Nollywood Nigerian Movie Review
Garden of Love and Tears ~ 2009
Story – Ezihe Richmond
Screenplay – Chinedu Anyanwu
Director – Nonso Emekaekwu
Producer – Ezihe Richmond
Actors & Actresses Starring:
Tonto Dikeh – Jenny
Ramsey Noah – Michael
Patience Ozokwor – Monica
Kofi Adjorlolo – Magnus
Daniella Chioma Okeke – Margaret
Seun Akindele – Dickson
Anita Joseph – Sylvia
Comfort Ugheoke – Rosie
Emmanuel Inyang – Jack
Enyinna Nwigwe – Tommy
In this Nigerian movie Jenny played by Tonto Dikeh appears to have the perfect marriage, a loving husband, played by Ramsey Noah and two beautiful children, a boy and girl. She is blossoming in her marriage. The family have lots of quality time together and enjoy being with each other. Her friend Margaret, played by Daniella Chioma Okereke, however is perishing in her marriage dealing with a cheating husband. Jenny is Margaret’s confidant and slowly her friends distrust in her own husband rubs of on her. Her world is shattered when one day she walks into a restaurant and finds Michael feeding another woman. It is completely innocent but Jenny is convinced otherwise.
My Rating – 54%
The “Cheese” Factor
The first thing that I thought about this movie was that it was a very much so over the top cheese fest. Edam, Brie, Mascarpone, Swiss, Cheddar, Mozarella and Parmesan, they all came together in this movie. First of all it started with cheesy clichéd “happy family” scenes. All sitting around the table together and eating and smiling cheesily throughout, in every scene the family were just overly cheesing like they were about to get their pictures taken.
There was another scene outside of the family home that stuck out to me as being pretty cheesy as well. Michael goes to meet his friend’s prospective wife and his friend is gushing about his chick just way too much for it to be really a man talking to a man. The guys says,
I can’t seem to stop dreaming and thinking about her. She has transported me into another realm
Allz I’m saying is Chinedu Anyanwanu must be one cheesy guy.
So we know that Michael was not cheating on Jenny but seriously what did he think he was doing feeding Rosie at the restaurant? That was too much. Lying about being in the office was one thing. I can get that but why would you be feeding your friend’s girlfriend. I would not find that appropriate at all.
After Michael is accused of cheating he declares that if his wife believes that he is cheating then he may as well go and cheat. I thought that this whole concept was mega stupid and the way in which they had Ramsey Noah announce the fact was too fake. I felt like they were trying to shove the message “Don’t accuse ya man of cheating or he actually will” just too forcefully.
The story and the characters were too simple I didn’t think it was properly thought through. From being a loving caring husband Michael turns into a violent cheating drunk literally overnight. That was not at all believable to me.
Monica, played by my favourite Patience Ozokwor tries to settle an argument with Magnus played by Kofi Adjorlolo,
Just get on your knees and ask me to forgive you and we can settle the matter
When he refuses she tells him,
Magnus I don’t want you to die of hunger apologise while you still have the chance o!
It is like a battle of wills and neither party will back down. She goes on to say,
I will not beg you tufiakwa over my dead body!
Ultimately it is the love of the grandchildren that brings Magnus and Monica together; we see how family rifts don’t just affect the people involved. There is a rippling effect.
Performances by the Cast
Tonto Dikeh’s hair and make up was looking absolutely fantastic in this movie. She and Ramsey performed well. Patience Ozokwor and Kofi Adjorlolo were the stand out performances for me. They interacted well and made the movie enjoyable. Comfort Ugheoke is very pretty but still can’t act for shit. She was wooden one minute and then overacting emotions the next. Anita Joseph is another dreadful one. I won’t bore you all with the details.
I was watching the movie and it started going out of sync between the voice and the action at the end of Part 1. Then in part 2 I hear some repetition on two different occasions and on top of that towards the end Patience’s voice is completely dubbed out and another put on top of it. Can you imagine? The voice is not even similar, it is a lot lighter and sounds younger. There are even sections where the sound is completely cut out. I think you can deduce from what I am saying here that the sound was abysmal and really let the movie down.
Most of the movie was just too cheesy and cliché for me and the sound was awful. I did however love the soundtrack. There is a song about fighting like cat and dog that I’ve heard in other movies that I absolutely love. I’d say this movie is one to watch when you are just lazying around and have nothing better doing. It is not one that I would go out of my way to watch but it is a good one to perhaps watch with kids because there is a really strong message about the preservation of family. I would recommend this movie on account of the village scenes. That is what really made it for me, otherwise I may well have ejected before I got to the end.