BY IFE OLUJUYIGBE
A woman is invited to speak to couples in what appears to be a marriage seminar. She uses her story as basis for her sermon as she tells couples to learn to forgive each other if they would make their marriages work. Her story is about her husband, Roland, and their journey of love going sour. They begin from malice over little matters to not even remembering what they are fighting about, yet still fighting. It graduates to infidelity accusations, criminal accusations, then death. Amidst tears, regrets and retrospection, Eva tells her story and the film finally ends with the couples trying to forgive each other.
The good intentions of this 2016 film can be sensed from a mile away, and the story, while not being completely original, has a clear purpose that is almost in your face. The movie stars Titi Joseph as Eva the speaker, Tope Tedela as Roland and Daniel K Daniel as Melford, a lover from Eva’s past. These are the three known actors, and indeed the only ones who seem to bring good acting to the table. The rest of the cast is full of mostly bad actors who make their scenes a struggle to watch. There is that beginning scene that just immediately turns you off. A bride and groom are distraught because of a revelation of a child one of them has had in the past. Their acting, and that of everyone in those first few scenes are so terrible, they give the film a discouraging start.
When Tope Tedela shows up on the scene, things begin to look up. Roland’s affection for Eva feels natural and effortless. Then they fall out without really telling us why and as the movie progresses, the back and forth gets tiring. The transitioning from scene to scene in some places is intended to be artistic, but they are not executed clearly enough and leave the viewer confused as to what is going on. The intention is achieved in a few others, like the synced scenes where Ronald and Eva both complain to their friends at different places but say the same things.
Roland is made out to be the villain all of a sudden, and this gives the story a nosedive. Melford too, suddenly becomes evil, and it would seem that the writer is trying to make Eva the victim. Or perhaps it is all part of the plan considering the story is told from her point of view. The couple’s friends, Simka and Tayo appear to cry louder than the bereaved, and overdo it for the most part.
The rest of Remarkable plays out the way one would expect and ends with a twist that is pleasant but implausible
The music is Remarkable‘s lowest point. Credited to Sam Legend, the ‘You’re running’ soundtrack is out of tune, and tells the entire story in a manner that swings between uncreative and depressing. This alone dampens the mood of the film, and scenes that should leave us happy leave us feeling sorrowful for reasons we don’t even know.
Written, produced and directed by Bright Wonder Obasi, Remarkable isn’t a remarkable film. It passes its message, nevertheless, and teaches a lesson on forgiveness and humility.