[Movie Review] The Contract Hlomla Dandala(Jacob’s Cross), Joseph Benjamin and Yvonne Okoro

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Directed By
: Shirley Frimpong-Manso  (Adam’s Apples (2011), The Perfect Picture (2009) )

Written By: Hetty Owusu & Shirley Frimpong-Manso

Produced By: Yvonne Okoro, Ken Attoh and Shirley Frimpong-Manso

Starring: Hlomla Dandala(Jacob’s Cross), Joseph Benjamin(Mr & Mrs) and Yvonne Okoro(The President’s Daughter,Forbidden City)

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The Script

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Successful Businessman Peter Popolampo is the ultimate “Tiger”, as he likes to call himself. Despite his mother’s persistent attempt to find him a woman, Peter sticks to his rule of non-committal casual dates, freedom and controlling his life until a yearning to have a child arises.
In his quest to find the woman who will take his money, have his child and disappear, Peter begins a roller coaster, contracted relationship with Abena Boateng, a crude but clever local girl who is anything but impressed with Peter’s affluence.
With a clear definitive contract outlining the do’s and dont’s of bearing Peter Popolampo’s child, these two opposites must exercise every ounce of will power not to kill each other until the child is born.

A fun and absolutely hilarious script. Here I was going into the cinema thinking I was about to see a romantic movie which I was going to be pleased with. What I wasn’t prepared for was the humour Hetty Owusu & Shirley Frimpong-Manso packed into this movie. For a movie nominated for an Achievement In Screenplay at the 2013 AMAA awards, I would be a happy man if it clinches the award.

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The Directing

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Shirley Frimpong-Manso I must say is a talented and creative director who knows her stuff pretty well. The choice of locations, lighting and the absolute perfection sought out in every scene as I could hardly notice any mistake or plot hole. But I personally won’t give all the credit to her. Director of Photography Ken Attoh (Brother to Chris Attoh, the Tinsel star) had some ingenious shots in this movie. I love the way words weren’t necessary in depicting some really important details (like using Peter’s jogging along the beach to count the months.) For me, this movie is the best it could make out of this script. It couldn’t have been better.

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The Acting

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The Ghollywood, Nollywood and Sollywood (humour me please) team up was just beautiful. If you are familiar with Jacob’s Cross, then it won’t come to you as a surprise that Hlomla was at the top of his game. Joseph Benjamin pulled off the perfect sidekick role. But Yvonne was my favourite act in the movie.

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The Verdict

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Popcorn and a Soda. That’s my joyful rating for this movie. I loved every moment of it, I didn’t feel tired at any point and it is totally worth seeing.