THE ROYAL HIBISCUS HOTEL
The Royal Hibiscus Hotel Comedy, Celebrity Appearances and A lot of Glitz and Glamour!!! EbonyLife follows the same formula as in all their most recent movies.
“The Royal Hibiscus Hotel”, like “The Wedding Party 1&2” is just another “feel-good” movie. Well, they are in Luck because it is the “feel-good” season. Zainab Balogun plays “Ope” an internationally trained chef who returns to Nigeria to help run her parent’s(Jide Kosoko and Rachel Oniga) ailing hotel in Lagos. She falls for a wealthy real estate businessman(Kenneth Okolie) who unbeknownst to her, is buying the Royal Hibiscus hotel.
The chemistry between Balogun and Okolie is the glue that holds this film together. Their screen time is absolutely precious to us and with every scene, they are in we just love “Love”.
Jide Kosoko and Rachel Oniga attempt to provide comic relief to the Royal Hibiscus Hotel film but fail dismally. Oniga seems to have lost her touch and struggles to carry the role. She drags her role and Jide Kosoko with her. With every scene she appears in, we wish there was a remote in the theatre so we can use the ” fast-forward” button. Thankfully, Lala Akindoju manages to pick up some of the slack as she manages to make the best out a bad situation and actually entertain. O.C Ukeje though brilliant as always Is absolutely redundant in this film as his character is completely unnecessary. EbonyLife again attempts to dazzle viewers with numerous celebrity appearances whose characters have no effect or significance in the storyline. It’s a trick that’s become quite tiring.
The Soundtrack, however, can not be ignored Johnny Drille’s song “Romeo and Juliet” is enough to keep us in our seats, and along with Balogun and Okolie’s chemistry, makes the film a good love story. The visuals are captivating and are used in just the right places and moments.
In all the Royal Hibiscus Hotel is a movie with many flaws that relies almost completely on sentiments. Again I say they are in luck, as its just about enough for now.
More reviews of the royal hibiscus hotel film
Written by Emina I. OMA
Edited by Keziah Umeh