PRODUCER: BIODUN STEPHEN
DIRECTOR: OLUFUNKE FAYOYIN
SCREENPLAY: KEHINDE JOSEPH AND BIODUN STEPHEN
MAINCAST: NSE IKPE ETIM, FEMI JACOBS, BLOSSOM CHUKWUJEKWU, BAYRAY MCNWIZU
SYNOPSIS: THE VISIT is a Nigerian romantic comedy thriller film. The film, which is a four-cast movie, the film focuses on the life of two couples with different lifestyles living in the same apartment block and how they handle conflict when their lifestyles collide.
MOVIE RATING: ( FROM 1 BEING POOR AND 10 BEING EXCELLENT) 8.5
DURATION: 1 hour 4minutes 17seconds
REVIEWER: OJOMO ANJOLAJESU IBUKUNOLUWA – 15BE02297
This movie is not just good movie but also a very bright idea. This is the first four-cast movie in Nigeria. It is quite exceptional and not the kind of “cliché” Nigerian movies we are used to .the actors were definitely handpicked by God. The screenwriters are acknowledged for creating expectation and taking the story to a different direction, each time. For instance, when Lanre (BLOSSOM CHUKWUJEKWU) calls Ajiri( NSE IKPE ETIM) a bitch and she responds by asking him, ‘Is it not losers that marry bitches?, one will expect domestic abuse will follow, but the story goes another way. The deployment of witty dialogue and innumerable subtext do not go unnoticed. Even the sexual innuendo in the name Shagaya- Shagwell- is apt.
I would give this movie a 10 except two faulty premises. One, the contact between the two couples is triggered by the unruly behavior of the Shagayas, which becomes intolerable when the glass window is shattered. Two, Ajiri and Eugenia are said to have grown up in Warri and Sapele ( tow neigbhbouring towns in Delta state) respectively.
On the second faulty premises, the Warri variant of the Pigin English is unmistakable, contradicting Ajiri’s claim that she was raised in Warri and lived in there for 18 years. Above all, she could not pronounce her name appropriately, the warri way. Ajiri /aziri/ as in measure not /adziri/ in judge; same for Ejiro and Damijo, two other names from that part of the country. The fact that Ajiri is from Warri should have come with accent, she did not have to say so herself because dialogue could also show action in film. However director fails to execute this properly. Even when Eugenia speaks Pidgin English, the “waffi” accent is not very discernable . Eugenia could not even properly pronounce Sapele the second time. Still the producer could have made two ladies comr from any part of country.
Needless to say, it is not enough to hit on a brilliant idea, the execution of the same to achieve excellent results is even more important and this is where the visit falters
FAVOURITE QUOTE: by Ajiri Shagaya (NSE IKPE ETIM) – “See her eyelash like batman cape”