By Jibril Sado
A good thing, it is said, cannot possibly remain hidden or in obscurity forever. In the case of Nollywood actress Nse Ikpe-Etim, this could hardly be truer. Her thespian star continues to grow in such a way that one can no longer ignore her acting prowess or discuss her honestly as a side dish in Nollywood. Mr. & Mrs., one of her more recent movies certainly makes a good case for her in this regard.
Mr. & Mrs. is a romantic drama featuring Nse as Mrs. Kenneth Abah and Benjamin Joseph as her irreverent husband. The movie tells the story of a much-maltreated young woman who decides to repair her lopsided marital relationship with her domineering, class-obsessed husband by seizing a lifeline inadvertently thrown her way by the husband and his overbearing mother. Susan, a drycleaner’s daughter (well, to the Abahs he is a washman but Susan insists he be called drycleaner) meets and falls in love with Kenneth, the son of a politician and they eventually get married. As Ken’s father’s political fortunes improve, Ken convinces Susan to become a fulltime housewife since, courtesy his getting more oil blocks, Ken now makes “enough money to take care of a community”.
Things, however, turn sour as Ken begins to treat Susan with disdain. He even cheats on her blatantly and torments her verbally, reminding her of her “wretched” background. Once, following a quarrel, he tells her she can leave the marriage if she feels uncomfortable with the state of affairs. His mother (played by Barbara Soky) also encourages him to divorce the “ingrate”. Emotionally-drained, Susan consults a counsellor, Mrs. Brown, a psychologist-cum-lawyer. Subsequently, what Ken initially planned as a mere threat to make Susan meeker and more sober quickly grows beyond his control. To the surprise of mother and son, Susan insists she also wants out of the marriage, this coming at a time when Ken’s father is vying for governorship. So, while Ken’s mother wants a divorce, she also craves assurance that no resultant scandal would affect her husband’s chances at the polls. She thus proposes a compromise in which, although the couple would be officially divorced, they must remain in Ken’s house and pretend to still be married until after the election. Susan gleefully accedes, but Ken, taken aback by her enthusiastic accord, hesitates until his mum and Mrs. Brown cajole him. Under the arrangement, Mrs. Brown grants the couple confidential divorce and they are to live in separate wings of the same house with not the slightest obligation to each other.
Maybe it's me but the movie was just "eeh" TO ME
Nse's performance was superb tho.
Kala, I 10q O! I thought it was good I don't see the hoopla at all. Now y'all want a good movie, check out
My first wife 1 and 2 (part one of the movie)Iyke and Dominic
I quit 1 and 2 (2nd part of the movie)
NOW THAT is a movie!!! Superb!!!
I reviewed this movie when it came out last year, can't seem to find my review...anyway I just remember that it had a number of repetitive scenes trying to show the audience how bad the husband and mom inlaw was to her. All these praises being heaped on this movie made me go dig for it again...I'm about to skim through it again...maybe i missed something...It was a breath of fresh air!
kala, i 10q o! I thought it was good i don't see the hoopla at all. Now y'all want a good movie, check out
my first wife 1 and 2 (part one of the movie)iyke and dominic
i quit 1 and 2 (2nd part of the movie)
now that is a movie!!! Superb!!!
Really didn't think the movie was fantastic. Quite drawn out in parts, and I feel like a lot of the stuff was fake, most especially after they'd gotten the divorce...it became quite contrived. Also I think Nse overacts sometimes; she does this weird facial thing that irks me. I also really dislike how these movies like to portray career women as the ones who end up losing out and then the glorified maids (wives) as the ones who fare better...total bollocks.
I reviewed this movie when it came out last year, can't seem to find my review...anyway I just remember that it had a number of repetitive scenes trying to show the audience how bad the husband and mom inlaw was to her. All these praises being heaped on this movie made me go dig for it again...I'm about to skim through it again...maybe i missed something...
..and what was the deal with the children which both couples claimed they had? Children that we never saw any sign of..even schoolbag for ground or something. I know the main couple claimed that their children were out of the country with their grandfather(who is supposedly campaigning for reelection) but the director for include some scenes where they are talking on the phone with the kids, this could help reduce some other redundant scenes.