ELEVATOR BABY: Unimpressive

By Jumande Raji

Directed by Akay Mason

Starring: Timini Egbuson, Toyin Abraham, Shaffy Bello, Yemi Solade, Ijeoma Aniebo, Samuel Perry (Broda Shaggi).

The movie tells the story of the stubborn and wayward rich kid Damilare Williams, who seems to be angry at everything and everyone. When his finances get cut off by his mother, he lashes out at her and her new partner and decides to make it on his own. However, he has no real skill or experience in the labour market and on one of those unlucky days, he gets trapped with Abigail, who is heavily pregnant and with a whole story of her own. The initial start of being hostile but with two of them being trapped in the elevator, he has to man up and help her birth her child.

The story is just like any other elevator story, where people are trapped in an elevator with no means of getting out, while trying to avert an ultimate disaster. Of course, we know that there is really nothing new under the sun and we just have to keep finding new and exciting ways to tell our stories.

The lead actor in this movie carried a lot of weight in this story, Damilare Williams, played by Timini Egbuson. I was not really impressed by his acting, yes he is good looking and has the looks but he doesn’t seem to be in touch with his feelings, so I ended up seeing very few emotional reactions from him, even where it was needed, it was almost as if he is constantly on default setting.

Toyin Abraham in her role of Abigail killed it of course. When you need an actress to be extra, you can always trust her to deliver. Her acting, delivery and carriage were great and gave most of the depth that the other character lacked. I kept wondering throughout the movie though if she used her real pregnancy to shoot this movie. Lol.

 

The movie had a number of big shots and everyone tried to bring their A-Game. Though we still had to deal with and endure the unnecessarily forced comedy in certain scenes, especially with the Broda Shagi scenes, most of them were unnecessary and did not add to the story in any way, but I guess they were just looking for ways to make us laugh.

The story made it so convenient for the situation of the trapped elevator to thrive, there were obviously so many other options that could have helped get the people out, but that would take away from the story. Many scenes and situations were stretched, Broda Shagi eating for a gazillion years, the doctor remaining in the ambulance when he could have gotten on the bike sooner knowing Lagos traffic.

ELEVATOR BABY

The picture quality of the movie was good though, the scenes were interesting to watch and the set choices seemed to work well for the story. However, Shaffy Bello’s make up at the first scene she appeared was falling apart, she was sweating profusely and of course, we know it’s a scene with a lot of tension but they are wealthy people and a house like that definitely has air conditioning. It really wasn’t pleasing to watch her sweat like that.

The story was actually a very good one, very engaging with lots of drama and comedy, but I believe with a little more put in, on every angle, the movie would have turned out great.

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