#BounceMovieReview:''My Wife And I'' Is The Perfect Remedy For Broken Love
When you walk in the shoes of the one you love, there is a tendency to appreciate them better.
I personally think that should be a recommendation for troubled relationships - it could save marriages.
In trying out something new in Nollywood, "My Wife And I" is a body-swap film that shows the importance of love, family and working together.
Directed by Bunmi Ajakaiye and written by Chinaza Onuzo, the movie tells the story of Toyosi (Ramsey Nouah) and Ebere (Omoni Oboli), an out of love couple who fight over everything and are faced with divorce.
But in their 17 years of marriage, they have not always been hostile to each other until Toyosi makes decisions that begin the split in their union.
In typical Nollywood style, Ebere’s super mum (Ngozi Nwosu) believes that their marriage problems are spiritual so she ‘hooks them up’ with a man of God played by Seyi Law.
After the man of God prays for them, they wake up in each other’s bodies and are unable to switch back.
In the course of the body switch, they struggle to live each other’s daily lives, learn about each other’s insecurities and consequently find the spark that once existed in their marriage, with Seyi Law providing some pointers along the way.
Everything about body swaps is awkward, but the movie’s portrayal of this is believable.
From the way Ramsey Nouah and Omoni Oboli react when they discover that they are in each other’s bodies, to the way each of them acts as a man in a woman’s body and vice versa, the movie strikes the right response from the audience.
Though the movie's outcome is predictable as is the case with movies of a smiliar theme, it is the road to arrive at the destination that keeps the attention of the viewers.
There is, for example, the strange sex scene between the husband and wife, with Ebere (in Toyosi's body) trying to understand the sexual responses of her husband and Toyosi (in Ebere’s body) comprehending the dynamics of the female sexual reproductive system.
It is also hilarious watching Toyosi (in Ebere’s body) adjusting to his new body.
From learning to walk in high heels and realising that the male toilet will no longer be welcome to him in his new female appearance, Omoni Oboli is convincing as a man stuck in a female body.
Ramsey Nouah equally hold his own as woman stuck in a man's body, and has the audience laughing with his well-executed catwalk.
Backed by appropriate sound tracks for each scene and crisp cinematography (Nigerian film makers don dey sabi work) "My Wife and I" is well scripted and directed.
It however fails to take advantage of some important things.
The movie fails to develop some of the major characters, including Ngozi Nwosu, who employs her popular comedic skills in her role as Ebere's mum.
Also, the farm manager (played by the beautiful Dorcas Shola Fapson), whose role was as a 'sounding board' for the couple, really did nothing for the story. Even Sambasa Nzeribe who plays Ebere’s brother could have been given more to do.
On the whole, "My Wife and I" uses its playfulness and make-belief to help us examine and value our love relationships, while providing an innovative way of telling us that every troubled romance needs a swapping makeover.
The film gets 4 stars out of 5 from us.