Movie Review: Lucky

Cast:                Kumi Obuobisa, Kabuki Akiwumi, Akorfa Adjeani, Fred Amugi, Solomon Fixon-Owoo and Jane Efya Awindor

Director:         Togbe Gavua

Synopsis:         Kumi Obuobisa stars as Lucky Barima Mensah, twitter famous university student who lands a date with the most desired girl on social media @NuttiFafa. How will he afford to take her on a date with not a cedi in his pocket? Lucky teams up with his best friend and hustler Wadaada to sell an Apple Macbook to gangsters and fraudsters.

Together they use lies and good intentions to push through their challenges, but when Lucky thinks nothing else can go wrong, Karma remembers their name. Lucky shares the story of a millennial whose story becomes complicated as his reality and priorities like many in his generation, are shaped by social media.

Review:

Fofo ‘Togbe’ Gavua brings this comic feature film to life with a new crop of actors as well as some familiar faces on the Ghanaian silver screen.

When Lucky’s day begins with no luck with his mother (Akorfa Adjeani), he turns to his friend Wadaada (Solomon Fixon-Owoo) and in their bid to make some money for Lucky’s date of the century with Nutifafa (Jane Efya Awindor), they are joined by Abaaaloto (Psalm Adjeteyfio).

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This feature film served as great entertainment with its colourful cast and interesting plot twists.

Fofo ‘Togbe’ Gavua used actors that had never appeared in main stream movies and married them with the actors of old that many between the ages of 25-35 grew up watching, and all of them shone in their respective roles.

Solomon Fixon-Owoo brought life to his role and was easily relatable in his rebellious lifestyle, while Psalm Adjeteyfio and Fred Amugi were both excellent- obviously bearing from their years of acting and being comfortable with the director’s new age style feature film.

The two actors that gave this reviewer pause were Solomon Fixon-Owoo as Wadaada and Jane Efya Awindor as Nutifafa. She (Jane Efya Awindor) has been widely known as the songstress with hit after hit, so it was a pleasant surprise to watch her being the vain social media addict. After a few scenes, however, we were convinced of her being cast as Nutifafa as a good choice, as Efya portrayed the social media addict role to a T.

Wadaada, the ever resourceful friend of Lucky, proved to be the film’s steal with his quick wit of making money and having everything under control even when ‘high’. This again, convinced this reviewer of the director’s great choice in cast.

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True to feature film form, at 75 minutes, this film is just right. There were a few times where I felt a disconnect with the sound and the actors lip movement, but the comic relief and impressive dialogue held the audience attention and kept them looking forward to the next scene. For a number of scenes, it was hard to tell whether the actor had been pre-informed of the other’s location without contacting the latter.

Despite the minor shortcomings, Lucky is an exciting, funny, creative and relatable film and worth minutes of your time.

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