Brief Review: Mumuni & Rajah pair Nelson and Dumelo in Material Girl

“She’s a lady..a classy bitchy baby…a soulless bitch!”She’s A Lady

Abdul Salam Mumuni can say “…to hell with Van Vicker” and with good reason. John Dumelo ain’t a slouch and can hold his own among the best of them in all of Ghana, as well as in Nigeria. In a cinematic climate fascinated with the screen-presence of multiculti skin-toned actors, it’s about damn time full-blooded African men of chocolate and brown colored complexions be seen as powerful, strong and attractive romantic leading men; that is, to the rest of the world! In spite of not appearing until the second of this three-part feature, John Dumelo swallows up all four corners of the screen, and exhibits superb chemistry with fellow actor Yvonne Nelson. Mumuni tells a tale of a faithful wife named Jessica (Amanobea Dodoo) and her husband Jayke (Kofi Adjorlolo), a recent elected Minister to the Parliament of Ghana, who chooses to punish his wife by literally “grounding” her for a 12 month-period due to what he deems an act of disobedience, when Jessica attempts to travel to the U.S. to visit their son, only to realize that Jayke has seized her traveling documents, preventing her departure.

The main plot revolves around Cassie (Yvonne Nelson) who in attempted efforts of both stealing and prostituting, aims to give money to her sick mother (even at the cost of donating her own kidney), and becomes knowingly involved in a love triangle between Greg (Dumelo) and his father (Adjorlolo). The script is far from perfect (Phil Efe Bernard) and lighting is insufficient during some scenes (Samuel Gyandoh), but so what. This film is fairly entertaining and presents some memorable lessons on marriage relations and class differences. A constant song (Austine Erowele) is heard throughout the movie and pretty much fits the film’s tone, other than the Accra Mall scenes cueing ‘She’s a Lady’, Cassie’s theme song fostering lines such as “classy bitchy baby” and “soulless bitch”.

Yvonne Nelson is a natural, strutting her stuff and getting cute in all the right places. I’m one to think that there isn’t much role diversity provided for female actors in African Cinema, but Nelson’s geek spunkiness, bright smile, and clear ability to put any male lead actor she’s teamed with at ease, makes me believe she’s well suited and capable of managing these odds against her. Two creds of note, editing/pacing (Dapo Ola-Daniels) is smooth for the most part and sound (Akwesi Arhin) is above average; Frank Rajah gets good shots.

Score: 2½ of 4 stars

One Response to “Brief Review: Mumuni & Rajah pair Nelson and Dumelo in Material Girl”
  1. Me says:

    Good points, I think I will definitely subscribe! I’ll go and read some more! What do you see the future of this being?

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