TITLE: WHEN LOVE HAPPENS
GENRE: ROMANTIC COMEDY
PRODUCERS:KENE MPARU, SEYI AND MOSES BABATOPE
PRODUCTION COMPANY: FUTURE GATES PICTURES & PHB FILMS
DIRECTOR: SEYI BABATOPE
WRITTEN BY: DICHE ENUNWA
EDITOR CHIEF: JOE LARUE
MAINCAST: WERUCHE OPIA, BEVERLEY NAYA, GIDEON OKEKE, OC UKEJE, OREKA GODIS, SHAFFY BELLO
DURATION: 1:49:26(ONE HOUR, FORTY NINE MINUTES AND TWENTY SIX SECONDS)
DATE OF RELEASE: October 24, 2014
MOVIE RATING: 9/10
REVIEWER: OKONKWO .C. KIMBERLY; 14BE016599
…When Love Happens is a romantic comedy which tells the story of Moduroti Bankole-Smith (Mo), a 28 year old event planner who plans more of weddings but can’t wrap her head around where the ideal man for her may be. Getting a call from one of her oldest friends to plan a big ‘royal’ wedding, dealing with pressure from family and friends and meeting her high school nemesis, ‘Mary’, who wanted everything Mo wanted back in high school from grades to boys, and finally had one thing Mo did not have: a family. Finally, she resorted to online dating. Will she meet Mr. Perfect?
As soon as online dating was introduced, the movie takes a hilarious and realistic turn. She got different dates from the badly dressed and not so fine guy-> the broke guy-> to the shameless, and she still didn’t give up. Moving on with the wedding planning, her cheating ex turned out to be the best man. He played the perfect gentleman trying to get her back, from buying her gifts to taking her out her out on dates and even taking her on a surprise trip to South Africa. Second chance comes to play here, but, as always, old habits die hard and indeed, love makes an unexpected arrival.
The most beautiful aspect of this movie is the acting performance. Its cast exhibited outstanding talent which helped improve its favourable reception by the audience. Weruche Opia was flexible and energetic. She played her part to near perfection. Oreka Godis (Tseju) was beautiful, down-to-earth and spectacular. Some people feel that Tseju would have played Mo’s part better, but they couldn’t be more wrong. Though, Gideon Okeke is unable to break free from his ‘Tinsel’ character and bring the part of Tobe into life, the chemistry is still fathomable and quite something for someone who had given up on love. Not to mention, the use of pigeon English and common slangs among Nigerians in several scenes buttresses the fact that Nigerians will always be Nigerians.
Beverly Naya was an obnoxious and arrogant bride-to-be, though at times, she slightly exaggerated her part. OC Ukeje could have swapped parts with Gideon Okeke, who would have played the cheating boyfriend role better. Gideon Okeke has the bad boy signature smirk practiced to a T. About 57:20 into the movie, where OC Ukeje commented on Helen Paul’s shoes, and said, “I like your shoes, you should get some loubs”. I’m not really sure who to blame, OC or the writer because it was lame.
There’s something about the scene where Dare was caught cheating, the heels were deliberately removed and still wasn’t used to express her anger and imbalance. Besides, being professional was no way for a Nigerian girl to express her disappointment after getting hurt a second time. Realism was slacking here.
The scene where Tobe’s abs were shown wasn’t quite a good picture for his role and it was out of place. Many feel that Tseju should have played Mo’s part better but they couldn’t be more wrong. Everyone had the perfect role but OC Ukeje wasn’t so outright with his bad-boy role and the beards were really not necessary. Then, Jennifer’s fiancé should have come out more as the man marrying the lousy drama queen from way back but his role is overshadowed and quite lowkey. Her parents put up an American home front, the only thing they did that was expected was to talk her into marriage.
There is this other scene where Mo repeated a costume and the entire thing was bizarre because the two scenes didn’t follow each other, it was obvious that they were shot on the
same day but not supposed to appear at the same time. Besides, the change in hair do was all too quick and unrealistic for someone who claimed to be busy after her trip with Dare. Another bizarre occurrence was when she started the video blogging and she was supposed to be using an HP laptop but the screen properties was that of a mac book, it was just too much. These were just the few things that made me rate it a 9/10 because this movie would have been a classic.
Mo experiences balance, imbalance and balance; one minute she’s happy, then, emotionally crushed and happy again. The script here is simply flawless. Though it runs for about two hours, one could only wish it never ends. Re Olunuga was quite the music director. Need I mention, the idea of not boring us with the cast at the beginning was quite unique.
ELEMENTS OF THE MOVIE
Ø PICTURES: The picture quality was great, but there’s always room for improvement.
Ø COSTUME: The costumes were very trendy, stylish in portraying the African culture especially with the use of Ankara, the stylist did a great job. He picked the right outfit for the different characters and scenes. The hair stylist also did a good job but could have picked hair extensions of better quality for the character Mo.
Ø LIGHTING AND SOUND EFFECTS: the lighting was fantastic, there was no blur or unnecessary light colours; and the sound effects were in tune with the screen pla
This scene was taken as a medium shot; a lot of medium shots are actually used in this movie.
This was taken as a long shot.
This was taken from a low angle.
Several shots actually make use of horizontal movements to identify each person in a dialogue. The movie also contains a lot of cut-away scenes, the split screen was used twice; where she received a call from Tobe and from Dare later on. The zoom shot is also used to portray how fidgety Tobe gets while expressing his disdain with Mo and the tilt up is used to express her level of shock when her first date introduced himself. Close-in shots are used alongside a number of long shots. The production quality was top notch, this is a movie I’ll definitely see again and again.