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Ghanaian Movie Review
House of Gold ~ 2009
REPACKAGED AS: LOVE COMES BACK (2008)
Story – Nana Ama Mcbrown & Chugbo V Aniowo
Screenplay – Nana Ama McBrown
Director – Nana Ama McBrown
Omar Sheriff Captan – Henry
Kofi Adjorlolo – Papa Mona
Jackie Appiah – Anna
Nana Ama McBrown – Mona
Abdul Rahim Abu – John
Akwasi Amo – Nat
Barbara Ofosu – Young Mona
Fred Owusu Boakye – Young John
Steven A Aseidu – Washing Bay Owner
Isaac Asare – Postman
Marriage of Convenience in Ghana
My Rating 7%
Henry has been working in a company for ten years as a manager. One day he is approached by his boss who offers him his only child, Mona in marriage, as a sort of bonus for his loyalty to the company. Mona’s father leaves Henry to think over the idea, as Henry is shocked upon hearing the suggestion. He ends up taking up the offer in the end but is unhappy in the marriage and so hires a young hunk to seduce his wife. He wants a divorce but does not want to be the one to initiate it, perhaps because of some financial loss he may incur. Ghanaian Movie Review
Let me just say that this movie is just abysmally bad, as bad as Van Vickers’s Friday Night bad. BAD BAD BAD. We are talking about the same sort of levels. If you read this and then go on and watch it you cannot say that you were not warned! You only have yourself to blame. The opening scene is the best bit about what I watched. From there it is just downwards. Ghanaian Movie
Henry is shocked about being offered his boss’ daughter. It doesn’t seem like much of a reward, or else we would see him jumping for joy or at least looking pleased. From this scene the film fast forwards ahead. We can assume it is years but it isn’t really made clear. There is no transition. We see Henry enter his compound to face and angry wife who approached him screaming about some “cheap wine” that he bought her.
It is unexpected and no reason is given to why his wife is like this. We do not even find out that they are married until later on. I suppose this scene is supposed to show us, the viewer how unbearable Mona is for Henry to deal with, so this will excuse his behaviour when he later puts the wheels in motion to end the marriage.
From here we have a whole 7/8 minutes or so of Henry cruising the streets in his car, playing Tupac Shakur and bobbing his head. Yes I love Tupac, but if I want to listen to him I have his albums that I can listen to at my leisure. To watch this in a movie is very boring to say the least. I got the feeling that this whole thing was to showcase the car. 3 seconds is enough oooo! We have seen the car. Yes it’s a very nice car. Convertible… oooh. Wow! Lovely. We do not need to see endless driving. We do not need to see the opening of the gate and the car’s grand entrance into the compound and we do not need to see the entire process of the closing of the convertible roof. Which kind of nonsense is this?
Henry goes to a carwash and decides that he wants to hire the guy who is washing cars, John to seduce his wife. He doesn’t let him know straight away, only stating that he wants him to carry out a “mission.” I guess this whole mystery of the task at hand was to create suspense, but it just seemed stupid and poorly thought out. The guy is going to quit his job to go with a random guy with no inkling of the task at hand? Yeah right. Ok.
He approaches the owner and asks him why John is washing cars. Is it not a job? What kind of stupid question is that? It is so out of place for Henry to ask the car wash owner that as John did not do anything to dazzle Henry with any brilliance. They only greet each other so what could he possibly have deduced from that? Henry at no point even mentions any attributes that elevates the guy above car washer status. It would have made sense if he hired him on physical appearances, but that is never hinted towards.
John becomes the driver and car washer and we learn that he and Mona have some history, dating during their school days. Mona is still acting crazy smashing things. It is very strange it doesn’t even make sense why she is always angry. At one point they have the seducer John washing Henry’s car. He is wearing a cowry shell necklace, batty riders, (no lie dude is wearing butt skimming jean cut offs) one tight vest and contact lenses. WTF??? Looking like some exotic dancer FOR MEN. Mona smashes a glass at him while he is washing the car looking like he’d be more at home on a skripper pole and I’m not surprised. The whole thing is a mess.
Even though Mona and John are married they don’t sleep in the same room. One night she asks John to come to bed and he tells her,
“Darling I always tell you it’s not good for people living under the same roof to sleep in the same room.”
WTF??? I have never heard of such a thing. Nana Ama McBrown how did you think you could just put that in a script and not give any explanations with regards to it?
Speaking of the script it was awful. The speech didn’t flow; it was not natural at all. The story was jumping all over the place and not making a whole lot of sense (up to where I watched at least.) The onscreen picture was so overexposed and bright that Nana Ama’s face looked like a big fat moon most of the time.
There was a lot of badly matched music in the movie. I can see that they tried to use it to build up tension but it failed miserably. The music was too bold for a lot of the scenes and Omar Sheriff was generally lacking in passion and conviction. Dude was just reading lines. The sound was poor. There were times when the sound would be cut off completely for a second or two and very often there was loud background noise like wind and traffic.
I would not recommend this movie, even if I were paid to. I almost got to the end of part 1 before I gave up. I cannot even express the awfulness of this movie fully. Just do not even bother with it. It’s not even worth it for a laugh