Bazodee

“Bazodee”, a local term used to describe a disoriented sensation, for example waking up in the middle of the night to an unexpected phone call from a friend or family member can give you the feeling that is “bazodee”. Bazodee is also the name of a local movie that was part of the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival.

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The movie’s overall production was decent. A couple of the country’s shores played the role of setting scenes throughout the movie. Beaches like Pigeon Point and Maracas Bay were shown in the form of transitional scenes. Street signs were shown onscreen, making the audience think and mentally try to put themselves in that location and wonder how it could have been transformed to look the way it did. Local vendors on both islands made cameos. The culture of the islands was showcased in many forms throughout the movie, from beach life to a street party with tassa drums, and after work “limes” in bars to “big fetes”. In local palance, Trinbagonian culture is like a pot of pelau, it has a little bit of everything that’s good to make something great.

The main characters were Lee de Leon, a retired musician making a comeback, played by local soca artiste Machel Montano and Anita Panchouri, the daughter of a deep in debt Indian businessman, played by Natalie Perera. Without giving away too much of the plot of the movie, Anita helps Lee realize that music is a part of himself that he can’t and shouldn’t run away from and in return Lee performs at her engagement party to show his appreciation for what she did for him.

The characters were enjoyable, most having a broad sense of humor, but the acting was average. Some of the actors did well and others looked like they needed more practice or simply to be replaced. Montano’s acting was poor to say the least. His dialogue wasn’t fluent, it seemed slow, drawn and very forced. To be fair, in the scenes where music and performing were involved his acting was tolerable. Perera on the other hand was the complete opposite. Her acting was impressive and enjoyable but every single time that she broke into song the unnatural sound of the overbearing amount of auto-tune used was hard to cope with.

Lastly, the soundtrack was enjoyable. The remastered versions of Montano’s hits like Human (Travis World Remix), One Wine (feat. Major Lazer) and One More Time, just to name a few, were done really well and they can arguably be considered the best part about the entire production from a consumer’s standpoint. As mentioned before, Perera’s vocals had far too much auto-tuning to be enjoyable but other than that the soundtrack worked well for the most part, but a couple songs didn’t quite fit the scenes that they were put in.

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