Considering the short attention of young viewers and the barrage of movies the market churns out every day, local movie directors have to wear their creative cap every time. Nigerian filmmakers are now beginning to sit tight after realizing how important it is to make a ‘good film’. Themed on a true test of marriage, “Trouble Comes to Town” is centered on the life of Bernie and Lauretta, a young couple who could not resolve their differences. After four years of marriage with a kid, this comfortable couple went astray, bantering and insulting each other at the slightest provocation. Lauretta was a spoilt daughter of a billionaire who is dirty, sluggish and careless. She wouldn’t shower for days and leave the house littered in utter disarray. Despite her annoying lifestyle, she never cheats on her husband. Her irritating lackadaisical attitude wells up strange anger in Bernie who gave up on her and seeks separation. Bernie was not mature enough to resolve their differences until Mike came into the house to show both how to love ones’ spouse. Nollywood is unequivocally coming out of the wood.
It is the dream of every urban girl to marry a rich, handsome, god-fearing and nice guy. While nothing is wrong with this wish, it is rare to find all these qualities in one guy. A good guy who is rich may not be ‘fly’ or ‘cool’ the way the lady wants. Abimbola and her friends are educated beautiful single ladies who hoped to find their prince charming by every means. She was threatened by a familiar nightmare where she sees an old maiden struggling to get marry. Believing the dream to have impact on her life, “Bim”, as she loves to be called, was restless and almost falls for the wrong guys in desperation.
When Bim (Dolapo Oni) met her Mr. Right (O.C. Ukeje), she was not impressed and tries to avoid the down-to-earth guy. While sharing her thoughts with her pretty friend about her dream man, they came up with a sign from God to reveal her prince charming. That guy should present her gari as a birthday gift. This weird wish turned out well, though, not without a series of heartfelt drama.
Jumoke Olatunde demonstrates she knows her onus by weaving together nightmares, flashback, meaningful dialogues, and pleasant scenes. The movie is original and unique as it did not attempt to imitate any prior movie. Diary of a Lagos Girl is packed with comic relief, artistic dialogue, great storyline and dramatic irony. The animation sequence at the opening scene is a good concept which will attract all kinds of viewers including children. The picture quality is also good, except for poor sound and lighting which almost mar some scenes. The continuity escritoire certainly did a good job for the well connected scenes. The presence of Liz Benson, now Liz Ameye, catches the attention of mature viewers.
Diary of a Lagos Girl is a must watch for all urban young girls who got love and marriage all twisted. The message is simple; not all that glitters is gold, better still, never judge a book by its cover because you might end up picking the wrong one.
The Wedding Party Final will attract many viewers because it sounds like a continuation of “the Wedding Party” yet it has a different storyline and different casts except for Adesuwa Etomi. While I hate to point at errors in movies, this one is full of many obvious flaws to be ignored. The technical crew did a nice job in terms of lighting and framing. The attempt at getting a nice soundtrack was not successful and the continuity secretaries could have done better by seeing to the abrupt ending of many scenes. The dialogue between the prominent actors (Simon, Daniel, Cindy and Deji) starts and ends abruptly- they are too staccato. For instance, an expression between Simon and Daniel; “you mean you didn’t make move on the girl?” asked Daniel. Simon “what do you mean?” and the scene went to the next one. There was no facial expression, no body language or other body movement.
The idea behind the movie appears too childish and the actors look too amateurish. For example, Nneka was in the studio recording and the film was on silent effect to the viewers. At a point I couldn’t help wondering when has Nigerian fans start asking music stars to sign autograph on novel. Cindy’s fans in the bar could have request for a selfie with her not an autograph on anonymous novels. Again, Cindy’s hatred for men was a result of childhood trauma after seeing her father brutalized her mother, but there was never a clue to Simon’s hatred for women. Producers of ‘The Wedding Party Final’ could have chosen another name for it.
Many things just don’t seem right about the movie. Deji the sensational journalist who snoops around Simon even sold the movie out. We can go on and on with the flaws but it is not my aim to discourage viewers we just want movie makers to take precaution while doing their job. Lets us not also forget that the movie scores some credit in terms of picture quality, and the locations weren’t half bad. A bad production is better than none, anyway.