Last night my friends and I went to see Sin City but after an excited chat with Omoni Oboli I immediately changed my mind and decided to watch Being Mrs Elliot, I think it was the way she confidently said I would be glad I chose to watch it. And boy, was I glad.
Ok, so I'm not a big Nollywood-movies watcher, there's just always something lacking even in the best of productions, Being Mrs Elliot is an exception.
The moment the movie begins you may find yourself wondering if you're about to waste yet another two hours of your life and if you should just get up and quit while you're still ahead, a few minutes in and you find yourself relaxing into your seat and thinking this might not be so bad, after all. A few more minutes, the plot is already being played out, the story is coming to life and you find yourself gradually being sucked in.
Just when you're about to remind yourself not to fall in love just yet; Nollywood movies have a way of leaving you high and dry like a cruel lover, the comedy takes over and as you burst into uncontrolled bouts of laughter you find your mind losing track of that particular worry.
While I've never availed myself to AY's brand of comedy, he brings a unique flavour to this movie that leaves you in stitches from laughing so hard.
Majid is smoking hot as usual, and once again I'm shattered that Nigeria cannot claim him to be ours, he's easily one of the best actors West Africa! Actually, Majid wasn't the only impressive actor, all the characters translated their roles to perfection, and am I the only one who thinks Uru Eke is underrated?
But seriously guys, don't you just hate it when you go to the movies and everyone is talking loudly, muttering excitedly, squealing, exclaiming, crying, shouting, laughing belligerently? Well, be prepared because even you wouldn't be able to sit or stay still. You will be one of those annoying noise makers at the movies when you watch this one, it's completely unpredictable and divinely hilarious.
My friends and I were constantly arguing and analyzing points (not many Nollywood movies have that effect), or frequently giggling while simultaneously on the edges of our seats. There was not a dull moment, but what was more impressive is that this movie had so many elements which are usually lacking in Nollywood movies; true romance, drama, comedy, suspense and the best; unpredictability. All wrapped in one! And that last element is the reason I doff my hat to Omoni; any Nigerian movie that leaves me completely uncertain as to how it would end up until I get to the very end, gets applause from me, Being Mrs Elliot takes the cake.
For me the only minus in the movie was the several layers of foundation on Omoni Oboli's face in some scenes. Also I wish they'd gone about the numerous advertisements or brand publicity with more subtlety, in such a way that you could watch that scene and take note of the brand, without knowing that the producers actually intended for you to notice it. It was a bit too obvious.
But save these two points, I'm completely in love with this movie, so much so that I'm going to do something I've not done in about 10 years, since Ego Boyo's Keeping Faith; I'm going to watch a Nollywood movie a second time, I'm watching Being Mrs Elliot again tonight.
And no guys, this isn't a paid advertisement, I'm genuinely impassioned by what I watched last night. I've always known I love Omoni Oboli, but I only just found out why last night.