The Wedding Party (2016)

The Wedding Party
Director: Kemi Adetiba
Writer: Kemi Adetiba, Tosin Otudeko
Cast: Alibaba Akporobome, Zainab Balogun, Stephen Damian, Daniella Down, Iretiola Doyle, Emmanuel Edunjobi, Adesua Etomi, Kunle Idowu, Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Beverly Naya, Enyinna Nwigwe, Ikechukwu Onunaku, Sola Sobowale, Banky Wellington
Seen on: 18.2.2018

Dunni (Adesua Etomi) is about to marry Dozie (Banky Wellington) despite their differences: Dunni has been saving herself for marriage, while Dozie is looking back on a past as a major player. Also, Dunni doesn’t have much in the way of money, while Dozie comes from a very wealthy family. But families are part of weddings, too, and Dozie’s family really isn’t happy with the match.

The Wedding Party is a Nigerian film by a woman, which is pretty awesome. But everything else about it is utterly derivative and pretty boring. I felt like I forgot it as I was watching it.

Apart from the fact that the film is in Nigeria, I did feel like I have seen it about a million times already. Unfortunately it’s filled with clichés about, well, everyone and doesn’t really do anything interesting with those clichés. We get Bridezilla and the reformed playboy tempted by circumstances; the stuck-up rich family; the boundary-crossing lower class family; and so on.

Things then spiral out of control in a pretty predictable and increasingly unlikely fashion. I didn’t feel like there was a single joke here that hadn’t been done before, not a turn of events that I couldn’t call in advance.

While a film doesn’t necessarily have to tell a new story and there can be a certain comfort in the well-known, The Wedding Party was just lacking a certain charm or maybe a certain quality in the execution to make it really come together. The characters were too flat to really empathize with them.

I guess you can spend your time with worse films, at least if you’re looking for something to just make some time pass. But then I barely remember watching this one, so maybe that impression is false.

Summarizing: eh.

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