Odunlade Adekola’s ”The Vendor” was filled with exaggerated comedy

The Vendor Movie Review

Long Forced Dialogues was What we Got in Place of the Comedy we Hoped for

This is a movie by Odunlade Adekola, that tells the story of Gbadebo Godwin, popularly known as Vendor because of his job as a newspaper vendor. He constantly looks for opportunities to elevate his status because he regards being a newspaper salesman as a lowly profession. One day his luck suddenly changes when one of his customers needs his assistance and he steps up and becomes her driver. Things began to change for him after that up until the point his biological father steps up to claim and acknowledge him his life was never the same again.

The movie stars, Odunlade Adekola, Adunni Ade, Jude Kosoko, Babatunde Aderinoye, Eniola Ajao, Ireti, Osayemi, Kayode Oladehinde, Makin Amusan and Tunde Bernard.

The Vendor Movie Review

For a movie meant to be a comedy, I must say it did not make me laugh. From the very first scene, I realized that it was filled with exaggerated comedy and when comedy is forced, it is no longer funny. Going through the movie as well, that was basically how the movie went, forced comedy with very little story. The effort put into attempting to make the movie funny, ended up making us lose the story with scenes being dragged and prolonged unnecessarily. Most of the actors seemed to be overacting as well and it didn’t flow well.

The proper construction of dialogues also seemed absent and it was almost as if they were just going with the flow with no proper scripting. The sentence construction and grammatical blunders from some of the actors also went a long way in making the audience almost hide their heads in shame, one character excelled in that particular regard, Madam’s best friend. Even the conversation with his supposed long-lost father lost its substance and didn’t evoke any emotion in me because of how much it dragged with repetition of dialogue with forced comedic innuendos.

The flashback that was supposed to reflect so many years ago was acted by the same Odunlade as he was in the present day, a full-grown man, and it left us wondering, if he was already this old when he was left with the Grandma for upkeep, then he should not have been as uneducated as he was or as pained.

Of course, there were a number of instances that should have been genuinely funny in the movie but because of the exaggerations and forced humor, they turned out as wasted opportunities. There were also a number of scenes that were completely irrelevant. Why we had someone come to report suspicious activity at the police station, was completely irrelevant to the overall plot, and the interrogation scene after the arrest of the kidnappers, even more irrelevant, yet we had to endure them.

The sound and picture quality of the movie was ok and I liked the choice of the sets used. I actually enjoyed the driving scenes though I felt there were a number of them that could have been done with less or no dialogue at all. We don’t necessarily need to know every single thought that comes to a character’s head, that is why we are watching, we should see things through expressions and other things as well.

The way the movie ended was wow, a proposal out of nowhere. I don’t know how that works, no dating, no courtship, just marriage proposal straight. The movie had a storyline that could have been better explored, but as it is now, it was not an enjoyable movie to watch.


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