Review of Seyi Babatope’s When Love Happens
The movie When Love Happens premiered at the Odeon Cinema Greenwich on Friday 4th September 2015 and at the same time started showing in selected cinemas on the same day.
Unfortunately, die to another premiere on the same day to which babso.org was already committed, we could not attend the premiere. However, we were priviledged to watch the screening of the movie on Wednesday 9th September 2015 at Odeon Cinema Greenwich. This review is therefore based on the screening.
Storyline: Moduroti Bankole–Smith (also known as Mo)is a twenty eight year old events planner that has always been unlucky when it came to getting a partner or finding a future partner. She is reminded at every turn about how wonderful love his with proof to substantiate the case. Her parents are madly in love and are always nudging her to find someone. She has 2 close friends Tseju whose profession is unclear and Tobe a banker.
Events take a bizarre turn when she is hired to plan a long time friend’s Jennifer’s upcoming wedding. This ignites a change and a chain reaction in Mo. She is now determined to open herself to new ways to explore dating and finding romance. An old flame Dare returns to town to further complicate her plans. Unknown to her, her close friend Tobe secretly harbours affection for her and that starts to reverberate as an undercurrent that will reach a tipping point one that will either end badly or for the better. Mo will have to find the natural balance of love as she hopes it to be or as most people experience it.
To me the storyline was very relevant. In the African culture or at least in the Nigerian culture, when a lady attains a certain age and has studied all she can and achieved things in life, the pressure comes up for her to get married. As in the case in this movie, matters get worse when every other person around one that grew up together is married or in a stable relationship. The movie also depicted how far one can go to get a partner. I would not tell you what was done in this movie or how far Mo went, you need to watch it yourself.
One thing I enjoyed about the movie was that from start to finish, the theme of the story was straight forward and everyone knew where the movie was going. There were no distractions, it was all about love and getting into a relationship and I commend the writer of the script for that. That made the storyline very easy to follow and in fact would make the average viewer emphatise with Mo.
Cast: The movie boasted of loads of experienced Nollywood actors and included Weruche Opia, OC Ukeje, Beverly Naya, Oreka Godis, Desmond Elliot, Wale Ojo, Bukky Wright, Gideon Okeke, Bassey Keppy Ekpeyong, Helen Paul, Shaffy Bello, Blossom Chukwujekwu, KC Ejelonu. The movie was Directed by Seyi Babatope. and Produced by Kene Mkparu, Moses Babatope, Seyi Babatope.
In my view the cast were marvelous. I cannot pick on any particular actor opposed to the other. Even those that played minor roles did well and there was a good coordination that brought the movie together. Every single actor did what was expected of them and I commend the Director for a job well done. I don’t know how long it took to shoot this movie but permit me to use this phrase, the cast was simply on point every single one of them.
If you know me when it comes to reviewing movies, I am picky but even though there were tiny mistakes by the cast in one or two scenes, the average viewer would not have picked on them so I am willing to let them go. There were definitely no cramming lines in this movie. To the entire cast and crew, I say well done.
Picture Quality: I do not have much to say about the picture quality. The picture quality was of a good standard. However, that said, in some scenes, there were places where it seems the pictures froze and we did not see the images of the cast as they were talking. This could have been dealt with in post-production. There were no blurred pictures.
Sound Quality: Again the sound quality was of a very good standard. There was no interference with the sound and everything the cast said were very clear. However, my only concern and this is being very picky was with Mo. I am not sure if it had to do with her voice or if she was always a bit far from the microphones to pick her voice very clearly in some scenes. Every other person seemed to have a loud articulate voice but the volume always seemed to dip when it came to Mo. That was just an observation.
Overall performance: One thing I liked about the movie was what I call the pause and explain. The film froze on a character and Mo usually said something about the character. That was done in a professional manner.
The movie was humorous, was real, was easy to understand, was universal and anyone could relate with it. I went to the movie with someone who would not really watch Nollywood movies and she was full of praise for the movie. To me that spoke a lot about the movie.
Although the UK screening of the movie would be ending today 10th September 2015, this is a movie that should continually be viewed. It is one of those movies I would like to see on Iroko TV or even Netflix.
I would like to commend the Director Seyi Babatope, and the entire cast and crew for a job well done. The question remains if I would recommend this movie. From my comments above, it is certain what my answer would be. This is one of those movies as a reviewer and critic, that I would recommend without any hesitation or fear of being crucified. I had seen what was written about the movie previously, but I don’t believe a movie is a good movie until I see it and definitely this was a good movie.
Watch the trailer: