BY ‘SEGUN ODEJIMI
Since its release yesterday, the trailer of Kemi Adetiba‘s The Wedding Party has generated widespread excitement and anticipation. This is largely down to the star-studded nature of the film.
Richard Mofe-Damijo, Sola Sobowale, Alibaba, Iretiola Doyle, Banky W, Adesua Etomi, Zainab Balogun, AY, Beverly Naya, Emma OhMyGod, Lepacious Bose, Somkele Idhalama, Daniella Brown, Ikechukwu Onunaku, Ayo Makun, Enyinna Nwigwe, Kunle Idowu, Sambasa Nzeribe, Hafiz Oyetoro all make up an array of stars that have sent many Nollywood fans asking when the film would be out.
Before the Nigerian audience gets to see it though, The Wedding Party is making its first public appearance at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) City to City (Lagos) programme next month.
Below are five things we learned from watching the trailer.
- The Wedding Party will be hilarious. That much we can tell. Sola Sobowale, Hafiz Oyetoro, Kunle Idowu, Lepacious Bose, Emma OhMyGod, AY Makun all are comic figures who possess the abilities to crack you up. If you are someone who puts laughter at the top of their requirement list from a film, you have nothing to worry about when you go to see this film.
- Sola Sobowale!!!!!!!!!! Pardon the exclamation marks. *in Falz’s voice* Is the eggzitement. How we have missed this amazing actress. The gods and the producers of this movie have decided to bless us with her presence. And from what we have seen, she has been cast in a role heavenly made for her. This is the gods’ doing and it is marvellous in our sights.
- Accent or talent? We have absolutely nothing against Beverly Naya but it is increasingly looking like her accent is landing her roles these days more than her talent.
For acting ability, you cannot mention her in the same breath as some actresses but since Suru L’ere, she has been landing roles which after watching her interpret them, we are forced to conclude that the only thing she has brought to the table is her accent. And maybe her good looks. Beverly is talented but until she needs to up her game or risk becoming known as the actress with an accent.
- Movie trailer or a short film? Add one minute to the three minutes this trailer runs for and you have a short film in your hands. Kemi Adetiba and co, in a bid to give us a million and forty-four reasons to see this film, make the ultimate trailer mistake. They’ve practically served us too much. Yes, we still want to see this film but not because of the plot or because we want to find out who kidnapped the couple. We only want to see individual performances from Ireti Doyle, Adesua Etomi, Hafiz Oyetoro, Kunle Idowu, RMD and Sola Sobowale.
- Kemi Adetiba, Alibaba and bad lighting. The jury is still very much out on Kemi Adetiba as a filmmaker. There is no ignoring her achievements as a music video director but can she be regarded as a top class filmmaker? In The Wedding Party, she has helmed a work that is not likely to further push her stock. A kind of film in which her abilities as a director can easily be lost in the pool of comic chaos and individual brilliant acting performances. It is also quite easy to hide directorial shortcomings from the non-critical eyes in that pool too.Alibaba is the king of the standup comedy stage but here, he looks lost as brilliant actors race past him in their Ferraris of role interpretation. Oga Ali then attempts to chase them by playing himself – Alibaba the standup comedian.The lighting, from what we’ve seen, is not great in some scenes.
Watch the trailer below: