Akhigbe Ilozobhie’s directorial debut, Elevator Baby opened in Nigerian cinemas about two weekends ago. The dramedy is highly entertaining, forgivably melodramatic and nothing like most recent releases in this category. As always, new mom, Toyin Abraham delivers a stunning performance as Abigail, a pregnant illiterate stuck in an elevator with a rich, spoilt brat, Damilare played by Timini Egbuson.
Elevator Baby is pretty much a story that attempts to humanize rich and entitled kids. Sometimes, they are nasty to people because they have had a terrible experience. For Damilare, the loss of his father is to blame. Damilare’s indulgent mom, played by Shaffy Bello withdraws all financial aid in a bid to straighten him up. Rather than seek to make peace with her and his step father, Damilare sets out to get a job.
Toyin, on the other hand, plays Abigail, a former domestic staff of a company executive who falls pregnant for her boss’s husband. Fate plays a fast one on her when her labor unexpectedly begins while stuck in an elevator with Damilare.
The huge responsibility of helping Abigail birth her baby forces Damilare to find the much needed home training.
Toyin’s performance was the highlight of the movie. It was as though the lights came on when she walked into the office, introducing herself as “Abigail”.
She maintains the high note from then on till the movie’s final scenes. As a rich kid, Timini also carries on brilliantly.
Another striking feature of Elevator Baby is the visual effects. Effects were a huge part of ensuring the story came alive and it was impressive how nearly believable it was.
It’s commendable what Niyi Akinmolayan (Executive Producer) and Akhigbe did with the Elevator Baby story. As always, Niyi’s stories never come without plot twists. Elevator Baby isn’t left out.
Some scenes cost the movie its 100 percent. For starters, the flashback scene where the sonogram reveals she’s expecting a girl. Since this scene was supposed to be when she was 4 months, clearly still being taken care of by her baby’s father, one would expect that she wouldn’t be wearing the same cropped and untidy hair. Also, makeup wouldn’t have been a bad idea. Anything to effectively depict the difference in time.
Childbirth is a bloody business. I wonder how Damilare managed that with whatever that was on his shirt as seen in the ambulance scene.
However, Elevator Baby’s imperfections are forgivable standing side by side by the movie’s wins.