Forget Me Not

Forget Me Not

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Forget Me Not (2008)
Story/ Screenplay – Chisom Juliet Okereke
Director – Ikechukwu Onyeka

Starring:
Desmond Elliot – Kelvin
Muna Obiekwe – Nelson
Ini Edo – Chioma
Kofi Adjorlolo – Chief Jombo
Tonto Dikeh – Olivia
Cassandra Odita – Ngozi
Esther More – Dora
Nosa Obaseki – Uche
Ifunaya Onunwa – Benita
Uche Odoputa – Alex
Chukwudi Nwafor – Jonah
Esther Aikpokpoje – Olivia’s Mother
Jim Lawson – Chief Mbah

Themes
Marriage Of Convenience
Friendship
Love

My Rating: 65%

Two couples find themselves in relationships of circumstance and convenience rather than love.

Kelvin ends up marrying his wife Dora after she tells him that she is pregnant after casually sleeping together a few times. He does not love her but wants to face up to his responsibilities as a man and make an “honest woman” of her. His best friend Nelson knows that he is pining for his one true love that he has recently split up with and advises him against the marriage seeing it as a recipe for disaster.

Kelvin does not heed Nelson’s advice and quickly marries Dora in a registry office ceremony. The bride’s father is not even present. It is not long into the marriage that his forever alcohol guzzling wife informs him that she is not pregnant and was never pregnant for him. It was simply a story that she concocted to trap him into marriage.

Chioma on the other has is in a relationship with a very nice, caring and supportive man that dotes on her and her fiver year old child from a previous relationship. He has proposed to her many times and she finally accept after he pleads with her to give him the commitment he deserves. She cares about him, but she is not in love with him. She tells her friend Olivia,

“He is nice… I think I like… love him.”

Can either couple remain in their relationships and sustain happy and fulfilled lives?

*************SPOILERS*************

The question has to be asked what exactly is love? Does it have to be that heart racing, giddy love that you find in the romance novels to work?

Can Kelvin’s marriage work? When he married his wife, he went into it thinking that love would grow as he believed she had the qualities needed for that, namely she could give him children, provide support and a good home.

Can love grow from the love that someone else has for you? As in the case with Chioma. She stayed with her boyfriend because of the love he showed for her and her child and that was enough for her.

Does there need to be a romantic type of love for a successful marriage to occur?

WHY’s?

1) What was up with Tonto Dikeh’s pregnancy bulge? Or should I say BOX, because that’s exactly what it looked like… a gatdam box! Totally unrealistic. A pregnancy bulge should be curvy like a woman, not angular like a telephone box.

2) Why were Ini and Tonto so matchy matchy? I though it was too much. The whole styling was too much. It looked a little or should I say a LOT fashion victimy. Don’t get me wrong, there were some nice outfits but a bit too many matching bag, shoe, top and jewellery scenarios. I noticed in some scenes they had Ini and Tonto actually matching EACH OTHER. Now that is not a good look unless you are twins in kindergarten. At one point hey had them both in these below the boobie vest top jobs and Ini’s had both straps falling off. Her top underneath the vest thingy was too tight so it was rolling up exposing her back flesh and her underwear… A little sloppy. What suits one does not necessarily suit another.

Overall the film was easy to watch and enjoyable. All of the cast did a nice job, except for the lady playing Dora (that was a little messy), and the little girl playing Benita (she was WOODEN.) There were a few nice twists, although on the whole it was predictable. A little more work was needed on Kelvin’s character development. On minute he was coming across sincere like he loves Chioma and the next like and arrogant asshole that didn’t care.

 

 

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  1. SG says:

    Yes, I recall this movie. Didn't the baby end up belonging to Kelvin and he ends up trying to reclaim the kid at the end? Yes, I think it might be the same movie.

    Why do the producers insist on wearing skimpy clothes. They are always dressing Ini Edo and others in clothes that portray the women as streetwalkers /prostitutes.

    No sane person dresses like that …. I think you can still be beautiful or sexy without looking or behaving like those women that you find in Abuja Nicon….

    Try watching Girls Cot and The Champ and tell me what you think…

  2. nollywoodforever says:

    Yes they end up getting back together to live as "one big happy family"

    I personally do not have a problem with skimpy clothes, per se, (although these movie makers seem intent on making ini edo look like she has no class) and I do not think that Ini and Tonto in this film were necessarily dressed as prostitutes. I just think they tried a little to hard with the styling. It was too fashion Victim. It was like watching… Nigeria's Next Fashion Victim. I also think one should be dressed to suit their size and shape.

    Ini and tonto do not have the same size and shape. Something that looks cute on Tonto makes Ini look like a whale even though she is not. there is something for everyone. One should not just throw someone in a pice of clothing because it is supposedly the "latest fashion"

    I have seen Girl's Cot… the outfit changes were ridiculous… LOl Having said that, that was my first Nigerian movie and I looooved it.

  3. SG says:

    I agree with you to a certain point. Most of these movies I have watched recently their style of dress has significantly gotten worse. For instance, have you seen Yankee Boys? If not, you will see what I mean when you watch it.

    Nollywood has a lot of beautiful women as well a handsome men. This phenomenon not only affect the women. I can't tell you how many times I have watched movie where the men are placed in over sized suit that looked like it used to belong to a 350 lb man….

    I agree with you also when you said the scenes are becoming more of the same… I find sometimes the movies by Tchidi Chikere are not more of the same. He like to step out of the box a little.

  4. nollywoodforever says:

    I have not watched Yankee Boys but if its by the same people that did Yankee Girls then I cannot watch it because it was TRASH… like 2/10… baaaad despite having 3 top actresses!

    I know what you mean about the oversized suits. Jim Iyke is a big offender there!

    I like Thchidi movies too… They normally have a sense of originality about them!

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  6. nollywoodforever says:

    Dear Patience, Where did you hear this? Somehow I don't believe it!!!

  7. miss600 says:

    This was quite an entertaining movie and a fair review. The whole plot flowed logically (which is not to be taken for granted in Nollywood!)

    I think the true origins of Kelvin's marriage should have gone in the spoiler section of your review, since it is quite an important twist in the plot. Also it should be mentioned that this movie follows on from Princess of My Heart 1 & 2 and has been repackaged as Princess of My Heart 3 & 4 for some regions.

    I found that Tonto's acting was often way over the top and she was given too much to say. In the end I found her irritating. And what was it with the repeated red/green combination outfits?

    Dora's character was too much of a baddie to be credible and it made the outcome of the story too simplistic and predictable. Even the kidnapping case took all of 60 seconds to solve. A more realistic version would have been messier: perhaps Dora would have been a much nicer person (much like Chioma's fiance) and had a child for Kelvin too. He would have found himself in the dilemma: pursue true love or stand by your commitments? This way we would have seen the film-makers take on the questions you raised about love in your review and maybe have learned something interesting.

    • Nollywood says:

      RE: Kelvin's Marriage… Only Lawd knows how and where I was putting the spoilers before! LOL I am glad to say the spoilers now always go in the spoilers section.

      RE: Dora's character. I find this issue to be very prevalent in Nollywood and that is the issue of character development and creating characters that are 3 dimensianl and believeable. For some reason many Nollywood writers seem to think that a baddy has to be all bad and a goody has to be all good. Of course we all know that this is not the way that real life works.

      • miss600 says:

        You've hit the nail on the head. These one dimensional characters are not cutting it.

        Silent Scandals stood out for me because although the ending was lame, it didn't rely on the usual "goodies versus baddies" plot. Instead we saw more complex people put in a difficult situation, trying to figure their way out of it.

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