***THIS MOVIE WAS RE-REVIEWED AND RE-PUBLISHED ON 01/13/14***
There is no time a female is more versed in the sayings of the scripture than during that phase in which she seeks a groom. At least, such is the case for most Nigerian females.
Mrs. Somebody’s success arises from the fact that the story is one that most Nigerian ladies are much too familiar with. It’s appeal for the hopeless romantic, such as myself, is in how unabated and shamelessly it sticks to the original romance formula. For this it might lose originality or predictability points but for some of us, we like our romances just the way they were ‘originally’.
Mrs. Somebody tells the story of a spinster whose biological clock seems to be ticking faster than she’d like. She resorts to prayers, malicious pastors and even buying a wedding gown sans a ring all in the name of ‘faith’. The wannabe Mrs. Somebody is played by Uche Jombo who is no holds barred the ready-to-be ‘wifey’ in this movie. Uche’s energy is undeniable and hilarious. In the first half, she expends so much energy in her fight to get a man that towards the end you’re praying for things to work out between her and her potential suitor because at this point even the viewer is tired on her behalf.
Bobby Obodo plays the knight in shining armor of this tale. And I won’t lie, even after seeing this movie twice I still retain that his initial impression with the accent et al is very discouraging. However, as the movie goes on the character definitely wins you over. Bobby has more than one moments of weakness in his performance. It did lack the seriousness that is required to make the audience fall in love; however, it’s difficult to fault him as the playfulness of the character is very endearing.
There are a couple problems with the production of the movie from the poor lighting in a couple of the initial scenes to the persistent background noises and the failure of a baby bump that really looked like an over distended muffin-top. There was also the misplaced living room scene where Uche’s character and her friends are reminiscing a shopping event that really only happens 3-4 scenes later.
Most annoying of them all, however, are the terrible performances by the ladies that play Uche’s character’s friends – all exempting Tamara Eteimo. Tamara is nothing short of pure gold in front of the camera and every move she makes is so effortless one cannot deny that she was born to act.
The flash of originality in the movie came from the Kenneth-Bellinda sequence. I shan’t ruin it for those who haven’t seen it but it was definitely not something I saw coming.
It has its flaws – quite a handful of them – but if you look past them you’ll find that Mrs. Somebody is an easily enjoyable romantic comedy.