WIVES ON STRIKE – THE REVOLUTION MOVIE REVIEW by ONUORA ONIANWA
DIRECTOR: Omoni Oboli
PRODUCER: Omoni Oboli
WRITER: Omoni Oboli
DURATION: 1 hour 33 Minutes
Wives on Strike: The Revolution is the sequel to Wives on Strike. The story is essentially based on the evils of domestic violence and the ways in which many people either ignore and/or justify it and the need for society as a whole to recognize it for the evil that it is and kick against it (Watch the trailer for the movie). A woman is found dead on the road in the early hours of the morning and no one knows why until much later. While some parts of the movie are a bit over the top, it does still stay true to this message and is consistent with it.
There were a few things however that I had issues with. Certain scenes seemed rushed and not well put together, giving the impression that they were either cut short or simply not given enough time and attention to fully develop into something stronger than the audience could relate to. An example would be Chioma Chukwuka-Akpotha’s marital woes where she is unable to conceive and yet her husband had a child outside of their marriage for two years. We are never even told the child’s name nor do we have any clue about the circumstances of the birth. Having the audience thrust into the scene was not really ideal and it was never developed beyond that point.
Another example would be the scene where there is some filming and interview going on with the main characters in the film and in the larger group of market women. While we know what they are doing there and the endgame, continuity matters a lot in a story – telling and this movie does not carry the audience along properly in some scenes.
The comedy is not always fantastic as one would expect, given the rich cast in this movie but still, I personally would not complain. The times the lines were spot on were enough for me so I give it a pass on that front. The comedic talents of Sola Sobowale, Uche Jumbo, Julius Agu, Odunlade Adekola and Toyin Aimakhu to name a few were really good and added to the flavor of the film. Toyin Aimakhu’s problems with English and eating without pay are hilarious and even when they are abroad for their conference, she continues in typical style.
Chioma Omeruah shines once again in a role she takes on so well as a woman who suffers from abuse and battery from her husband. It would have been great if he was also arrested and warned but I suppose the idea was to show that women can fight back. The danger there is it could lead to death for one or both of the spouses. The better option is to get out of that kind of environment and seek ways to sort through the mess or end the marriage. Repaying violence with violence can be very dangerous. Especially if children are involved.
We see Julius play devil’s advocate quite convincingly as the typical male who tries to justify domestic violence as being either the woman’s fault because of her abusive and confrontational nature or as a result of spiritual issues the man experiences. Kenneth Okonkwo and his friends are able to make him see he is wrong, which is really a good thing as this is very common in society today.
Another positive spin in the movie is the way it is properly addressed that domestic violence is not gender based, as some women are capable of such acts themselves and women in the association at the market are spoken to about her failings in that regard.
Wives on strike: the revolution gives a lot of positive vibes and messages to it. We see the need for women to think more of themselves and not continue to endure abuse. We are also shown the need for husbands to support their wives and help them grow, encouraging them to stand up for their rights and that of others. We are also shown how positive movement can move organizations and governments to take action.
Another great thing about the movie is the fact that the perpetrator is not allowed to go free. I have some issues with some of the scenes where he is held captive and its progression, I still understand what was being done there. I do think though that sometimes the overlap of English and pidgin in the movie is not so good and some actors struggle at times to make the switch not just in that scene but some others as well.
All in all, I’d say that the revolution was not a bad movie as a whole and I rate it a 3 out of 5. I look forward to better work from Omoni Oboli.