The first thing I said a few minutes into watching the Flower Girl was “2013 was a strange year”. I don’t mean to be a buzzkill or a hater of love, but this film was more annoying than it was hilarious. From the lead character Kemi Williams (Damilola Adegbite) to the entire storyline, the whole film was just ‘meh’. Here’s my lazy but honest film review of Michele Bello’s 2013 film, Flower Girl.
The film follows the story of Kemi Williams, a florist and absolute romantic, who connives with a popular actor, Tunde kulani (Blossom Chukwujekwu) to make her boyfriend, Umar (Chris Attoh), jealous enough to want to marry her. To be fair, I think we’ve all seen different versions of this same story. It’s one of the famous tropes of rom coms.
We were introduced to Kemi’s character from when she was a young girl who adored flowers and later grew up to be a professional florist. For some reason i though the movie would be centred around her love for flowers, I mean considering the name of the film IS Flower Girl. Her character felt so superficial and cartoony it was quite annoying to watch. As someone who worked majorly at weddings, she had romanticised the idea of marriage and weddings up to the point it was all she thought about. Her obsession with getting married caused her to embarrass her boyfriend at a work meeting and then cost her the relationship.
I never thought her character to be one that was poor, but she did look messy all the time. It was as if she didn’t know what a comb was. I couldn’t understand why she never bothered to comb her hair once, which is why the whole makeover Tunde had subjected her to didn’t make sense. Why did it take a whole makeover for her to realize that she needed to comb her hair in the morning?? Her character was generally cringe to watch and overall annoying.
The story barely made me blush or even chuckle. I don’t mean to be dismissive about the film because I still believe everyone should give it a watch for themselves and form personal opinions about it. For me it was a no no in terms of anything romance or comedy. However, it was a nice glance at what life was like in 2013, when Wizkid was (still is) peak entertainment and make up was unnecessarily loud.