BY IFE OLUJUYIGBE
Kayode Akingbade, aka Kay, has so far been a smooth player. He is married but has a side-chick (Silo) who knows nothing of it. She is in love with him, and their sizzling romance is one for the books. When he eventually brings her to his home, he ensures his wife is out of town, and keeps all her stuff well away from his room. They have sex, he leaves her in bed the next morning and heads to work. Silo, who has come with a change of clothes, forces a skirt on and rips it as she dresses for work. She is confused and begins to rummage through Kay’s things till she comes across a wardrobe full of female wares. She grabs a gown from it and wears it to work.
The angle from which the writer comes is fascinating, and at this point in the movie, they have your attention. Of course, you can tell Silo would probably be caught and it would cause a major problem in Kay’s marriage, but its predictability takes nothing away from its captivation.
The god of coincidences isn’t on their side, however, as Veno Akingbade, Kay’s wife, gets called for an interview in Silo’s office and rushes into town on that same day. She seats directly across from Silo at the interview, staring at her dress with questions in her eyes. Silo, by her surname, can already guess who she is, and while she is furious with Kay for lying to her, she has to deal with the woman before her who is likely to find out she is her husband’s mistress.
Sadly, the rest of the movie isn’t so fascinating, as what we are fed afterwards is a less-than-believable back and forth between Silo and Kay, in a bid to ‘deal with him’. Veno gets the job, and begins to work with her, and while Silo starts out as hostile, she suddenly realizes that Kay is the enemy and not his wife, and so becomes friends with Veno to spite Kay. Kay is ruffled by this development, but doesn’t break. Veno opens up to Silo about her failing marriage, and Silo gives her advice based on what she knows about Kay. It works, and Kay begins to warm up to his wife again. Then Veno finds out who Silo really is to him and disappears.
The moment the plot begins to fall into cliché-land, your attention falls with it. How Veno’s dress manages to fit Silo, despite their very different body types would make you wonder. Veno is portrayed as one who is a warrior at home and a coward at work, and the inconsistencies of her character, the overacting and underacting, makes you cringe. It doesn’t help that she carries the same braids through the entire movie. Bimbo Ademoye is impressive in her interpretation of her role as Silo. She is sassy and sexy and gets her expressions right most of the time, a feat that is worth mentioning for a newbie. Deyemi Okanlawon as Kay does good too, and the duo helps spice up what would have been a nondescript story. Tamara Eteimo, Yemi Blaq and Uzo Arukwe are the supporting cast who also give satisfactory performances. Tamara would easily have filled in for Chelsea Eze and done a better job as Veno. The infusion of Stanley ‘Funnybone’ Chibunna’s comedy in form of an interview adds unforced humor to the story.
It’s About Your Husband is a 2016 movie produced by Uduak Isong Oguamanam, and directed by Bunmi Ajakaiye. Its pictures are clear and colourful, and the sound seems great. Other than these, there isn’t much else to it. Its story, screenplay, characterization and resolution are basic, and it is the kind of movie you would finish watching mostly because you have nothing more pressing to do.