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MM Reviews: Cut Me Some Slack, I Just Saw “June” Produced By ChinneyLove

Genre: Romantic Comedy 

If you follow me on social media, you would know by now how excited I was to see June by ChinneyLove. For one, I was intrigued to see how the Single and 30  narrative would play out. I however left feeling as though I was taken on a fool’s ride.

Verdict

3 Stars 

First, a look at the trailer:

I have got a million and one grievances against this movie but top on my list is a question which I urgently need answered:

“Why do Nigerian Movie producers imply with their movies that people who pay money to sit in a cinema to watch them have no common sense”? 

Today, I am officially disappointed at some of the Industry’s production crew and to think that Desmond Elliot directed this movie makes it even worse.

Synopsis

June follows the life of single, hardworking wedding planner, who according to society is “over ripped”  (is this even a word?) for marriage, wants to get proposed to but her boyfriend is not committed neither forthcoming with a proposal. After so much pressure, tears and worry, love finds her in the most unexpected way.

The above synopsis was culled from an ad for the movie on Linda Ikejis Blog. If I had seen this synopsis before hitting the cinemas, I would have spent my money on something else. The production team could not get someone to properly write a movie synopsis! Can she just hire me next time?

The movie is themed on the ever burdensome 30, successful and single narrative which I mentioned earlier caught my attention. June (Nwanneka as her mother prefers to call her) is a 34 year old successful wedding planner who struggles to acquire society’s greatest female achievement- a wedding ring. June’s near desperate search for a forever candidate lands her in a precarious and very unrealistic situation- She falls in love with her client.

Casting

Vector

June
Vector

This is interestingly, rapper, Vector’s first movie feature and I think he was a pretty sight to watch. He is a natural charmer and he brought some of it on screen. Vector plays the Character, Dewale who falls in love with his wedding planner, June and jilts his bride on the altar to follow his heart.

Michelle Dede

June
Michelle Dede

I don’t think I have ever seen this adorable princess on screen but I heard from good sources that she is an amazing actress. She definitely did not cut my expectation short. Michelle plays the major character, June in the movie. I am crushing on her accent on the side.

Toni Tones

June
Toni Tones

The character played by Toni Tones brought my movie experience some good humor. Toni Tones plays Toke, a PHD certified Bridezilla. If and when you see the movie, do look out for Toke although she is a little too conspicuous not to notice. Her role was a bit exaggerated but I have no issue with that.

Chinyere Wilfred

June
Chinyere Wilfred

Chinyere is an amazing actress and she pulled one heck of a show. She plays the irate mother who wastes no time in reminding her daughter how incomplete and unsuccessful, even jinxed as long as she remains single. Her character tantalizes you from the trailer and I fell for it too.

Uche Jombo

June
Uche Jombo

This movie took an impeccable actress and splattered grease on her 2018 subsequent features. That’s all I can say.

Empress Njamah

June
Empress Njamah

I last saw Empress on screen in the early 2000s so I was pretty excited to see if she still had her game on. Her character, Remi was quite seamless so I wasn’t expecting a lot from start. Remi is a desperate believer in being completed by a man. A realist by society standard and a desperado by enlightened standard. The movie ends with her finally snatching the Best man.

 

Review

While the entire narrative torch lighted  the triangle of a Shiloh certified spinster – a praying mother, prophetic utterances and a union of equally single friends which in my opinion was good, the movie production was absolute hogwash. 

For one, they messed up seriously with continuity. Imagine hearing a very popular Samsung ringtone only to see the character picking up the call with an Iphone (not to forget that all the phones had the same ringtone) or let me throw this one at you, the major character wakes up from sleep with a face full of foundation. Yes!!

Hold on, this would blow your mind…In several scenes, the cast were obviously sweating but made worse by the semi last scene (wedding scene) that featured an obviously perspiring groom (Dewale) complete with white powder lines underneath his eyes. You think you have heard the worst? Brace yourself.

The obnoxious bride (Toke) from the beginning of the movie is portrayed as a Bougie minded, spoiled brat. She insists on having a N600,000 ice sculpture at her wedding and a customized Vera Wang dress. I had hoped to see her family members represent that class but I was shocked to see that the church where the wedding was shot looked  rather regular, the gbogbo ero  (crowd) that gathered for the wedding wore a mixture of Yoruba and Igbo attire and looked as though they had no clue what was going on. Remember that the couple have Yoruba names and no indication that any was half Igbo. Before the wedding scene, a woman appears at the reception which I would assume is the mother or relative of the bride and she is speaking English with an Igbo accent.

At this point, I am wondering, is Toke Igbo or Yoruba?

Oops, I saw the most chemistry deprived kiss ever. After watching that kiss between Michelle Dede and Vector, I have decided to go into acting only to show them how to kiss!

I had no idea if I was watching a Movie or If I was a guest at a Jazz hangout…

There certainly has to be a reason for the use of Soundtracks in movies but after seeing this movie, I am not sure if I get the point. The entire movie was drowned in a sea of music. While some of the soundtracks were apt, the rest just kept cutting into the dialogue and frustrating the heck out of me.

For the first time in a couple of weeks, I thank the genius that invented popcorn as a great movie companion. I don’t know how I would have reacted if I did not get a pack before entering that hall.

Drops Mic…

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