If you haven’t made a date at the cinemas to see The Eve, for the love of catching up with its studded new generation cast, ensure you fix a date and keep it!
Finding the right genre to categorize The Eve was one hell of a task. For one, the movie experimented a lot with the musical genre (refreshing but inconsistent) as well as comedy. Just in case you have your disagreements, address most of them to the scriptwriters.
The movie tells the amusing tale of Funsho Oni (Adeolu Adefarasin) who is set to marry the ridiculously overbearing Yetunde (Beverly Naya), his long time beau.
The entire movie is set a few days to the wedding which ultimately does not hold as Funsho falls in love with Alero (Meg Otanwa) during his bachelor’s getaway party set on an island. The conflict proceeds from there with Alero mistaking Funsho for Audu (Kunle Remi)- a mischievous attempt by Tosan ( Mawuli Gavor) to get his friend laid before he gets entrapped by Yetunde.
As the movie progresses, we (audience) discover that Tosan has gotten in the sheets with the soon to be Mrs Funsho, a secret disclosed only to Ebere (Efa Iwara), Audu is gay and Tosan despite all the muscles rippling with sexiness, is an INDOMIE guy! The soon to hold union crumbles when Yetunde catches her man getting nearly laid whilst on a Skype call and Ebere drunkenly reveals that Tosan had once hit the cookie of the bride to be.
The movie ends on a happy note as one year later, Funsho and Alero reunite at a coffee shop, get married and live happily ever after. How romantic right?
The movie stars; John Okafor, Ronke Oshodi, Beverly Naya, Adeolu Adefarasin, Meg Otanwa, Kunle Remi, Toni Tones, Mawuli Gavor, Efa Iwara among others. The Eve is produced by Hauwa Allahbura and directed by Tosin Igho.
The Eve tries to employ the typical Hollywood classical romance complete with an all too familiar (almost cliche) conflict. Its successful infusion of Nigerian wedding drama using characters like Uncle Festus (John Okafor) and Aunty Beatrice (Ronke Oshodi) could have done well for the movie’s originality but sadly, it is downplayed to the extent of irrelevance.
Still on the story, the conflict was largely unrealistic and the characters sometimes interpreted their roles either too mechanically or had a problem with exaggeration. Taking Efa Iwara’s character for instance, it was one hell of a job trying to rate his expressions, lines and body movement.
His character, Ebere has a speech problem so it seemed out of place for someone with a speech problem to be the most careless speaker. Also unrealistic for a guy drunken or not to break the proverbial “Guys Code”. The scriptwriters should have explored a more careless action than the “drunken snitch”.
Have you read my review of Chinney Love’s June? The character played by Toni Tones is brought back to the cinemas through the character, Yetunde. There is no questioning how much of an amazing actress, Beverly Naya is but the demands on Yetunde ended up creating a fuzzy character. We don’t know if she is a dedicated Christian or a Child of the World. If she is a spoilt brat or an over protective woman who is madly in love with her man.
Interestingly, the movie lends a subtle voice to the LGBT movement using the character, Audu. Audu opens up about his sexuality and reveals that he moved to Europe just so he could live his life and choices freely.
Once again, the Hollywood breeze blows through the script- handsome, sexily masculine male ( quick favorite largely for his calm and level headed features) who abruptly reveals his sexuality half way into the movie. For a largely (publicly) homophobic market, that twist in the story was a unwelcome development.
The dialogues were sometimes too prolonged and because the audio quality was terribly frustrating, it made for a hard time paying attention or even enjoying some of the witty dialogues. Focusing on the audio for a bit, considering that they decided to weave MUSIC into the plot (exciting to say the least), a lot more attention should have been paid to syncing the dialogue with the music. The only musical scene that did a little above board was the last scene. The acapella styled songs were dope though.
On the bright side…
The Eve did well with makeup and costuming. The movie production team cut no costs with the costuming. The location was also impressive. The use of the beach house added a lot of spice to the production. Kudos to the cinematographers, there are no arguments, the picture quality of the movie was amazing!
The Eve is an OK movie with a Poorly imitated Hollywood styled story which leaves a gaping hole of originality.