THE ROYAL HIBISCUS HOTEL – THE MOVIE REVIEW

Yet another thrilling movie from the stables of Ebonylife TV! Executively produced by Mo Abudu and directed by Ishaya Bako, The RHH came with a touch of goodness – starring Zainab Balogun as Ope, Kenneth Okoli as Deji, Deyemi Okanlawon as Martins, Jide Kosoko as Chief Segun Adeniyi, Racheal Oniga as Rose Adeniyi, Kemi Lala Akindoju as Chika, O.C. Ukeje as Felix amongst others.

The movie is centered around Ope: a strong-willed chef who left a London cuisine where she worked. She came over to Lagos, Nigeria to reinstate and manage her family’s business – The Royal Hibiscus Hotel, and was appalled upon her arrival by series of events.

Okay, enough with the background information. Let’s have the review already!!!

The Nice Part:

Zainab Balogun did not disappoint at all. She played the “Ope character” just the best way, matching the matter-of-fact scenes with the endearing daughter and sweet lover acts. No visible lapse in role interpretation.

Kenneth Okolie played the role of the Hotel buyer quite well and did a quick reminder on how much of a lover he could be if given the chances.

There was also Jide Kosoko, characterizing the typical African Dad whilst doing a nice portrayal of a worried/concerned business owner.

Yope, O.C. Ukeje … that kitchen moment with Zainab was great, there was this flow between them that couldn’t go unnoticed. Wished they had more going on… (Well, just me thinking).

I was a bit taken aback by Kemi Lala’s role as the seductive receptionist but she made her way through it. Nice still.

To crown this part, kudos with the set and cast selection. Soundtracks for the film – from Falz and Simi’s Chemistry to Jimmy Drille’s Romeo and Juliet plus everything in between, gave the scenes and moments a more fluid feel.

The “Na Wa Oh” Part:

May be I expected too much; given the well-cut trailers and media publicity that heralded the release of the movie. Anyways, below are my reservations:

Racheal Oniga was hilarious. I can say I got most of the laughs from her part of the movie. At a point, it was becoming excessive and unnecessary. Maybe….I repeat, maybe she was trying to create the “Sola Sobowale” effect. And her costumes? She could have done better with loose-fitting clothes. And definitely without the puppy.

Toni Tones scenes were cool but her conversation with the maids kind of went flat. Did she miss a line from the script?

Lest I forget, Lota Chukwu was in this film but she didn’t utter one word! Got me asking: Why then was she here? Olu Jacobs and Joke Silva were in the movie as well. Their appearances were to probably show the solidity and endlessness of love. If not, I wonder what other reason better suits their feature.

All in all, the movie is a great one with a familiar romantic feel and a couple of laughs here and there. Something you can watch at anytime and anywhere.

I would rate it a 6/10.

This is my honest review. Please drop your views about the Royal Hibiscus Hotel in the comment section…

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