We’re getting better at our romcoms.
This makes me happy on many levels. But you know what’s missing? The most important part of romcoms – romance.
If romcom means romantic comedy, then how do you sometimes completely lose the romance aspect?
Over the weekend, I watched Meet The In-Laws. It is a movie directed by one of my favorite Nollywood Directors right now – Niyi Akinmolayan.
The plot is simple and something you’re probably used to seeing now – boy and girl fall in love and want to get married. However, their tribalistic Parents will have none of that and will stop at nothing to put an end to the romance.
Again, another movie that’s not claiming to have the cure for cancer but which still doesn’t deliver on one of the things it promises – an actual romance.
To start with, Lilian Esoro & Adeniyi Johnson are the worst onscreen couple in the history of onscreen couples. The romance is totally nonexistent, the duo look like they stumbled on that set and had a gun put to their heads to play lovers.
They’re simply painful to watch. Actually, every scene with this duo is cringe-worthy. And their Parents are way more fun to see.
Which makes one begin to wonder why Aki & pawpaw were not cast as lovers in their stead,or maybe even Muniru and Ambali, seeing as those guys even have better chemistry that this duo.
And this isn’t a problem with this movie alone, it is a problem with most couples in Nollywood movies.
What’s interesting to note is, there are actual actors who have chemistry.
For instance, Adesua Etomi and OC Ukeje in The Arbitration (also directed by Niyi Akinmolayan) are so sweet to watch, you have to remind yourself it’s all a movie.
Of course, there’s no need to mention fan favorite, The Wedding Party, where Adesua Etomi and Banky W have one of the strongest onscreen chemistry we have seen in recent years. The type that had millions of fans rooting for a real life romance.
So if there’s actually the possibility of strong onscreen chemistry, why put me through a lacklustre movie with two people who would never get together in this life or the next?
Why rob me of a sex scene or an almost sex scene in a movie that’s about two people fighting for their love?
But hey, I get it.
How awkward would it have been to actually see a Niyi Johnson and Lilian Esoro in bed together?
A w k w a r d.
So, I guess this is where I say thank you to the Director for ensuring I didn’t have to add that to the strangeness that was that entire casting in the first place.
And also, for ensuring I am not more pissed than this.