TITLE: Mr. and Mrs.
PRODUCER: Chinwe Egwuagu
DIRECTOR: Ikechukwu Onyeka
YEAR: March 2012
MOVIE RATING: 8/10
CAST: Joseph Benjamin, Nse Ikpe Etim, Theresa Okodua, Paul Apel, and Barbara Sokey
REVIEWER: Faith Lamptey Lamiokor
Mr. and Mrs. is a melodramatic rendition that attempts to convey the anger, the hurt and the pain that come to fore when marriages seem to take the wrong turn. I could only imagine the million and one thoughts that ran through Susan Abbah’s (Nse Ikpe Etim) mind as she sat on the floor weeping, and the pestle she had tried using to hit her husband beside her.
Kenneth Abbah (Joseph Benjamin) was her husband, her lover of sixteen years, the father of her children, the man she loved, adored and worshipped, her slave master, the man that had relegated her to the background and confined her, a lawyer, to his kitchen. He never hesitated to praise his father for their good fortunes and seized every opportunity to remind her that she was nothing but the daughter of a washman. Yet she loved him and worshipped the ground he walked on. For him and her children whom we never saw all through the movie, she endured the pain and took the shame.
However, when Ken begins to cheat on Susan, she loses it and this compels her to heed her friend, Linda’s (Thelma Okodua) advice to see a marriage counselor. Linda is however oblivious to the fact that her seemingly loving and understanding husband who she claims is cool with her being a career woman and only entering the kitchen on Sundays to make breakfast, was sleeping with her maid.
Mr. and Mrs. is impressive with regards to the storyline, the content, the production quality and the plot. It showcased a level of professionalism that is lacking in most Nollywood movies.
The movie exhibits elements of suspense as we are left wondering about what would become of Susan at the point of divorce and what would become of Ken when Susan finally gains her freedom. It also professional intertwines some form of humor to lighten the mood of the story as it is an issue that is usually addressed seriously. We could see from the movie when Ken felt challenged when Susan brings a dildo into the house and also when Maggie, the maid was dumb enough to pour out wine and wash the wine bottle, that brings some form of relief to viewers who have been forced to identify with Susan’s pains.
The movie is very realistic and the cast portrayed each character very well as they were real and convincing. The storyline is informative and we also find that scriptural references were introduced at certain points and in a way that didn’t make the movie appear churchy.
The picture quality was good, so also the mixture of different camera shots and angles. However, most times the images were blurry when the camera attempted to zoom in also the story is told in a linear way, with no flashbacks or foreshadow, however, there are times the viewer disconnects from the movie as a result of some weak transitions.
The movie was shot indoors and straight to the point. No unnecessarily prolonged scenes which is common with Nigerian movie. All in all, the movie is a must-watch and I would rate it 8 out of 10. if anyone calls your father a washman do not forget to reply…”dry cleaner I always insist”
MR&MRS A MUST WATCH!!!!