Irreplaceable African Movies Review
Date of Release: 2007 (packaged as 2011)
Story/ Screenplay – Emma Ikenna Aniekwe
Director – Afam Okereke
Producer – Ada Aronu
Pete Edochie – Professor
Oge Okoye – Lydia
Desmond Elliot – Roderick
Tonto Dikeh – Melissa
Uche Ebere – Sera
Uju Ozougwu – Ada
Ada Aronu – Oma
Kingsley Ezennone – Roderick Jnr
Idongesit Bruno – Ifunanya
Roderick played by Desmond Elliot has a girlfriend Melissa played by Tonto Dikeh that he has been engaged to for over three years but he shows no interest at all in marrying. Roderick’s family are badgering him to take her as a wife but he does not know if he ever even wants to get married. Melissa is desperate to be married to him even employing his father to help her persuade him to marry her. In their desperation they hire Lydia, a psychoanalyst played by Oge Okoye to try and get to the bottom of why their son is so emotionally cold. Is there some psychological trauma from his past that he is hiding and has not overcome? Will he ever get married?
“Mr Roderick why have you decided not to get married?”
The above question is what Lydia a psychoanalyst asks her client Roderick. The whole marriage issue and Roderick not getting married to Melissa being a psychological issue was just taking it to far. What psychoanalyst would say that or even waste her time on such a case? The phrase “much ado about nothing” springs to mind.
It is funny how the family’s analysis of their son’s childhood differs to his own summary. What was an insignificant event to them, namely his first childhood girlfriend and first love and their rejection of her was a huge deal to him and one that continued to affect him into adulthood. The family never once even mention the girl to the psychoanalyst. It is as though she has been forgotten. They clearly have no idea that their bad treatment of the girl has affected Roderick up until the present day.
I was shaking my head at that whole sob story that the psychoanalyst told Roderick at the end. She says that she was treated badly by men. This is her “excuse” for being a lesbian. In that case you would assume her to be a straight woman seeking comfort, and that she is not physically attracted to women. She describes her first time seeing Oma as, “she was so cute and sexy.” You what? That means she is attracted to women not that it was something that happened out of a desire for companionship. That means she is a lesbian. Rubbish! Switch it round and imagine a guy telling a girl that he walked into a room and saw this cute and sexy guy. You would be like nicca you gay!
We find out that it is because of family ties and obligation why Roderick’s father wants him to marry Benita, at the same time is it sort of understandable why he feels indebted to Benita’s father but why at the expense of your own child? He can take care of Benita’s family in other ways. He says he wanted to keep the memory of association alive by bringing Benita in as a daughter.
The movie was very predictable. As soon as the psychologist was introduced you kinda knew what was going to happen. This movie reminded me of the movie where Chika Ike was Muna obiekwe’s psychologist hired by his family after his girlfriend dies. That movie had a more interesting storyline but the acting in this movie was way better.
I had no fault with the acting of any of the main characters. Desmond conveyed the emotions expected of him as a troubled man well. There was aparticularly touching scene between Desmond Elliot and Pete Edochie towards the end of the movie. Oge Okoye did good but her character was weak in terms of the way it was written and developed. She wasn’t a convincing psychologist, but I’d put the fault with the one that wrote the character as opposed to her. Pete Edochie. Did what he does best. Uche Ebere was good but appeared more aged than usual, not that that’s a bad thing because it fit her role in the movie. Tonto was fire. She took her time saying her lines and didn’t trip over her words as she has been prone to do lately. It’s a shame that this movie is old. Will we ever get the old tonto back? The bald chick Ada Oronu has a very strong look but needs to be banned from ever speaking in a movie again. Her acting was atrocious. Wonders shall never end why someone didn’t yell cut when she gave that wooden speech dumping Basorge her boyfriend. She is a very striking girl. She should stick to modelling. She is also the producer of the movie. This is an example of where the producer should stay behind the camera.
Nollywood Forever Says What?
Roderick states that he did “an Msc in International Policy at Howard University Maryland. Say What? Uh, since when was Howard in MD. Isn’t it in DC? Please ooo research is everything.
Benita says about Roderick, “I am suspecting he is psychotic,” because he won’t open up about his past. Say What??? Stupidity.
What psychoanalyst is skulking around in t shirt and jeans stalking and harassing her so called client. Say What?
What was the whole lesbian thing about? Say what? It was an bsolutely useless and pointless part of the story.
Why was Roderick acting like he didn’t know Lydia was a lesbian when he sees the pictures that his father produces? Say What? What is he taking the pictures to her for and getting upset like he didn’t already know? Did the scriptwriters forget that he already knew?
Another abortion death in a Nollywood movie. Say what? How predicatable. *yawn*
The movie is definitely watchable, but in saying that I would not recommend it. Oge and Desmond did their thing and had good chemistry but I found the storyline rather absurd and the believability factor to be close to zero. Even if the story is not believable it should be executed in a fashion to MAKE us the viewers believe that which appears to be beyond reality. This movie did not do that for me. I see Emma Ikenna Aniekwe was responsible for the script, what I will say is that he has definitely come a long way since this movie.