In ‘Cat and Mouse’ an unemployed actor is supported financially by his wife yet he takes it upon himself to become the town flirt. I see where the movie is headed with the philandering husband storyline and reverse psychology but unfortunately, due to a couple of factors, the movie missed the mark.
Factors like Morris Sesay. The good news is that Morris isn’t regressing as an actor, thankfully he seems to be improving. They say slow and steady wins the race, although my guy seems to be extra slow and not very steady he’s definitely keeping himself in the race.
One of the hardest questions regarding this movie would be who stood out the most?
Was it Ada Ameh whose every word was a battle with laughter. Whose comfort in the role was undeniable, and whose facial expressions were killer?
Or was it Chelsea Eze who absolutely stunned me with her control in this movie. Her ability to own the character and carry it from scene to scene. Granted there were a few seconds here and there where she seems to fall out of it, but she comes back and she delivers.
Or was it Bishop Umoh who is gradually becoming the quintessential definiton of Nollywood comedy. Every line in the ‘memorable lines’ above were from him and reading them again, remembering his expression, alone has me rolling. Bishop delivers laughs for days. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed this much in a Nollywood comedy
Or was it Belinda Effah whose appeal was surprise. I didn’t know she could act to save her life. To be honest, the other movies I had seen her in (Mrs Somebody) didn’t do her justice at all. Maybe because she was only in a couple scenes in this movie, or maybe because she was beside Chelsea? Whatever it was, Belinda did a great job in this movie and I’m extremely encouraged to go pay $5 and watch her in Kokomma now.
Matter of fact, I can’t pick one so I’ll leave it to you. One person who I was unreally unsure of my stance with was Alexx. I don’t think he’s a fantastic actor but I definitely think he’s gradually honing his skills. He wasn’t as bad in this movie, as he was in earlier movies, and he’s definitely still not as bad as Morris. But there’s is room for improvement still… plenty plenty room.
There were really not many faults I can attribute to this movie cause most were caused by Iroko Tv (i.e audio and video). But one thing that stood out, asides from the weak soundtrack, was a misplaced scene (Editor!). In a prior scene, Chelsea is having lunch with Alexx and mentions her husband and they gradually pass over the conversation and suddenly two or three scenes later she’s telling him she’s married and he’s sounding all shocked. Short term memory loss, hun?