THE MEETING 

                        GENRE: ROMANTIC, COMEDY

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                        MINUTES: 2 HOURS 32 MINUTES

 

LOCATIONS: LAGOS, ABUJA (NIGERIA)

 

PRODUCERS: RITA DOMINIC, MILDRED OKWO

 

DIRECTOR: MILDRED OKWO

 

SCREENPLAY: TUNDE BABALOLA, MILDRED OKWO

 

MAIN CAST

 

RITA DOMINIC- Clara Ikemba

 

FEMI JACOBS– Makinde Esho

 

LINDA EJIOFOR- Ejira

 

JIDE KOSOKO– MD

 

NSE IKPE ETIM– Bolarinwa

 

COLIN RICHARDS– Jolomi

 

CHUMA OKARO– Minister

 

PLOT

 

The meeting narrates the story of Mr Makinde Esho (Femi Jacobs) with two goals to achieve which is travel to Abuja for a meeting with the Minister of Land and get back to Lagos in time for his daughter’s graduation. He meets Ejira (Linda Ejiofor), a female corps member who begs him for a lift.

 

Despite Ejira’s promise to keep quiet during the ride, her curious and verbose nature gets the best of her leading to a conversation between her and Makinde.

 

Makinde’s one day meeting is consistently rescheduled by the Minister’s unapologetic and ill-tempered receptionist, Clara’s Ikemba (Rita Dominic) and is stretched into a 5 day period of waiting for ‘supposedly busy’ Minister. Makinde meets with different characters who are also waiting for the Minister, some of them recount their ordeal.

 

The romance brewed between Makinde and Ejira alongside Clara’s sarcastic comments, inconsistent gum-chewing and comical behaviour is something to watch out for.

 

 

 

 MOVIE REVIEW

 

The sound and lightning quality was good and each camera shot, angles, movement and speed was justifiably used, a job well-done to the costume designer and cinematographer. The Producers and Director also did a good job in discreetly advertising their sponsors (GLO).

 

The producer’s ability to point out problems experienced in Nigeria in just few scenes was also good.

 

Kudos to the supporting character, Rita Dominic (Clara Ikemba) who is sure to keep you laughing till the end of the movie. She really got into character and her badly done make up and drab clothes made everything more realistic. Her role in the movie really brings comic relief to the audience.

 

I also give an applause to the lead characters for their acting skills especially in the conversations, they really made their dialogue realistic and interesting to listen to.

 

The movie however sets a preference to Abuja over Lagos. It paints Lagos as disorderly while Abuja in a peaceful and tranquil light. According to one of the characters (Ejira) “only an insane person will leave the relative peace, calm and tranquillity of Abuja and go to hunting in that crazy Lagos… and exciting mega city, full of exciting mega mad people”.

 

Some of the camera transitions were however badly done especially the cut. In the last reception scene, the camera accidently showed the blank screen of Clara’s computer which she was supposedly typing on moments before a quarrel started.

 

In the conversation between the Igbo woman and the Hajia at the reception, failed to note that both women were from different tribes and could not have in any way been able to understand each other more or less reply to their insults to each other.

 

The policemen who were to arrest Makinde when he confronted the minister were very frigid in their acting and it was very obvious they were not real actors. Also the fact that they were putting on sunglasses on their uniform seemed very hilarious.

 

On the part of the storyline, Ejira and Makinde fell in love in just 5 days is a rather perplexing circumstance and very unrealistic. I like that the movie didn’t end in marriage like most Nollywood movies.

 

My favourite quotes in the movie was by Rita Dominic (Clara Ikemba) at the Ministry of Land’s reception

 

 “”Excuse me everybody, I’m selling recharge cards, GLO mobile, rule your world, I cater for your needs as you wait, thank you… Why are you asking me? Ask them now. Maybe they are jobless, maybe they have nothing better doing because I have told them the same thing am telling you now and if they decide to still wait here, Oyo is their case now.”

 

Aside the flaws in camera transitions and some character’s lines, the movie is a good blend of romance and comedy and I rate it an 8.

 

IRUMEKHAI SHARON EFUE

 

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