugandan films. A gentleman walks audiences through the set and shows them the most important aspects of what is called Wakaliwood. The audience is introduced to the numerous sets used for the upcoming film, the young children as they train for their respective roles and their version of a wall of fame–a wall covered in the names of those who have participated in Wakaliwood’s films. As audiences reach the end of their tour, they are told that it is time for Crazy World and one of the greatest films ever made.
“…depicts child kidnapping and the stress it places on families…”
Realistically, expectations are not high for Crazy World when it is made clear what exactly the production company is working with. However, even those low expectations are shattered (almost instantly) when viewers begin to understand just how low budget the film is. The story is quite compelling, as it depicts child kidnapping and the stress it places on families (and more specifically those children) who are involved. Writer-director Nabwana IGG attempts to make the film more accessible to audiences by incorporating humor into the script. The attempt at humor comes in the form of a narrator poorly (and excitedly) narrating over the actions and dialogue already in place. The humor, however, misses its target and actually becomes quite annoying. As viewers attempt to focus on the film, Emmie continues to talk and distract them from what is taking place. The most successful attempts at humor are those that belittle Producer Alex’s Mr. Big. As the film progresses, viewers see how the antagonist becomes the butt of many silly, but hilarious jokes about his size and stature. So, there is hope for IGG’s comedy after all.
The acting is mostly unappealing, and it fails to reach or impress audiences, However, of all who take part in bringing this story to life, Isaac Newton Kizito (Kido) is the most talented. For a boy who must be no more than ten years old possesses a talent that, in many ways, will open up a bright and promising future for him in Hollywood. He is expressive, energetic, and lovable from the moment he steps onscreen until the waning moments of Crazy World. He is the budding star in this film, and it seems possible that his future in the world of film is bright.
A combination of subpar acting, ridiculous and unnecessary graphics, and frustratingly annoying narration causes Crazy World to fall short of any and all expectations that audiences might have going into the film. The saving grace of the film is the passion that those involved with Wakaliwood have for filmmaking and for this specific project. The opening segment makes it very clear how important this project (and film in general) is to this production company and all involved. While Crazy World is not impressive, the sentiment behind the project, the passion that clearly goes into every moment of production, and the talented Kizito provide the audience reasons to appreciate what is being done.
"…the antagonist becomes the butt of many silly, but hilarious jokes..."