ongo, billed as SA TV’s first live-action black superhero, is more silly than super.
Telling the story of a Joburg man who discovers a blue crystal that gives him superpowers to fight baddies (who have red and green crystals), Jongo is supposed to be a Gotham or Arrow-style caper, but ends up being a smoke-machine-and-colouredlights TV pantomime. It’s embarrassing in the same way that 2012’s local paranormal attempt Room 9 was.
The show is hampered by awkwardly “underdone” acting – ironically, one character asks another: “How’s it going with your acting classes?”
But the biggest problem with Jongo is what you see kids do when you go to Spur and order the “make your own dessert” option. Just because it comes with hundreds and thousands, syrup, chocolate, Astros and all kinds of sprinkles, doesn’t mean you have to add all of it to the mix.
The idea of Jongo, produced by Motion Story, is good; it’s the execution that’s overblown.
Like a holiday Instagram mangled by applying too many filters, Jongo suffers from too many different textures and speed effects, from washed out to oversaturated, jumping between everything from slow-mo to rewind to cinematic panning to raw home video.
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Jongo is a jumble of edited effects and average acting