Perhaps it was the excitement of attending my first ever film festival. Or could it have been the indescribable goose bumpy feeling I got from watching a movie at the Filmhouse IMAX, Lekki, for the first time? I am not sure, but for some reason, watching ‘The Wedding Party’ at the EbonyLife TV Film Festival was thoroughly satisfying, even though I was watching it a second time.
The thing is, I never watch Nollywood movies twice, not that I have anything against them. I just find most of them uninteresting, with weak, predictable plots and even worse scripts. So, if I manage to sit through one the first time, chances are I would find it excruciating to sit through it again – except it’s a movie with OC Ukeje and I only want to “ooh” and “aah” while I drool over him repeatedly.
But then ‘The Wedding Party’ is not your typical Nollywood movie, is it? It certainly doesn’t have the kind of dull story lines, old, tiring themes, and long, unnecessary subplots common to Nollywood movies. Quite on the contrary, this romantic drama has all the necessary subplots needed to sustain the interest of the audience.
Another thing that makes this movie, directed by Kemi Adetiba and produced by Mo Abudu, CEO of EbonyLife TV, stand out from other Nollywood movies is the neat weaving of the subplots into the main plot – the wedding ceremony between Dozie Onwuka (Banky W) and Dunni Coker (Adesua Etomi). Although it might not immediately seem like it, every little thing that happens in the movie is in one way or another connected to the wedding ceremony, from the thief stumbling upon an invitation card and Rosie’s visit to Dozie on the morning of the ceremony to the infidelity of Chief Onwuka, the groom’s father.
Unlike most Nollywood movies, too, ‘The Wedding Party’ does not end abruptly, instead it stretches out quite nicely without being a drag. I enjoyed watching the hilarious acting from Sola Sobowale, Alibaba, EmmaOhMaGod, and even AY Makun whose acting or comedy skills I am not in love with.
Scenes of the bride’s parents dancing into the reception hall, of the event planner, of the confrontation between the groom and bride’s family and the thief, and of Dozie and Dunni on the beach are some of the most beautiful scenes in the movie that I will always remember.
There are, however, a couple of problems I have with the movie. While I find Wonu’s interaction with the older caterer quite funny, especially when she starts to beg in Yoruba, I think that it might have been a bit exaggerated. There is also a problem with the thief making himself comfortable at a high society wedding even with the tight security and all.
These flaws, notwithstanding, ‘The Wedding Party’ is fun, exciting and entertaining, and it is definitely not your typical Nollywood movie.