MADE IN HEAVEN MOVIE REVIEW
By Morris Abdul Newton
Dir: Toka Mcbaror
Starring: Blossom Chukwujekwu, Nancy Isime, Uche Nwaefuna, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Jide Kosoko, Toyin Abraham, AY Makun, Lasisi Elenu, Chinonso Young.
Timid and geeky Richard discovers his more outgoing girlfriend is cheating on him with his ‘friend’ and angrily leaves the club they were together. He stumbles into Angela who has just angrily left her annoying boyfriend too. The two hit it off and soon part ways. Coincidentally they pass away on that same night and find themselves in the queue to the Gate of Judgment. Angela is told that she has to go back to earth as it’s not yet her time. Seeing this, Richard eludes his Guardian Angel, finds a loop to escape back to earth despite warnings from his Guardian Angel. His guardian Angel is then sent to get him back but succumbs to his pleas and quest for true love under an oath of a make a break quest to convince Angela to fall in love with him within seven days. The demons are also sent after him to ensure he doesn’t get the girl. His failure to win the girl’s love over will condemn his soul.
Simply put; a Guardian Angel reluctantly battles with demons to ensure that her human is safe to finish the task he has taken upon himself otherwise he loses his soul. Sounds interesting? Probably. The issue for me is that the entire premise is built on something flimsy and that’s exactly what the entire movie turned out to be.
I didn’t personally find Made in Heaven’s story appealing despite the fact that I wanted to see it originally. What I wanted to see was the special effects, I guess. Despite the many movies churned out in Nollywood that don’t appeal to me but I still see, it will take a lot to turn me into a total cynic. There is hope, but I digress.
This film felt like something made for children in adult skins. It was that confusing in execution. The film is star-studded but that doesn’t save the movie from its dreariness at certain points.
Let’s break it down a bit further. How Angela (Uche Nwaefuna) and Richard (Blossom Chukwujekwu) met is one of the most awkward things I have seen in Cinema. It was never in a million years, convincing. It’s even worse how they proceeded with their conversation sounding as contrived as possible. And interestingly, forced is how most of the things you will get to see in this movie feels.
It was awkward to watch people that were on the queue of the dead look so cool with the fact that they were dead. Nobody panicked, nobody bothered. One was busy looking at a woman’s derriere. I understand what the filmmaker might have been getting at but… it didn’t work. Not if there is no variety,
Talk about not building characters to be believable, Richard had always been geeky and timid but he suddenly exhibited strength and dexterity at some point when he confronted some people that harassed him. I mean, he twisted a guy’s arm effortlessly and all this while we had thought he was just a weakling. There should have been some hint because I for one was just surprised anyhow. There’s a place for believability even in surprise and not for unnecessary surprises.
The special effect which was one of my draws to this movie was functional. Cinematography, sound and lighting were alright.
The main acts didn’t do badly but some were just not really good. Jide Kosoko didn’t cover himself in glory here. His role was unconvincing and so was the role of every goon of his. The one that shot Richard at the end of the movie disappeared into thin air right after. I also kept wondering what happened to the demons played by AY and Lasisi at the end? I didn’t see them. If anyone finds out where they went, please hit me up in my mail.
The major issue I had with this movie is its credibility. It sadly didn’t make me feel anything worthwhile and it’s hard to say there is anything I like in it.