How are you? Much love and thanks to y'all.
About the last post, I really hope it didn't come out like I was complaining or whining.
I wasn't. I love them kids to bits. Especially Monsieur 16. I was truly wondrous at how moms cope. How they balance love for child, husband, career and time for self. That's all.
So, 2012 has got only 14 more days to go. December has been great. Its first two weeks has redeemed the past 11 months of waiting. To God be the Glory! News coming up soon.
So as my GF pulled and primped and sewed up my hair yesterday, we watched a couple of Nollywood movies (bonding moments eh!).
Here comes the reviews
So I finally got around to watching this movie starring Uche Jumbo (Kaira), Yemi Blaq, Kenneth Okoli (Dapo), Bobby Obodo (Charles), Belinda Effah (Ada), and Barbara Sokey.
First off, can I say that I had my fill of eye candy(male and female) in this movie. Kudos Nollywood. I don't know if it was just the camera but all the ladies skin were aglow! Golly, I need their secrets. 2013 is my yeah of glowing skin Amen somebody!!
Following a series of self inflicted bad relationships , a desperate, fire and brimstone breathing, probably mentally unstable Singleton, Kaira, gives up on love and marriage to focus on herself. As she finds her confedence and ends the vicious cycle of love and disappointment, she finally finds the love her heart yearns for.
-Perfect Romantic Comedy. Kaira's prayer warrior ways might seem excessive atimes but when viewed under the lens of romcom it can be forgiven. Think 'Ugly Truth', 'Leap Year', Bounty Hunter'. Romcom's may have a message but they are not movies expected to be taken too seriously.
-Like I mentioned before great eye candy cast. I couldn't take my eyes off Ada's body in her trademark shorts (No homo). Uche Jombo's hair made some great apperances. She/it looked perfectly delish in the second date with Charles. Only just realized how short that babe is!
He was the perfect last man standing. Twinkling eyes, great smile and playful charm, perfect foil to the 'strong faces' of Kenneth Okoli and Yemi Blaq. I can almost bet you that Bobby played himself….my kind. Golly, I'm in love! I need a hook up!
Not So Wow
A few continuity issues…nothing earth shattering.
-Did Kaira have a car? Kaira had a car in a one or two scenes and in the most important scene she suddenly didn't have a car.
-Kaira was supposed to be a working girl but I never knew what it was. Anybody know?
-No continuity with girlfriends especially the ones seen in the 1st half of movie. Interestingly in the credit they were called Kaira's girlfriend 1, 2 and 3.
I liked the last one though - Tricia (Tamara). She reminded me of me some years back with her….'give him a chance'.
-The baby plot between Dapo and Ada got a raised eyebrow but nothing I couldn't gulp down with water.
- The ending could have come with a slide show of the wedding where she finally wears her gown, She pregnant, maybe another with a baby.... you know...scenes of happily ever after.
-A few wooden acting and fake accents….goes with the territory eh? lol.
-Bobby Obodo's goatee. There was this dig Kaira made about his goatee and tattoo at their first meeting that had me chortling. Good one!
*Bobby be warned....I am handy with a blade.
Altogether a cool movie from the stables of Nollywood. If you love chick flicks, you'll love this. I like!
Mr and Mrs
Now Mr and Mrs was a whole different kettle of fish.
Susan Abah (Nse Ikpim Ete) is the perfect wife. Her husband Ken (Joseph Benjamin)feeds on freshly cooked food three times a day. She meets his demands in bed even when she is not up for it. she waits on him hand and foot. She does not speak back. In fact she is the perfect slave-wife.
But rather than undying gratitude and appreciation, her husband emotionally abuses her.
An opportunity to end this farce of a marriage comes one day, when he threatens her with a divorce. She calls his bluff and agrees but does not sign the papers secretly because she had other plans. She wanted her man back. The man she fell in love with 16 yrs ago when they met in the University. She said she knew his heart like she knew hers. He still loved her and she him. Their marriage will not fail.
Her strategy to win him back? Bring the sexy back in her dressing, starve him of the cuisine he had grown accustomed to, have flirtatious phone conversations in his presence and buy a king size vibrator (great tips..tic)
Did her strategy work? Did she get her man back? Watch and find out.
-The directing was excellent. Well done to the Director! I loved the second scene of the movie. When he came down to take breakfast. I guess that was where they showed the first inkling of the Susan who was bidding her time.
-I admire Nse. there's this something about her....an aura of the regal. She is a good actress, enunciates clearly and I can appreciate the effort she put in this movie. Ken was a great supporting act too…but can I note that I tire of Nigerian men acting 'husband roles'. There is a distinct difference in them when they act boyfriend and husband roles. They tend to imbue husband roles with this authoritative 'lord of the manor' air that positively grates on my nerves. So only boyfriends are allowed to be playful and charming? I tire o.
-Nse's friend (Thelma Okodua)'s marriage was a perfect add-on. I think her husband (Paul Apel) perfectly depicted his role of an exasperated but passive hubby (typical Naija man) who loves his wife but was okay with getting his needs from another. There was certainly a lesson in that plot. I'm not against a woman having a career but I agree that it gotta be balanced.
-I also liked how Kate -the help's issue was sorted. She was not unnecessarily blamed or made out to be the breaker of their home.
Not So Wow
The plot had a number of worrying holes.
-I didn't understand that sharp change from long-suffering, emotionally abused desperate nice wife to sexy saucy 'I want my husband' ninja wife. They treated a serious issue much too lightly…cavalierly in fact. It practically happened over night...like Nse couldn't wait to be rid of her dour 'abused woman' facade to become a chic again lol.
-The vibrator scenes were uber irrelevant. I'm guessing the directors put it in to titillate or annoy. The latter worked for me.
-My greatest problem with this movie was the messages. Eg. the exchange between Nse and her lawyer where Nse says that if a marriage fails, a woman has failed. Noo, the man and woman in it have failed. It takes two. It takes two.
-Also while I have said I love the side plot, It would have been cool if the script had addressed 'communication problems'. At no point did they show Thelma's husband discuss his wife's continued absence with her. Rather he whined a bit and took the easy road to resolving his issues…sleep with the help. It takes two. It takes two.
While I do not agree with some of the messages, I do think It's definitely a good conversation starter for women. Good script. Great directing. Cool soundtrack. Nollywood has come a long way with picture quality. Thumbs up!
P.S. I went hunting for Michael Bobby Obodo's info online. Interesting profile here. Aspiring politician, Boxer, Activist, Writer and Actor. Curiouser and curiouser. Seems he has a strong Ghana fan base. Naija what's up?
P.P.S. Can somebody tell him to get some professional pix out there. Haba! This picture of him demolishing a plate of food is unacceptable.
Or the one above with the one-eyed squint.
Said with all the love burning in my heart :)