Review by Augusta Okon
One flower shop…One desperate florist who is bent on leaping over the wedding hurdle… one young man immersed in the workaholic river, craving for a career boost… one film star on bound for Hollywood…. a total blend of these various pursuits in the face of emotional adversities…and BAM! You’ve got “Flower Girl!” by Michelle Bello. Her first feature film was “Small Boy” which earned her two awards at AMAA 2009. Ironically, it kind of reminds me of Flower Girl (2009) written by Mark Rappaport which stars Maria Sokoloff (The Practice), Marion Ros (Happy days) Christina Rid….(friends) with the same theme as Michelle’s…okay back to the present.
Kemi (Damilola Adegbite of Six hours to Christmas, ex-Tinsel star) is desperate about tying the marital knot to her boy friend Umar ( Chris Attoh of Single and Married, Tinsel). Her desires are put on hold based on his financial standing, one he so very much wants to upturn. She keeps the candle of hope burning, courtesy of her friend, the chatty action lady, Stella (Bikiya Graham-Douglas). His desired break comes when he moves up the career ladder from a paralegal to a Junior Associate. Both view the promotion from different angles, with kemi seeing it as an open door to her wedding dream while Umar sees it as an opportunity to swiftly climb the ladder, besides kemi has suddenly become unappealing to him. Their relationship which has been sailing on the high emotional seas suddenly encounters a ‘relationship wreck’, leaving her marooned on the island of psychological and emotional trauma.
Along comes Tunde Kelani…oops!… I mean Tunde Kulani (Chuks Chukwujekwu of Married TV series) a renowned film star on bound for Hollywood, via an unprecedented event, who rescues her from the island. He’s bought over by her proposal to help her win Umar over, but the green eyed monster in his girlfriend Sapphire (Eku Edewor of studio 53 Extra, Face of Martini) threatens to destroy the plan. Nonetheless, the plan works beautifully as it sails smoothly along the pretentious calm sea, until the emotional waves once more roars and the unexpected unfolds….
Flower girl has the romantic feel but is certainly elusive of the comical element which made the hype rounds. The transition from childhood into adulthood by kemi and Umar during the establishing shot was good, although a deeper lever of creativity would have been more appealing.
Flower girl tries to be told with a touch of finesse but of course it was easy to know the conclusion from a mile away, as it effortlessly added its name to the ‘typical story telling chart’ synonymous with Nollywood. Was it the wavy interpretation of the stars perception of their lines that made the 1:55 minute visual journey, suddenly become overtly unappealing along the way?. The thespian who really brought it on was Stella (Bikiya Graham –Douglas), outclassing even the lead actress who seems to waltz every inch of the dramatic way. Couldn’t say the sound hit the bull’s eye and scenes such as being treated in Kulani’s house after the accident, kemi being notified about an undisclosed person waiting for her, and she getting to the rooftop all made up, the fighting scene with Umar’s glasses still on save when he fell into the pool, kemi’s dash for and into the airport to see ‘her love’, unveiled the movie’s deficiencies, which could have been better treated i.e assuming there was a script doctor.
The directing, lighting, editing, and picture quality, though, are commendable. However, Flower girl starts out strongly but looses its pulse along the way, triggering off an emergency alert as it battles hard to survive….and it does with much effort!.
Rating : 2
Rating Guide :
5 : Classic
4: Very good
3 : Good
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