Movie Review: Being Mrs. Elliot
My special someone asked me a question some days ago.
“At what point do you realize you’re an adult?”
I said something along the lines of ‘there’s no particular moment, you just grow into the role’, you know – the shoes are already there. You step into them – and grow as you go.
That’s what I think anyways, and that certainly applies to Being Mrs. Elliot, Omoni Oboli’s directorial debut.
The premise is not exactly ‘unique’; it’s been seen in several movies, read in several books – two women meet, are both involved in an accident, and through an error of oversight, switch lives.
Though not exactly.
Starring Omoni Oboli, Majid Michel, AY, Lepacious Bose, Uru Eke, Seun Akindele, Imeh Umoh and so on, Being Mrs Elliot is a movie guaranteed to take you on a roller-coaster of emotions. You actually get to know the characters; as in they introduce themselves to you without frills or pretense. They tell you ‘this is who we are’, and then allow you form your opinions.
From the beginning, the movie appears to be a little disjoint. First we get to meet the dissatisfied wife with fake friends. Then we meet the excited girlfriend; and right in front of the viewer becomes the fiance. Then we meet the overeager-to-please secretary, who also happened to take lessons in massage therapy – and the story sort of comes together.
Omoni Oboli is riveting as the leading lady, selfishly hoarding the spotlight to herself. Though if that’s her fault (as per director) or the fault of her co-stars remains an open debate. Lepacious Bose has spots of brilliance, giving the movie several of its laughter-evoking moments. Even AY, playing a role that comes with its own look and feel and gives little room for expression, is impressive enough to get a pass. Majid’s character, however, was more for sound than sight. If not for the fact that there’s usually a husband in a marriage – whether same sex or otherwise – we won’t have missed him.
The dialogue is engaging enough – even though some lines would have you cringing and clenching your teeth. At some point in the movie too, you would wonder if you were watching a movie or a TV commercial – considering the number of ads/shameless plugs that were thrown in. But hey, the sponsors have to get their due, right?
Slows down the movie dramatically, however.
There were several clichés – several pastiches we have come to associate with Nollywood movies, and the movie would have been more enjoyable if it had been reduced by at least twenty minutes – but on the scale of things, Being Mrs. Elliot will go down in Nollywood history as ‘One Of The Good Ones’. Omoni seems to have found herself wearing a new pair of shoes, that of director, and for the look of things, she will grow comfortably in them.
Not bad for a beginner.
Being Mrs Elliot now showing at Silverbird Cinemas Nationwide (I think), Ozone Cinemas and Genesis Deluxe Cinemas.