The Engagement (2016)

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Director: Ubong Bassey Nya
Producer: Uchenna Mbunabo
Starring: Christabel Ekeh, Princess Shyngle, Matilda Lambert, Sam Sunny, Collins Talker, Felix Omokhodiow, Ebi Fortune, Nigeria. 1h14m

I’ve very recently got into Nollywood, and I thought Mexican Narco films were in a world of their own. But Ghallywood and Nollywood are in a bubble of terrible sound, dodgy sets and deep spiritual and moral stories that are mystifying if not straight forwards…

Despite this not being my introduction film it’s going to be the first that I review… Just because it’s brilliant in many ways, well kinda… So a group of three female friends in their late 20’s/ early 30’s are all stuck with one dilemma, they all want to get married and they want to get married right now. One has a long term partner but he’s only recently got himself a job and wants time to save for the wedding but she perceives this as him dragging his heels, another girl has a boyfriend but isn’t prepared to put out until there is a ring on her finger, and the third is the eldest and single, but the building’s security guard is totally devoted to her but she cusses him out everyday for being beneath her, but the house girl does show him interest but he keeps her at a distance.

After being turned down for sex until a ring appears the secret boyfriend unleashes a terrible plan that will cause a rift between everyone but will ensure him some quality sex with beautiful women.

The film has a healthy dose of humor and some interesting scenes, the production is better than some of the other movies, the biggest problem is often the sound which sounds like it’s been recorded on a fischer price toy. The characters are strong and acting holds up.

It develops an interesting moral about young women who are so desperate to get married without taking time to get to know the men they are assigning themselves to, obviously a big problem in Nigeria?? After the film gets started, characters are introduced it becomes very obvious that each woman is more concerned with the rock on her finger and their social status than the quality of the relationship they are in, cultural differences aside it’s a problem in many countries and it’s easy to see this as being an episode of Housewives of (insert place name here).

For just being over an hour long it packs in a lot of revelations, taut emotions and sees a lot of relationships going through terrible trials with an interesting twist at the end, sadly the film doesn’t really conclude, there is an update on the final events so it clears it up in a few seconds… but that’s neither here nor there.

 

AOFA07

 

 

Rating 7/10
R – The Sorrows of Elizabeth, Rosemary’s Fight
L – A-Z of Nollywood

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