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Nigerian Movie Review
Love My Way ~ 2008
Story – Anthony Nwatu
Screenplay – Kehinde Olurunyomi
Director – Ikechukwu Onyeka
Genevieve Nnaji – Kayla
Jim Iyke – Tekena
Tonto Dikeh – Oge
Kalu Ikeagwu – Richard
Nneka Atako – Kemi
Jessy Sahaaf – Florence
Temple Ugo Ikeji – Chiejina
Nwosu Richard – Donye
Malachy Hart – Oly Man
My Rating – 77%
Tekena played by Jim Iyke wants to marry Kayla, played by Genevieve Nnaji, but finds it hard to come to terms with her incessant drinking and smoking. He does not feel that she is domesticated enough for him, but is madly in love with her nevertheless. On one occasion she answers his request to come home to a clean house with,
“I’ll get someone to do it.”
Oge (Tonto Dikeh) is Tekena’s work colleague as well as one of his best friends. Oge, Tekena and Richard meet up regularly and confide in each other about everything, well almost everything. Oge has in fact being hiding a secret from Tekena. The secret is that she is in love with him
Kayla is being nagged by Tekena until she reaches breaking point. She leaves him for a little “space” not informing anyone as to her whereabouts. She is also refusing to answer calls.
While Kayla is missing, Oge takes the opportunity to reveal her feelings to Tekena. Tekena is vulnerable and is drawn into a moment with Oge. They kiss and as they are about to get intimate when his phone rings. It is his best friend Richard who tells him that Kayla is in the hospital disorientated and suffering form amnesia. It is as though Oge does not exist and he leaps up to rush to the hospital to be with Kayla.
The question is who will win his love in the end? Will it be Kayla or will it be Oge? Or perhaps none of them will?
Kayla comes around from the coma a completely different person. Not only does she now cook but she is horrified when Tekena brings her alcohol and cigarettes in a bid to jog her memory on pre-accident life. With a raised eyebrow she disbelievingly questions Tekena, “I drink… I smoke?”
This is a twin movie and having just watched Caught in the Act/ Titanic Sister with Genevieve doing the good twin/ bad twin thing I was getting a serious case of déjà vu. However if I hadn’t of watched the movie Caught in the Act I would not feel that way. Genevieve Nnaji interpreted her role very well playing the coy inexperienced girl as well as she played the undomesticated, boozing bad girl.
I found the bit where Kayla came face to Face with her twin Kaylen very unrealistic. You see someone that is your MIRROR IMAGE and you are busy quarrelling with the boyfriend that you were trying to dump in the first place. Does that make sense? Would you not be focused on the person that is clearly your twin. You would want to know why you did not know about them and where they have been all these years. Instead you are cussing your boyfriend out over bringing another woman to his house. A woman that he clearly believed was YOU!
Then Kayla’s stupid azz friend suggests that perhaps Tekena has done “Cloning.” This was stupidity at its finest. Since when have we been cloning humans? The film was not a science fiction one and the friend was not supposed to be drunk or high on some drug when she said it so all I could say to that was NON-SENSE!
The other bit which made me say WTF was where Kayla/Kaylen is trying to process the shock of not being whom she has been told she is. She grabs her head. She is pushing her head in on both sides as if she is trying to squash it together and bust her skull, then she is complaining “My head… my head.” Why wouldn’t your head hurt with the way you are squeezing it? So after a few seconds of this she then faints and it is meant to be a serious scene but the whole thing is pure comedy.
Yes Tonto Dikeh does say “innit” a lot (a complaint I’ve heard many times) which can be quite annoying but it has to be given to her she really knows how to draw emotion from within and give her all to a character. When she is emoting you can really feel whatever it is that she is trying to put across to the viewer. It never comes across as lacking, fake, or over the top. She nails emotional scenes. She played the victim of unrequited love with so much conviction. It is heartfelt to watch. Her crying scene is subtle yet dramatic in its simplicity.
It was nice to see Jim Iyke shed that bad boy character that we know him so well for in this movie It was refreshing and a bit of a surprise to not hear “Ni**a” and “Motherfuc*er being shouted every other second. Kalu Ikeagwu injected some humour into his scenes, he was charming and charismatic. I had no inkling that his character had a thing for Oge until close to the end.
The movie was a ended happily for all involved. I couldn’t help but feel like Oge got the short straw ending up with Richard though. Yes they tried to make it like she was happy, but essentially she didn’t get the man that SHE wanted, she just had to make do whoever wanted her which was a bit of a shame. I haven’t seen a movie where it is the man that has to be happy and make do. It is always the woman… Oh well I guess that is reflective of the African society that it is set in.
I would recommend this movie. It was enjoyable to watch. The cast was great and the storyline was gripping and somewhat unpredictable.