Sunshine, Kabuoy and everyone else, my apologies for not posting comments all weekend. It's not for lack of trying. Between last week and now I've been in Lagos, Owerri, Calabar, Asaba, Ph and Enugu. At some point I left my iPad in one of this places and got it this morning. I tried to upload comments through my phone but it just didn't werk.
Ps. This is NOT a movie review.
I saw The Wedding Party on Saturday night and I was quite impressed. Was all the hype worth it? I really cannot answer that question in the affirmative. I'm probably biased because the hype was overly excessive, me thinks. And you know what happens when that happens, expectations are extremely high.
However, The Wedding Party is a good movie, one that has raised the bar for Nollywood, one that inspires hope for the Nigerian movie industry, one that actually makes you proud to be a Nigerian! Oh, and you've just got to give it to Kemi Adetiba, This is the first movie she's directing and she did a fantastic job at it, you can tell that it was directed by a perfectionist. Also, it's obvious that Mo Abudu spared no expenses and does nothing by half measures. They went all out with that wedding.
Each actor was well suited for the role.
Sola Shobowale singlehandedly made that movie a hit! Her theatrics were just amazing and freaking hilarious. She was your typical yoruba mother, very dramatic and excitable. That woman is funny for days and her character was over the top yet her acting was very natural that it felt so real, like you're watching her right in front of you and not on a screen.
Abilaba, RMD and Ireti Doyle were great too, and each were perfect for their roles. Ireti Doyle in particular. Oh I can't get over the moment she was dancing into the wedding reception, such grace and poise, such swag! But AH!!!! Don't try Sola Sobowale's dance moves either, I almost fell on the floor laughing, it was both good and hilarious at the same time!
Adesuwa Etomi, well she's great. She's a very pretty girl who acts very passionately. I think she fit that role perfectly. However her husband, Banky W... I just don't know. To be honest he is not a bad actor at all, not by any standards. And remember he's also new at movies too. He played his role really well, thanks to the director, perhaps. However if he's seriously considering making a transition to movies then he must work on improving his acting. Actually, there's always room for improvement for everyone...
Beverly Naya is bae. We'll just leave it at that. 😍. LOL.
Somkele Idhalama was great too, as was the Caucasian lady who played the role of the second bridesmaid, very natural and funny. Let's not forget the recalcitrant Bestman Ikechukwu too.
Frank Donga, as usual made us laugh, without even trying. Haha.
Emma OhmyGod is obviously everybody's darling. The second he appeared on the screen before he even said a word everyone started to clap, myself included!
Zainab Balogun did a great job too. But there was just something wrong and I don't know why. Her character, the psychotic wedding planner, was supposed to evoke laughter, and she actually played the role really well. However, nobody was laughing. I'm not quite sure why. I don't know if her prettiness was distracting or if people didn't find her convincing enough, or if she was overshadowed by the other, more boisterous characters. But something just seemed off, I think.
In all its a very good movie and one you really should see. I think everyone who watched it was happy that they did and the reviews I've seen online by other movie goers were great too. Everyone thinks it's an awesome movie.
The minute the movie wrapped up my friend said "I really liked the movie sha, almost as much as I like that other one".
"The other one" he was referring to was Its Her Day which we saw together a few months ago. Even up until last night he and I were still talking about it. And that's probably the other reason I'm biased about The Wedding Party being worthy of all the hype. Maybe because Bovi's It's Her Day got way less hype, publicity and obviously much less funding, yet (in my opinion) is a much more interesting and hilarious movie.
Shaffy Bello, Bovi, Inidima Okojie, Toni Tones, Omoni Oboli and all the others did a bang up job. Oh Shaffy Bello was just glorious! The others impressed me too, especially Bovi.
I'd just imagined if It's Her Day was produced by the same set of people that did The Wedding Party, Lord knows it would have been groundbreaking, earthshaking... Just too much! Please if you haven't seen Its Her Day, this festive season would be a good time to do so. That movie would leave you in stitches yet make you wonder about the proposal culture we see these days on social media, among other facades.
In all, both movies among many others are great and I recommend that you watch them if you already haven't.
So, have you seen either or both movies? What are your thoughts. And what other recent Nollywood releases did you find interesting?