Director: Tosin Igho
Producer: Hauwa Allahbura
Cast: Beverly Naya, Meg Otanwa, Adelolu Adefarasin, Ronke Oshodi & Hauwa Allahbura
Nollywood is not about to stop raining on you with “Wedding movies”. This year alone, “June”, “Mummy Dearest” and very soon “Just before I say I Do”, will remind you of the unending inspiration that comes to filmmakers to create these similar narratives. While the wedding culture in Nigeria is an obsessive one, the reliance on wedding films to keep the cinema culture moving is worrisome.
The Eve is currently showing at the cinemas and is the latest in line to feature a pre-wedding theme. The Eve follows a young couple, Funsho (Adelolu Adefarasin) and Yewande (Beverly Naya) who have shockingly varying personalities and are set to get married in a few days. Just before the wedding, Funsho and his three childhood friends set out to treat the groom to one blissful getaway and a Bachelor’s eve. Things quickly go south and the events and revelations that unfold ultimately raise more questions than answers for the couple.”
In terms of storytelling, “The Eve” does not do anything overtly exciting but it banks on good looking actors to tell us a story that we have seen many times. It is also a deliberate ploy to sell comedy, which sometimes feels exaggerated. While its reliance on comedy is not too much, “The Eve” does many similar things we are used to seeing on love/wedding narratives.
Mr. Ibu (John Okafor) plays Funso’s uncle who tries to crash the young people’s gathering. Adding the actor to the list of actors in this film looks strange but it is a strategy to make the audience laugh and to reinvent scenes to sustain the movie.
Beverly Naya is the star actress of the feature and gives the viewer many reasons to see this. In one of his fist leading roles effort, under Agency 106, Adelolu Adefarasin is lukewarm and does not meet up the effort of the other male characters. However, he shows potential.
“The Eve” earns a 6/10