Review: Couple of Days
April 18, 2016
in Film and TV
I am ashamed to admit that Couple of Days is the first Nigerian movie that I have watched in the cinema and I was actually targeting Zootopia but apparently the cinema houses had decided that animation was only for kids and therefore should stop showing by 1pm.
So bae and I were left with a couple of choices that were not appealing or that we had already watched. A casual observer informed us that Couple of Days was a movie to watch and so we took our chances and followed the stranger’s advice.
Couple of Days is a movie about three couples at different stages of their relationships, who go to Ibadan to spend some time together.
The first couple, Cynthia and Jude, have been married for several years and have children. It is their Ibadan home that serves as the holiday house where they and their friends stay. However, we quickly learn that Jude, played by Enyinna Nwigwe, has cheated on his wife, Cynthia, played by Lillian Esoro Franklin, in the past and is possibly cheating on her again. Cynthia battles with the fear that her husband is no longer attracted to her and does what she can to regain his attention. But the seemingly perfect Cynthia is battling a secret of her own.
Couple No.2, Joke and Lanre, have also been together for a while, but Joke the feisty cheeky half of the couple, played by Nkiruka ‘Kiki’ Omeili, insists that Lanre, played by Demola Adedoyin, does not tell their friends about their financial troubles. The tension between the couple is palpable and Joke admits to her friends that they have not had sex in a long time.
Couple No.3, Nina, played by Adesua Etom, and Dan, played by Okey Uzoeshi, otherwise known as the newly weds, are happy and can’t get enough of each other. I spent the greater part of the movie wondering when there would be trouble in paradise. I was not disappointed.
The six friends have their bonds and relationships tested in the couple of days they spend together.
The movie was enjoyable, even though it did remind me far too often of Why Did I Get Married? I cannot therefore, give the movie any points for creativity. The acting was good and the movie avoided all the pitfalls that I have long-used to identify Nollywood movies.
The cinematography was beautiful, so beautiful in fact that I believe the cinematographer had fallen in love with his handiwork and spent more time swooping up and swooping down, than was necessary.
The setting plays a great part in the movie as we spend at least twenty minutes admiring the scenery; such that I would not be surprised to learn the department of tourism invested some money into the movie. They spent so much time showing us the trademarks and places to go in Ibadan that we began to suspect that the script had been thin and the producers were simply buying themselves time.
In all, it’s a movie to watch if you are at a loss as to how to spend a quiet evening; otherwise it has nothing that would make it memorable.
Oyinkan Braithwaite is a graduate of Creative Writing and Law from Kingston University. Following her degree, she worked as an assistant editor at Kachifo and has been freelancing as a writer and editor since. She has had short stories published in anthologies and has also self published work. In 2014, she was shortlisted as a top ten spoken word artist in the Eko Poetry Slam.
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