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‘The Wedding Party’ has no story

For regular cinema goers who are given to pure comedy, Kemi Adetiba’s The Wedding Party is just a perfect Nollywood Xmas gift. It is like attending a Yoruba Owanbe, very familiar pictures – the food, the dance, the music, the pretense, the lies and the drama. But it is storyless!

For movie buffs that are after storied plots and good laugh, this is not a deal. Something has to give, either you join the cacophony of voices and claps rooting from all corners of the hall or you simply just force a nap and keep the remnants of your sanity.

Having raked in N66million ticket sales in one week, The Wedding Party is predicted to be the biggest Nollywood movie of 2016. The star-studded movie features Adesua Etomi as Dunni Coker, Banky W as Dozie Onwuka, Alibaba and Sola Sobowale as Dunni’s Parents (the Cokers), Ireti Doyle and RMD as Dozie’s Parents (the Onwukas). It also stars Ayo Makun, Beverly Naya and Emma OhMaGod.

The movie opens on the well bonded Cokers who are giving their only daughter out in marriage and are deeply involved in a clash of class and show of affluence against the grinding Onwukas who seem decimated by family travails that centre on infidelity. The movie follows typical and relatable chapters of events that happen on a Yoruba wedding day. From Bride’s deep and transformative skin makeover with jesters from close friends in the company of hair stylists, to the Groom’s hangover gist about previous night when the groom is pestered or willingly give in to sensual uncertainties from unknown ‘arranged’ girls, to Groom’s friends (Yoruba demons) who are at the party to hunt ladies, to the ex who is there to witness the inadequacies, the movie lives true to its objective of portrayal of a typical Yoruba wedding party without any slope of depth.

Dunni has not been touched by any man; Dozie is a typical ‘bad guy’ who is being haunted by the ghost of his past. The Onwukas are wealthy but enmeshed in family infidelity, so Mrs. Onwuka thinks Dunni is a mistake. Mrs. Coker thinks the wedding day is the beginning of the battle against Mrs. Onwuka starting from the entry dance of the Bride’s parents. Mr. Onwuka is humbled by his exposed act of unfaithfulness towards Mrs. Onwuka, so he has to play the victim card all through the movie.

A first class graduate took to robbery, graced the wedding with a ‘toy gun’ and put the Onwukas and the Cokers except the missing Bride under house arrest. Then things fall in place, the Onwukas settle their differences, the missing Bride is found and the movie ends!

It is a busy movie, fun and dramatic. Kemi Adetiba manages to play down the egos of the stars and tries to link the scenes without investing much effort to have the scenes storied.

Yet there are unwedded scenes. Yes, the unwedded scenes are the missing scenes from the movie, the scenes that fuse comedy, quality and story theme. Guess what, the Nigerian audience is given to nothing but shanties of loosely melted movie scenes that elicit unstoried burnt comedy and barrenness of depth. To be fair, this is not the objective of the movie.

And it is difficult to put. Yes, often times you are forced to question the sanity of minds present in cinema halls. But strangely, Nigerians laugh at the slightest ray of overdone comedy. Yes, overdone comedy like burnt beans, tasteless, boring, forceful, dragging, which ordinarily should have been moderated. It is a star-studded movie, everybody wants to feel important. So there are clashes. Apart from the entry dance of the Bride’s parents which Sola Sobowale brings to life with her masterful deep portrayal of Bride’s mother who is out to outclass her adversaries and remains the best picture of the movie, others drag and fight for relevance due to the absence of a storyline. Sola Sobowale’s absence would have successfully killed the movie’s objective.

Alibaba is found in a fix, he drags and in him burnt comedy is found. Banky W’s first attempt in a movie is not bad; it is just an epic average! RMD delivers masterly. Beverly Naya, oh…those sensual moves, ..mhen… close… tempting…

In Kemi Adetiba’s The Wedding Party, there is no story to be told. The movie doesn’t set out to tell a story, just a set of stringed pictures that Nigerians need at this period of the year and this season when people are looking for ways to erase the memories of MMM and economic woes. Nigerians need to laugh and Kemi Adetiba is here as a saviour.

There is nothing to review in this movie as there is no story.

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