BY ‘SEGUN ODEJIMI
AY Makun is ready to thrill audiences one again. This time with A Trip to Jamaica which is unsurprisingly “another adventure of Akpos.”
The standup comedian shattered box office records with his 2014 film, 30 Days in Atlanta and opened the eyes of other producers to the fact that your film can do well in the cinema even if it has streaks of unnecessary comedy and unserious plotlines.
This one, to be released into cinemas in September features AY, Nse Ikpe Etim, Funke Akindele, Chris Attoh, Paul Campbell, Eric Roberts, Dan Davies, Rebecca SilveraPatoranking, Cynthia Morgan, Olamide and more.
- This film will sell. AY Makun has mastered the present Nigerian audience yearnings. The average Nigerian film watcher wants to be entertained. They don’t want to worry about who killed who or why. In the rare instances where they are willing to worry, they want to worry about someone who is entertaining them. In essence, they don’t want their entertainment to stop. AY knows this and A Trip to Jamaica is just entertainment turned on. He doesn’t want you to become a Sherlock Holmes in the cinema hall. Neither does he want you to be an Aristotle. And Nigerians love this. It may or may not shatter the box office records he set with 30 Days in Atlanta, but one thing is certain: It will sell.
- Acting does not look like a strong point in this film. Yeah, I know…I say that almost always. Blame it on my background. But seriously, from this trailer, only Funke Akindele (she’s in her comfort zone) and Nse Ikpe Etim (we all know she’s a brilliant actress) seem to give us acting performances to look forward to. Where did AY get some of those oyinbos from? *cringes*
- There will be more Akpos jokes in this film. One line that hits you in this trailer is when AY and his team land in Jamaica and with arms outstretched, he screams in his wannabe Jamaican kick, “…Jah rasta fried rice!” This is one line that is often thrown around among joke merchants in Nigeria and its presence in A Trip to Jamaica means AY took some of his standup comedy lines with him to Jamaica.
- Funke Akindele takes Ramsey Nouah’s place on this one. Even with all of AY’s craze, he still needs a sidekick. In the prequel, it was Ramsey Nouah. For the sake of this one, he opted for the Jenifa star. And, what better sidekick to have than Akindele? Not many I tell you.
Watch the film’s trailer below: