Movie Review: A Trip to Jamaica

Movie Review: A Trip to Jamaica

Applauds go to Ayo Makun, better known as AY for holding the torch of innovation in an Industry clearly losing grip with the modern nuances of comical delivery. His Guinness record-breaking 30 Days in Atlanta was testimony to his prowess; so it came as no surprise when his latest overseas-centred flick raked in N80m in seven days. With the country buzzing for the release of said Movie, Ayo Makun had to let out his best arsenal. The jocular Funke Akindele (Jenifa) co-stared on this one, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Eric Roberts, Paul Campbell, Chris Attoh, Dan Davies and Rebecca Silvera all did their fair best to keep this sequel just above average.

A filmmaker’s eternal battle is in the advancement of his artistry—your latest work has to best your former and herein lies the flaw with this Jamaican-inspired picture. Ayo Makun (Producer) and Robert Peters (Director) kept us happy from start to finish I must admit, the raw talent of AY and Jenifa kept our tummies aching with uncultured laughs, but at one point this movie started to feel like a collage of Instagram videos. The filmmakers struggled to keep this movie happy-going and content-driven simultaneously, so eventually it came out disjointed rather than whole.

Set in Lagos, Los Angeles and Kingston, this story kicks off with our dear Akpos proposing to Bola (Akindele) on a music stage in Lagos, they travel to the US to celebrate their engagement in Bola’s sister’s (Abigail) house. Abigail’s (Nse Ikpe-Etim) husband is a crime boss with many unexplained enemies. He makes the whole family take the journey to Jamaica as a diversionary trip and after that, it’s all predictable theatrics.

This movie boasts of cameos from Olamide, Patoranking and Cynthia Morgan, with the femcee stealing the day with her green but superb acting. Laughs aside, Funke Akindele’s acting looked a tad bit dreary, especially when she had to switch from funny into serious, this might have been the fault of the thematic music anytime the switch happened. AY delivered yet again, except for those sorry excuses for hostage scenes, I mean, funny doesn’t have to be stupid.

Overall, another great score for Ayo Makun and his team, the Industry needs more risk takers like this Warri-groomed comedian. Please go see this one, you are guaranteed an uplift in spirit once you do

Critic Score: 5/10

John Iyoha

God’s wordsmith

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