The first review of a movie can usually give box office rakings a good or bad effect – this does not seem to be the case of AY’s latest comedy flick. The first review released for the movie was nothing to write home about. It was a scathing review that could easily make anyone strike off the movie from their itinerary. The trailer was nothing close to exciting or stimulating and the movie’s first instalment ‘30 Days in Atlanta’ was not in any way mind-blowing. A ‘trial will convince you’ is simply what will attract many naysayers to see this one; fortunately so many Nigerians seem to fall under this category.
‘A trip to Jamaica’ chronicles more adventures of Akpors. The movie tells the story of Akpors customarily played by (AY Makun) and his fiancée Bola (Funke Akindele) who travel across the Atlantic to visit a cousin Abigail (Nse Ekpe Etim) and her extremely wealthy husband (Dan Davies); what ensues after is far from what the comedic duo bargained for. The movie did not try to do too much. Akpors was his usual self, maybe funnier than the Akpors in the first instalment. Funke Akindele did give the movie major spice as most Jenifa’s Diary fans will troop in to see this movie because of her but may be letdown being that she isn’t the ‘Jenifa’ from the series rather a little toned down version, who speaks better English. AY and Akindele make a fine pair for good humour. The fact that the ‘Jenifa’ character was not reprised was a breath of fresh air: as it would have played down what the character has become and make the movie a bit too lowbrow. However, it is likely that some of the series fans would have rather seen a ‘Jenifa’ than a ‘Bola’. Nse carried her character well enough; from the scene at the airport, it was easy to tell something was wrong─ a nuanced portrayal that was engaging enough to send a message.
Sound was a major problem as most of the scenes played out with discordant soundtracks. The Director Robert Peters clearly put some effort into his craft as most of the scenes were glitzy and beautifully shot. ‘A trip to Jamaica’ has a totally different plot from its predecessor, it happened to have more intriguing and less clichéd subplots. It is not the kind of movie that will leave anyone in stitches from start to finish, as the really funny scenes were countable: five or so. This seems to be a major issue for most of the viewers but what movies guarantee hundred percent laughs? Even stand up comedy shows don’t. Aside the comedy, there was a human side to the story of fear, betrayal and romance that was well played out and the end was not evidently predictable, that is good kudos for comedy if you ask me.
Whether we like it or not, AY’s latest movie will be a box office hit as reports have claimed the movie has already raked in over 80 million naira in its first ten days of release, making it the highest grossing Nigerian movie yet for this year. The mere fact that the movie hasn’t been released in Ghana and Jamaica already proves it will break a bigger record than its first instalment as the movie features Ghanaian and Jamaican heartthrobs Chris Attoh and Paul Campbell.