It was simply amazing. This is the genuine answer to the question, “how was the movie?”. However, if we need to make a good review, we would need more than “simply amazing”. Let’s get into it.
From the start, you would obviously see the lead character, Aiye, as someone moving around with the weight of the world on her shoulders. A young mother trying to find her way through life.
After saving for months to write a life-changing culinary exam, it is unfortunately cut short. Time to rant.
What kind of family is that? First they totally forget that she had an exam. She had to literally remind her younger sister to wish her good luck. Now, this sister who knew that she was having an examination within this period decides to call her about an emergency. What?
When they say put your phone on silent mode, maybe listen. How about running out after seeing the emergency text? One question, “are you the doctor?”
These things already gave me an idea of the kind of family this girl was from. Nobody ever empathised with her on the sacrifice she made. It’s always them, them, them. When she finally gets another chance, they still don’t care. Then, at the moment she gets to move forward, they strike again. How selfish!
From the get-go, the trauma caused by years of physical and emotional abuse was evident. The timid nature, unwillingness to express herself for fear of being in that vulnerable state again. We saw further evidence with her recurring dreams; standing in front of a large crowd, and being unable to find her voice. Evidence of a child that had been abused and silenced for too long. This is a clear representation of what we see in our society.
The dynamics between Aiye and Obinna was real. Here’s a guy who had a recently broken relationship forgetting why he was heartbroken in the first place. He fell in love with her food first, then her. A relationship where a partner is willing to pull all available strings to make the other achieve their dreams.
There’s also Aiye who is clearly infatuated, but unable to let herself be loved. She had been made to believe that nobody cared about her. This was a baggage she carried with her. There was also the societal issue with single mothers. Single female parents are made to believe that their value is decreased. A factor which is absent in the case of the opposite gender.
(SPOILER) They jump through the hurdles and end up together.
What happens when a parent’s shame is projected unto the child? Aiye’s mother got her out of wedlock. She finally marries a man who chose to love the child, Aiye, as his own. Sadly, the mother never got over her trauma. It was a case of generational handover of abuse (sure there’s a term there).
Her mother experienced abuse from her parents after being pregnant. She didn’t like it, but transfered the abuse to the child. She would use words like “disgrace, worthless, unlovable”, on this child. When it seemed like history would repeat itself, she casts the child away without any means to survival.
Personally, I would’ve preferred to see how the protagonist, Aiye, achieved her dream than a wedding. Did it really take a mother finding out about her daughter being raped to change her ways. I was left hanging emotionally. However, the intimate vows in the end got me. I love how Obinna was also willing to accept Aiye’s child, Joseph, as his own. In all, it was a good resolution.
Perfect is all I have to say. All characters were perfectly executed. It was believable. I enjoyed the chemistry between both protagonists. I also commend the team for their attention to certain details when it came to the issue of “trauma caused by physical and emotional abuse”.
It was worth my time and data (Netflix geng). The message was clearly interpreted and recieved.
Picture Quality: 70%
Story: 99% (yea! I like this one)
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