Director: Desmond Elliot
Writer: Beth Rogers
Cast: Desmond Elliot, Bolanle Ninalowo, Mary Njoku, Alex Ekubo, Abiola Williams, Adunni Ade, Fehintola Olulana
Runtime: 1 hour 42 minutes
Genre: Romance, Suspense
Baby Shower is one film I’m glad I watched. I was completely immersed in it for the entire duration. It started off with Funmi (Mary Njoku) and her over anticipated baby shower. She’s married to Jerry (Bola Ninalowo) – a near-perfect husband, and this was their first child on the way. Well, the baby shower ended up working like therapy for each attendee, from Alex Ekubo (Jerry’s best friend) to Aduni Ade (Jerry’s secret baby mama).
I loved both the background sound (by Izuchukwu Anozie) and scenery when Arinze (Desmond Elliot playing an uncle) and Funmi opened their hearts out on the deck by a lapping sea shore. The performance there was from the belly out… Deep. Mary Njoku (Walking Away, Husbands of Lagos) tore up the scene first with screams and tears of bitter disappointment. Desmond Elliot (Kamaras Tree) went next and showed who started first in this industry. They both deserve an award for ‘best actors in a spellbinding scene’ or something like that.
My second-best scene was when Desmond Elliot dragged Fehintola Olulana (playing Dorothy his wife) upstairs over her over-exposure, only for him to receive the most rabid form of tongue lashing I’ve ever seen or heard. I liked her movement into his space, in his face, really close up. The camera angles by Austin Nwaolie and Paul Abel Papel (coming over from The Wedding) were a pleasure, like one where Maria (Abiola Williams), Tolu (Lilian Afeigbai) and Wunmi (Genny Uzoma) were checking out a transformed Dorothy.
Costumes (by Emm Dream Productions) killed it on Desmond Elliot, but much more on Fehintola Olulana after her said transformation. This story was written by Beth Rogers (Burning Bridges), but I don’t understand this type of baby shower where the unwanted guests couldn’t be ordered out immediately. For instance, uncle Arinze’s eye-catching Imaobong (Yetunde Gold) should have long been given a taxi fare if Funmi (Mary Njoku) wasn’t comfortable with having her around.
Later that night, I don’t think anyone said a more sincere prayer than Abiola Williams before the feast began. And also, the lighting at the waterfront-dinner was perfect, as clear as six in the evening. Baby Shower is a fusion of unbridled jealousy and stinging infidelity, laced with enough comedy and quick life lessons to deserve an award. Directed by Desmond Elliot, this movie takes a full 10/10. Solid as a bone.
Catch a skit from behind the scenes below.