The Wedding Party: review

When I first heard about this movie (because it had a great buzz), I wanted to know how fun it could be. To an extent it was funny. In fact, it was completely funny if not for some predictable scenes. The wedding party is a 2016 romantic comedy Nollywood film directed by Kemi Adetiba. It contains an ensemble cast of Ali Baba Akpobome, Iretiola Doyle, Adesua Etomi, Richard Mofe Damijo, Enyinna Nwigwe, Sola Sobowale, Ikechukwu Onunaku, Ayo ‘AY’ Makun and Banky W.

Story

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The wedding Party centers on the events that occurred during the wedding ceremony between former Playboy Dozie Onwuka (Banky W) and mummy and daddy’s girl Dunni Coker (Adesua Etomi).

This story was written by Kemi Adetiba, Mo Abudu, Chinaza Onuzo, Tosin Otudeko and Don Omope; and it tells a story of love and self-reconciliation with some bits of humor here and there.

Dozie wants to marry Dunni because of his love for her despite the fact that his mother doesn’t approve of her. The mother in fact doesn’t like the girl’s parents, even though they were wealthy (but secretly undergoing bankruptcy).  Dozie’s father, Felix Onwuka on the other hand isn’t in a good relationship with his wife, Obianuju as he had cheated on her in the past.

Dunni is from this rich Yoruba family were her father, Bamidele Coker, is very traditional and her mother, Tinuade, is that kind who doesn’t care what anybody thinks when she wants to have a good time or when she wants to do something nice for her daughter.

All through the wedding party, there were lots of barriers that didn’t want the party to go on smoothly. Barriers like, Obianuju who felt reluctant to do anything, Dozie’s ex who came in with her friends with the main aim of causing havoc, Felix’s side chick whose contact he saved on his phone as small chops (lol) and the first class graduate who became a thief armed with a fake gun. These barriers were not ready to let these two families see happiness. Also, persons that I felt were threats to the wedding party were the best man, Sola Akinyemi (Ikechukwu Onunaku) and the man of God, Pastor Leke (Emmanuel Edunjobi), because his long weird prayer was a threat. As I said earlier, the movie was predictable as the best man caused the major dispute in the party.

But with all these barriers, the two individuals chose their love over everything and came together once more giving the wedding party the perfect ending.

Characters

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This is the first time I’m seeing Banky W take a major role in a movie. He did well by the way but just wasn’t solid enough. A couple of more projects and he will become a major character. Adesua Etomi on the other hand was great. She took on her role like an expert with very little flaw. I enjoyed her chemistry with Banky W in the movie. They were a tight pair.

Richard Mofe Damijo was given the role of an Igbo man. I think everybody could tell that he didn’t actually fit in especially when he tried to speak in Igbo. The accent wasn’t 100% ‘igbotic’. But as a husband and father, that is like his major. He was brilliant. Iretiola Doyle was amazing too. Showcasing a cold wife was something she took with ease.

My favorite character was Sola Sobowale. She was exceptional. She acted like the word ‘drama’ was her middle name. You cannot see a character that executed his/her role better than she did. Her charisma, body language, talk, character and everything was first class. Ali Baba, tried to portray the father. I used tried, because he didn’t really gave a wow performance as a matter of fact he over acted trying to turn the movie into a comedy show.

Frank Dunga was funny as always, same as Pastor Leke , Emmanuel Edunjobi.

Enyinna Nwigwe was cool as the brother trying his best to make the best for his family. Ikechukwu wasn’t it at all. He kind of over acted which made him look unserious reducing his impact in the film.

Soundtrack

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I totally enjoyed every song that was used in the movie. I think the songs were well chosen for the scenes they were used for as they were a perfect match with the scenes. Maybe it’s because I’m familiar with the songs or something g else. Notable songs were Bullion Van by MI, Oko mi by Waje, Finally by Masterkraft, Ololufe by Flavour and Chidinma, Ginger by LAX and Wizkid, On top your matter by Wizkid, made for you by Banky W and many more great songs.

Expectation

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This was one movie that caused a lot of buzz in the Nollywood industry. Since that was the case I expected something more. Even at the time and era of production in which the Nigerian movies has improved in quality. I expected that same improved quality movie but it wasn’t that. I think its positive side was its picture quality and stack of amazing cast. The negative side is the easy to predict part of it and the over acting of some of the characters.

A line that shocked me was when Dozie found Dunni at the beach after his best man had ruined everything. When she asked, ‘ how do you know I was here?’ And he replied, ‘this is your favorite spot.’ 😕 Really? That was too easy.

But on the good side, it’s Nollywood, an improvement from the former and everybody liked it. Kemi did an awesome job as well as the entire cast and crew. Making a movie could be easy, but one that gets everybody talking is all kudos, kudos and kudos.

see trailer below

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