PRODUCERS: SEUN OLOKETUYI, BOLA ADEBAYO.
DIRECTOR: JAMAL BOLA MOGAJI
SCREENPLAY: KEIRA HEWATCH.
MAIN CAST: BOLA ADEBAYO
LOCATIONS: LAGOS, NIGERIA
MOVING RATING (FROM 1 BEING POOR AND 10 BEING EXCELLENT: 5
DURATION: 1 HOUR THIRTY NINE MINUTES EIGHT SECONDS
DATE OF RELEASE: OCT 13TH 2015
REVIEWER: USMAN ACHENYO ESTHER. – 15BE02321
In the movie Wages, four married women share stories of their husband’s infidelity in a salon amongst themselves and wage war against their husbands.
ELEMENTS OF PRODUCTION.
FACTUAL ERROR: in the scene where Martha (Yvonne Jegede) goes to a bar to meet up with a client she runs into a friend of hers and decides to sit with her. Now Yvonne Jegede sat on the table directly facing the wall and backing the audience. It could be seen as an error because at a point it felt like she realised she wasn’t supposed to be backing the audience and tried to turn sideways severely to view the camera as she was speaking to her friend.
SOUND EFFECTS: There wasn’t much use of sounds effects in this movie like the cliché Nigerian movies we are used to but in the scene where Irene (Belinda Effah) was shouting at her husband for bringing prostitutes to the house to spend the night, the sound effect that was used was a big thumbs down mainly because the sound effect that was used demanded action that would satisfy the audience curiosity but the actors could not deliver that. Their acting was poor and sluggish.
SHOT AND ANGLES
Wages is a rare movie with a common problem among married people ‘infidelity’. The movie deserves a thumbs up to the costume designer for the perfect outfits of the performers and the great performance of some of the actors. Despite a compelling performance by the actors/actresses who starred in the movie, Wages could not get out of the shadow of its weak plot.
The movie draws our attention at the beginning to a close shot of fespris world salon where most of the scenes take place. Four married women that had just met for the first time got into a serious discussion about their married life and infidelity of their husbands. Each revealed their stories and waged war against their husbands.
Christine (Bayray Mcmwizu) found out her husband had sex with a prostitute in the car, Martha (Yvonne Jegede) found her husband with a friend at a bar when she came back from the ladies, Tobi’s (bola Adebayo) husband forgot to cut the call while he was getting busy with some other girl and she heard every conversation he made while Irene (Belinda Effah) had a bad marriage that later shattered when her husband brought over two prostitutes to spend the night.
First of all infidelity in Nollywood movies is not a new thing. The use of infidelity in thismovie is bland and unrealistic. The ways in which the women found out about their husbands was not really as explanatory as some of the Nollywood movies for instance when Martha found her husband siting with her friend she instantly concluded that he was cheating because her friend had told her she was waiting for her love. How did she know her husband was the man the friend was waiting for? What if he was an old friend that had bumped into her and decided to sit with her for a while like how she did? The scene does not give the thrill or the satisfaction an audience should derive when a bad guy in a movie gets caught. If she had walked in on them kissing she would have had a more defined reason to conclude he is a cheat.
The movie tried to portray men as deceitful beings and cheats who are to coward to accept the consequences of their actions and at the end tried to make them remorseful which is most times a mere fantasy. If Keira Hewatch who wrote the screenplay had made it equal that not all the women were perfect, and any husband of the women in the salon was not cheating it would have been more believably.
It’s hard not to notice the poor performance of some of the actors, senseless dialogues and unrealistic events in this movie. Four women who have never met themselves before found it very comfortable to talk about the infidelity in their marriages. The issue that most women prefer to keep a secret, could it be possible that all the married women in that salon at that time were going through the same issue with their husbands? If you notice, Belinda Effah was at the corner trying to get busy with what seemed like a work related issue. In a salon!! Were people go to get their nails and hair done. She could as well go home and do the work because she had no one attending to her in the salon throughout the movie. It is kind of obvious she didn’t come to get services in the salon.
Here is the most unrealistic and overworked scene. Belinda Effah’s husband in the movie brings home two prostitutes and tells them to wait downstairs and have fun while he goes upstairs to his room and tries to sleep forgetting them down stairs like he had brought them to camp at his place. Belinda goes downstairs to check where the noise was coming from and sees the two of them, they later realised she was his wife but didn’t take the cue to leave. Belinda went to confront the husband who was staggering aimlessly that was an overworked scene if you ask me he was staggering in a way that a drunk person won’t you could see he was over working because he almost fell at a point and he’s couldn’t portray his emotions facially then he went downstairs and met the two prostitute who still waited till the end of the scene.
Clearly the movie needs an improvement, more realistic events to make it better, regardless of the weak plot some of the actors were great. My favourite line in the movie is ‘the eleventh commandment don’t get caught’ said by Gbenga Adeyinka.