I watched Kamibili over the weekend with a hot wrap of chikwizz and a cold cup of yogurt. It had just rained so the air was cool that evening -Why am I giving all this information? Well, I have to explain the mood obviously. Kambili: The Whole 30 yards, is one of those movies I missed the chance to watch in the cinema and had to wait for its Netflix release like the rest of you. Anyway, this is my lazy but honest review of Kayode Kasum’s Kambili: the whole 30 yards.
This movie follows the story of a young lady, Kambili Maduka (Nancy Isime), who after a break up is compelled to better herself to win back her ex-boyfriend, John (Mawuli Gavor). In an attempt to level up, she consults her friends, Chidi (JideKene Achufusi), Biodun (Venita Akpofure) and Jesse (Koye Ekun-Kekere), to help her with her plan to get her ex back.
I particularly enjoyed the fact the film is one that isn’t filled too many mind boggling or back breaking obstacles that frustrate both the audience the characters. It’s one you watch with your friends to have a good time and a few good laughs here and there. I felt the beginning was a bit slow, it kind of dragged a bit, either that or it was the chikwizz not allowing me concentrate. It did begin to pick up at around the twenty-minute mark.
Kambili’s plan to make John see her as ‘Wife Material’ didn’t make too much sense to me because she made little attempts to actually learn skills men consider ‘wifely’. Her character was a bit reckless and disorganized yes, but there were no scenes that showed her learning to clean or cook. I mean, starting a business doesn’t exactly make you ‘wife material’ does it? In her defense, I guess her starting a business made her more discipline and prudent with money, which is something John also looked out for.
Although there were subplots developed for the supporting characters; Kambili’s character still took center stage through the film; fully giving ‘main character syndrome’ all through the film. I thought Jesse and Biodun’s plot was unnecessary but a fair attempt at making them less two dimensional like most supporting characters are. It was also quite delightful that the supporting characters felt like supporting characters through the film. I really love when characters are self-aware. The confrontation at the end of the film between Kambili and her friends was a good way to snap Kambili back to reality and relieve her of her main character syndrome.
Like I said before, this is a feel-good movie that is quite easy to follow. It’s safe to say it’s in the same category as Who’s the Boss, both good movies that aren’t built up on deep social issues or trauma or whatnot. If you’ve not watched Kambili: the Whole 30 Yards or you’re thinking about watching it, I most definitely recommend.