BY IFE OLUJUYIGBE
Get a beautiful big house. Put four ladies in it. Have three of them gossip all day in borrowed accents about men; about the ones that left and the ones that are around and the ones that are to come.
Have them chase after one man who mysteriously walks into their home, and apparently has been inexistent before then even though they all live in the same estate. Have the mystery guy chase the fourth girl who turns out to be the maid, have her insult him for no reason, scream at him at the top of her lungs and be overly dramatic about it. Have him chase still; have her run still. Then one day, have her fall for him so hard that he proposes and shames the others. There, you just had yourself a classic eye-shutter that is So In Love.
Apart from its unoriginal storyline which leaves you slightly shallow and transports you to the land of Nod, So In Love is ridden with one too many holes in its plot. You spot a girl on the road and fall in love with her, and then you begin to chase her vehemently, claiming you can neither eat nor sleep, and all you do with the rest of your life is talk, think and generally ‘live’ about her. I would never understand how that works.
There’s also the fact that this is all that the movie is about. Kevin (Bryan Okwara), the mystery guy that has the ladies in competition, rarely goes to work and is always at home, waiting for ladies to come pay him visits. Even the subplots with MaryMay (Lilian Esoro) being a celebrity musician and Rose (Adunni Ade) being a radio presenter with a secret admirer at work don’t seem to have any import on the main storyline. For one, MaryMay never actually sings, Rose’s presenting is tepid, and we never get the point of Kate’s (Mary Lazarus) cheating boyfriend. None of these side attractions add to the meat of the story.
Adunni Ade is one actress I don’t exactly understand. One moment she speaks with an American intonation, the next she has a strong Yoruba one, and then the next her English is utterly cringe-worthy. And while Mary Lazarus and Lilian Esoro’s interpretation may still pass for good acting every once in a while, Belinda Effah seems stereotyped, playing almost the same kind of roles with the same body language. Brian Okwara hasn’t shown so much dynamism in terms of his movie roles either, and all we know him as is the lover boy with a cute face and washboard abs. The only exciting character in this flick would have to be Uzo Arukwe who plays Iyke, Kevin’s friend in the movie. The humor in his role makes the movie light up for a few moments.
The 2015 movie directed by Ike Nnaebue and produced by Chichi Nworah is nothing special. It doesn’t perform up to the potential of its actors and leaves you underwhelmed. The title ‘So in Love’ isn’t even slightly sold as the chemistry between the main characters, Kemi (Belinda) and Kevin (Brian) is practically non-existent. Ratings? Well, let’s just say So in Love belongs in class mediocre.