Isoken is a brilliantly crafted movie that even guys can appreciate and enjoy.
The movie was directed, produced and written by first-timer Jade Osiberu. If you haven't watched the movie please stop here, spoiler alert below.
Isoken is about the 35-year-old title character, played by Dakore Akande. The intense pressure to marry from her mum (Tina Mba) more or less forces Isoken to get engaged to the perfect man.
The only problem is that Osaze (Joseph Benjamin) is perfect but not perfect for Isoken. The movie is a romantic comedy that hops on the trendy conversation of marital pressure.
To be honest, Isoken delivers as a romantic comedy. It doesn't pretend to be anything bigger. The movie is a neatly structured film from new school Nollywood.
The movie is obviously a female-driven narrative on marriage and relationships. There is nothing wrong with that. Women need to tell more of their stories on the big screen.
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As a guy, some parts of the movie stood out to me more than others. In the waxing salon, Lydia Forson's character told the girls that double dating isn't bad as long as you are not sleeping with both men.
Since the beginning of time, women have not been fans of men who double date. In contemporary lingo, these men are called 'scum'. If Isoken is anything to go by, the narrative has changed and women are now cool with double dating. Apart from having the main guy, having a spare guy on the side is not a bad idea. You can never be too sure about love and relationships.
Another stand out part for me was when Isoken and her oyinbo boyfriend were going out on dates. This foreign bloke took ajebutter Isoken on Keke Marwa ride. They had a down to earth relationship, very woke. On the flip side, her relationship with Osaze was flashy and glamorous.
In this Lagos that we are in, a warm blooded Naija babe would go for Osaze. Money and security should be more deciding factors than chemistry. I stand to be corrected though. If Isoken's oyinbo bae was Nigerian, she wouldn't have given him the time of day.
Lastly, Isoken shut down her society wedding before she got married. This is fine, hey if you are not feeling sparks before you get married it is best you call it off. Society should also answer that men also feel this way too. A lot of men marry because they think it is what they should do and not because of love. Some men have the guts to call off a long term relationship because they are not happy. The society should not vilify men who do this. Anyone should be allowed to change their mind at any time.
Isoken is a brilliantly crafted movie that highlights the unrealistic pressure placed on women to marry anyone. Both men and women can take lessons from this nice flick.
Isoken is currently in cinemas.