Knocking on Heaven's Door

Review of Emem Isong's star studded movie 'Knocking on Heaven's Door'.

Debby (Adesua Etomi) is a successful gospel artiste, but is married to a dysfunctional man, who not only competes with her; but also abuses her physically.  Her husband, Moses (Blosson Chukwujekwu), pushes her to the wall and things go awry.

Many people are trapped in horrible marriages, refusing to quit for what people will say though they have seen fellow human beings lose their lives in such unions.  This film presents the horror faced by many women, who fail to open up because they are deafened by love or do not want to become a laughing stock.

Ironically, they may be forced to confide in the wrong people like Debby, who finds comfort in Tom (Majid Michel) instead of speaking with her pastor’s wife who calls her to make sure all is well after she notices that that something is wrong.

There’s a statement, which Debbie makes that sounds like good poetry.  She says, ‘I fear I’ll go to bed alive one day and wake up dead.’  Exciting.

In the opening credit of the film, the title is written as ‘Knocking on Heavens Door’.  Debby says, ‘I download a truckloads of recipes …’ (truckload, not truckloads).

How could a man, who is fast asleep, still have a cup and its contents in place?  No way!

One had expected Knocking on Heaven’s Door to offer a fresh point-of-view to the ever increasing number of films on domestic violence, but the film fails in this regard.

It would have been good, for instance, to know the groom’s background or why he covets someone he cannot take care of.

The other characters (Brenda, Dr. Wunmi, etc.) do not have lives of their own and are very easy to forget shortly after the film ends.

It would have been intriguing to see what their own stories looked like when such stories are disconnected from the lives of Debby and Moses, though they (Brenda, Dr. Wunmi and co.) are supporting personalities.

The flick’s dialogue is mundane for a dialogue-driven story like that.  It sounds like everyday speech.  Screenwriters ought to know that well written dialogue engages the audience in different ways.

People laugh, hiss, sigh, cry, chuckle, murmur, nod/shake their heads and express themselves in a lot of other ways when there is some empathy in the dialogue of a film they watch.  Above all, words, phrases, clauses or whole sentences could become the parlance if well articulated and uttered.

Reviewed by Amarachukwu Iwuala.


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