Flower Girl is a movie from award winning director Michelle Bello. Nominated 5 times in the just concluded AMVCAs, here is a short review of the movie.
Director Michelle Bello's movie Flower Girl is worth a watch. It was nominated 5 times in the just concluded AMVCA award." Love is a funny thing" says Michelle Bello's movie. The major character Kemi Williams played by former Tinsel star Damilola Adegbite is a florist and a joyful, playful character.
The film starts off on a familiar note, a young lady’s fantasy of a full blown Naija wedding with all the works played out. Luckily for her, she has the most important ingredient for her dream to come true, a man and not just any man but her long-term boyfriend Umar (Chris Attoh), who for all intents and purposes is a boring character in the movie.The only problem is that he wants to advance higher on the career ladder before settling down. With a promotion in the office, Kemi readies herself for the ultimate proposal but instead she gets a shocker – a public break up. Her world literally crashes down around her. But once she recovers, she sets out to get him back at all costs and basically that is what the film is all about.
The film scores high in beautiful cinematography and gives viewers a visual treat of today’s Lagos. Impressive are the shots showing a different and tranquil side of the city such as the silhouette of a palm tree against the bright sunset.
Flower Girl blends romance and comedy very well. It has lots of funny scenes like when Sapphire played by Eku Edewor of 53 extra engages in a cat fight with Kemi at the airport and then all the phone (foreign accent) gives way to real Naija expletives with phrases like "Your father" and Eku talking about who she is in her "area". Then there is Kemi’s eccentric best friend Stella (Bikiya Graham Douglas) who brings out the fun factor throughout. And finally the casting of Chuks Chukwujekwu who plays Nollwood actor Tunde Kulani is spot on. What is romance without a handsome and smooth talking hunk?
The film’s success is marred by the poor optimisation of sound and a narrow musical selection. Chuddy K’s Go Gaga seemed to be the song of the movie and in a club scene, it played about three times!
Despite it's flaws, it is still a must watch.