Xplore Review’s Tolu ‘Lord’ Tanner – Couple of Days

Director- Tolu ‘Lord’ Tanner

Writer- Tolu ‘Lord’ Tanner

Producer- Tolu ‘Lord’ Tanner

Cast- Enyinna Nwigwe, Lilian Esoro, Adesua Etomi, Ademola Adedoyin, Kiki Omeili and Okey Uzoeshi

Time- 2hrs

Year-2016

Genre– Romantic Comedy

Swear let this water swallow you… Jude

A Scene from the movie 'Couple of Days'

A Scene from the movie ‘Couple of Days’

Walking into the cinema hall felt like the whole Surulere was here to see the movie ‘Couple of Days’. The 120 capacity cinema hall was filled, though not to the brim.

Couple of Days tells the story of Lanre,Joke, Cythia, Jude, Nina and Okey (can’t remember his character name) three young couples who go on a getaway in Ibadan only to be faced with different intricacies of married life.

My first thought of the name and my mind went to the American movie “Couples Retreat” so I was watching to see if any similarities would jump out at me and I was glad that I was put to shame. Casting, was well thought out as the acts  seemed to settle into their roles. Kiki playing a Yoruba girl was applaudable since the whole aim of acting is to be someone else. It was lovely to see Demola again, this is the first movie I have seen him since October 1, it’s just that it wasn’t that impressive. Eyinna’s accent seem to take over at some point in his character, Okey had the coolest lines, while Adesua and Lilian just moved the movie along.

Cinematography, production quality, and editing was crisp, smooth and clean. Picture quality was clean, the ariel shots angles were  simply breath-taking, our country from the sky, one word awesome. There seemed to be an ongoing partnership with Agoki, as there was a whole scene dedicated to the place. Never being there before and there’s a high possibility that I would cause of this movie. Ibadan as location choice was a fantastic option especially for the scenery.

Costumes fitted the acts roles, nothing overly done. Makeup seemed a lot though especially on Kiki  and Lilian characters, who can forget the weeping scene when Lilian’s makeup smeared the white couch, I felt for the couch though.

As it relates to the script, there was an anticipation which was dashed and I was all the happier that it wasn’t what I was expecting. But as the movie progressed I just wanted them to get to the end. Why, because I was getting tired and it wasn’t holding my attention. It ended up like our  usual Nollywood drama (it was a RomCom oh), confess our issues,  cry or wail more like it and then take it to God.

Couple of Days, struck a disappointing nerve for me especially since it was my first movie for 2016 and earns a 4.5/10 from Xplore.

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