“The wedding party” is one of the most popular movies in Nigeria presently. Cinemas were sold out and we had to wait till after the Yuletide before we were able to see it. It’s a romantic comedy that focuses mainly on all the drama and razzmatazz that goes with a typical Nigerian wedding.
The plot is simple. It’s Dunni Coker’s big day, she’s getting married to Dozie Onwuka ( Banky W) and it promises to be perfect. Thing is his mother thinks her family is beneath them, his ex wants him back and failing that isn’t averse to disrupting the ceremony, his dad has a side piece, his friends are crazy plus there is lots of typical Nigerian wedding drama. There’s always something about the souvenir, in- laws, cake, food or caterer. You know how we are nah? Lol.
Adesua Etomi was perfectly cast as the innocent virginal bride and Beverly Naya as the tempting ex girlfriend of the groom who is bent on causing mischief.
The casting director did a great job. The casting of RMD, Iretiola Doyle, Shola Shobowale Banky W, Frank Donga etc was perfect. The producers spent a lot of money on the costumes, on the set, on everything.
The writers didn’t miss a beat in bringing some general issues to light. Drama with serving the food and the emphasis on thinking foreign food is best ( Pls who ate all that delicious looking food after they finished?), the audacity of the grooms father’s side piece showing up at the wedding,and his putting her name as ” small chops” on his phone in order to hide her identity, the typical Nigerian wife who knows her husband is cheating but chooses to look the other way even while boiling with repressed fury, the harassed wedding planner who had an accent yet was very fluent in Yoruba, uninvited guests showing up at a wedding, the broke husband who does not deign to tell his wife that there was no more money.
Some funny moments for me included the faces of Iretiola Doyle, Ikechukwu and Beverly Naya’s characters when the pastor started praying. Lol.
So let’s go to the parts I had issues with.
First of all, am I the only one who thought that the bride and her groom had no business getting married yet. The scene in the car showed that she didn’t really trust him, and she had issues with his past. The scene where they reconciled and he said he was only celibate because she wanted it was an eye opening one. I wonder what will happen to their marriage the next time Beverly Naya decides to try another of her tricks. I know! It’s only a movie. I don hear. I am just saying my own in case the producers are thinking of a part 2.
The scene with the robber was supposed to be funny, but I don’t know. If they were that rich, wouldn’t they have like better security or something. I know they wanted to highlight the plight of the jobless Nigerian, so I give them that.
The Reconciliation of the grooms parents seem to be a bit rushed. Same with her new rush of love for the Bride. I mean, she hated her as at that morning. If I were the Bride, I would watch my back.lol. I know, I know, it’s only a movie.
What else? Oh! The over praying and scalabashing of the pastor. A bit of it was overacting , but then it was meant to be funny so what do I know.
My verdict. WATCH IT. Really nice film. Funny, light- hearted and romantic. If you are looking for heavy dramatic stuff, this isn’t the movie for you. I would watch it a second time.
The Cinema –
Filmhouse Cinema, Ventura Mall, Samonda, Ibadan and even though from the flyer it was supposed to be N500, we paid 1k each. As I mentioned in this post we came in late because some people whose names I won’t mention preferred to walk around the mall
instead of going in to the hall. The proposal happened and the movie started.
The Watching crew-
Five of us watched it together though we sat separately.
And two of them kept bugging me to take pics. They kept ringing in my ears ” Won’t you take pic for your blog” ?lol. They had the blog in mind almost more than I did.
I like the advertising strategy of the producers. It was well hyped. Word of mouth and plenty adverts was also essential in making it the success it was. Tickets were sold out during the Yuletide, all over Nigeria. And on the day we went, three-quarters of the people we met there wanted to watch ” The wedding party”. Four out of the five of us weren’t ‘ Cinema’ people per se but we just had to watch this movie.
I was right sha, and my friend who was forming ‘doubting Thomas’ had to eat humble pie. He had threatened to ask for his money back if it was disappointing . lol. Of course he was joking, and he didn’t.
What do you guys think of the movie? Have you seen it? Do you want to see it now? Who was your favorite or stand out character?
The star of the show in my estimation was Shola Shobowale.
My friend said it was Frank Donga ( the driver) but for me it was Shola Shobowale. She portrayed the rich, money miss road, dramatic mother of the bride who hates the imperiousness of the groom’s mother( Iretiola Doyle) with perfection. That movie would not have been the same without her. Good but not the same. Same with Iretiola Doyle. Amazing.
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