Release date: December 16, 2016
Production Studio: Film.One Distribution
Box Office: N450m
Starring: Bankole Wellington, Adesua Etomi, Sola Sobowala, Alibaba, Richard Mofe Damijo, Ireti Doyle, AY, EmmaOhMyGod, etc.
Rinzy’s Rating: 4.5/5
I haven’t been this high after watching a Nigerian movie for many years now, until The Wedding Party.
The buzz this movie generated in the media upon its release in December 2016 caused me to almost bat an eyelid then. Having watched it now, I regret I didn’t do so sooner.
Just as the title reveals, the movie details as much as it possibly can the excitement of a Nigerian wedding. It takes things a step further by making the lovers persons of different ethnic tribes who take a vow of chastity as they look forward to their ground-shattering wedding night. The insecurities of the virgin bride concerning the reformed playboy groom, the feel of superiority by members of both families, especially the groom’s mother – Mrs. Obianuju Onwuka (as played by Ireti Doyle), all make for a very interesting watch.
I must commend Director – Kemi Adetiba – for a job well done. Almost everything about the movie was perfect, because she took something almost every Nigerian can relate to and made it extremely colorful. The costumes were on-point, every aspect of the props used were very good. The actors were the main dish: I could have swore I was watching a real Nigerian wedding ceremony. Whoever supervised the casting did a superb job. Kudos! If I didn’t know Banky W as a musician, I’d vow he’ll make it as an actor: he played the lead role of Dozie Onwuka which such excellence one could easily think he acts for a living. His co-lead, Adesua Etomi – who played Dunni Coker – did a very good job as she always does.
Another commendable thing was how easy it was to fall in love with all the supporting cast – everyone was just too good; from the nagging mother and soft-talking father of the groom (as played by Ireti Doyle and RMD) to the typical Yoruba loving parents (as played by Alibaba and Sola Sobowale), to the good-bad friend (as played by Ikechukwu) to the slutty ex (as played by Beverly Naya) – everyone was awesome. Specially commendation to the party planner, the party crashing family, the thief who stayed seven years in a university and still graduated with a first class, and Iya Michael. Everyone brought some form of dynamic to everyday characters Nigerians are familiar with.
My best character is Mrs. Cooker as player by Sola Sobowale. Every scene with her was a delight for me to watch. She brought what it was to be a Nigerian mother hoping to not have your child’s wedding go sour, because every Nigerian mother terribly longs for the day her child will get married.
My best scene was when it was the Coker’s turn to dance in. The perfect tune of Yinka Ayefele’s eyin temi bawo ni o! brought caused me to involuntarily join the family in dancing in. Everyone who’s been to a Yoruba party certainly know they don’t joke with their dance.
In all, The Wedding Party is highly recommended for those who haven’t seen it yet. The movie is extremely colorful, entertaining, and has perfect Nigerian songs for fitting scenes. There’s no dull moment from start to finish.