My Wife & I: Body-Swap Tale Hits Nollywood!

Happy TGIF guys! Glad so see so many of yah enjoyed the article GOT: Characters in 21st Century Businesses. Kudos to Teni for that nice read. Perhaps I should take a break and leave the blogging tinz to him for a while? But I have to warn you, considering how long it took him to write this one. You probably won’t get more than an article monthly. Lol! No offense Teni. Anyways, thanks for the comments and you guys can be a contributor as well. Just forward your article with your full name and email address to info@jollyhoodpictures.com.

It’s Naija Movie Review Weekend and we’ll be looking at the Bunmi Adekaiye film “My Wife and I”. The 2017 romantic drama film written by Chinaza Onuzo, was produced by Inkblot and Filmone Distribution and directed by Bunmi Adekaiye. It stars Ramsey Nuoah, Omoni Oboli, Ngozi Nwosu, Rachel Oniga, Jemima Osunde, Dorcas Shola Fapson, Sambasa Nzeribe and Seyi Law.

“My Wife an d I” follows the story of Toyosi (Nouah) and Ebere (Oboli), an unhappy couple, forced into marriage during their NYSC program owning to an unplanned pregnancy. Ebere, the high profile investment professional is miffed with her husband, Toyosi for leaving his oil and gas career to pursue a dream of farming, leaving her to carry most of the bills for the family.  Her disdain for his new profession puts a lot of strain on their marriage making them to want to throw in the towel after 17 years of the marital institution.

Ebere’s mother (Nwosu) urges the couple to give it another try for the sake of their two children and introduces them to a famous, unorthodox marital pastor (Seyi Law). The visit to the pastor and a said prayer turns an already bad situation weird when they wake up the next morning in each other’s bodies. Trapped in their partner’s body, they’re forced to live each other’s life, resolve their differences and hope to make the switch back to status quo.

This production might have seemed like a risky venture for Ajakaiye; directing a movie with a storyline of body exchange of the opposite sex, for the first time in Nollywood. And while some might think our director bite of more than he could chew; seeing you would need prolific, versatile actors to pull off a believable tale of body swaps and a screenwriter who’s able to play around with that situation to the hilt. But I had hoped that the originality of the plot would pave way for a great movie… but sadly that wasn’t the case.

Yours truly kind of tuned off after about 30 minutes of the film and would have stopped watching altogether if I didn’t have to make this review. The comic relief felt forced with the insipid jokes cracked by our actors. Which was a huge disappointment considering the huge damage they could have done to our ribs with this story about the awkwardness of finding yourself in your spouse’s body and having to walk in his/her shoes (Pun intended).

I mean how hard is it to find ways to make us double over with laughter with that scenario. Even the scene where Toyosi has to attend a bridal shower in Ebere’s body which posed a potential for great laughs could hardly inspire any. Instead we get some “dry” scenes with tampons and hair/makeup sessions. And Seyi Law’s comical pastoral venture was of no help, feeling more silly than funny. If this movie in any way can be classified as a comedy then I’ll eat my hat (if I had any).

And as for our prolific, versatile acts, aint no way in h**l is anyone going to convince moi that Ebere (Oboli) is a woman inhabiting her husband body. She wasn’t that good. And please don’t get me started about my views on Oboli’s acting. Lips sealed… for today. But how hard could it have been for her to understudy the male mannerisms; the way they walk, talk, act? Nouah even gave a more convincing performance of having his wife trapped in his body.

The film ended up being overly long with repetitive scenes. One would also think a production of such budget would boost quality sound but not so much with the unregulated volumes and echo experienced in some scenes. Can I just add that the Yoruba/Igbo combo marriage scenario has been over flogged in Naija films and is now ever so cliché. And what’s it with screenplays that portray the Western successful family set up, rather than the Nigerian family structure. I mean how many parents give their teenage boys romantic advice on their love interests???

Not to sound completely negative, I’ve to admit that the picture quality was good, there were great locations and Nouah & Oboli did try/manage to portray the conflicted emotions of individuals in love, who didn’t know how to resolve their differences. This is the second time the two will act together after appearing in The Figurine almost 10 years ago, so that would explain why they had some chemistry. But the “show stealer” goes to Ireti (Toyosi/Ebele’s daughter). She put up quite a show of a teenage girl feed up with her parents.

In all “My Wife and I” had the potential to be a great movie, but turned out to be a drag. Filled with monotonous dialogue that barely inspired not more than a couple of laughs, due to a script and director that failed to creatively put together an otherwise perfectly good story.  But then, what do I know.

Ladies, you should definitely check out this great giveaway promo from Fummy Clothng. I must seize the opportunity to extend my heartfelt sympathy to everyone who lost a loved one during the fracas in the East and plead with the youths in the part of our beloved Naija to pleaseeeeee thread carefully by asking the question if whatever cause they’re fighting for is really worth losing their lives over. Until next week, have a fantastic weekend. Toddles!

 

 

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    odunayo olaogun
    September 16, 2017 at 2:10 am

    Well there is a first time for everything, I hope it pays of.

  • Reply
    Damien Ibidun
    September 16, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Well there is room for improvement.

  • Reply
    Andrew
    September 18, 2017 at 10:04 am

    This was truly surprisingly amazing, I was impressed with the movie, it shows that the Nigerian movie industry has come a long way.

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