Today’s movie for review is The Guest!
Synopsis: ‘The Guest’ is the story of a passionless but dedicated and faithful couple who take in an old friend. An affair soon begins between the husband and the friend, but when she starts to kill off members of his household who stand in the way of her getting what she wants, the couple realize that they have it all in each other and that their family is worth fighting for.
Starring: Rita Dominic, Femi Jacobs, Somkele Idalamah
From the moment Rita Dominic enters the picture, she seizes control of the film and while she makes some effort, especially in the first half, adopting a low guttural growl, wearing impossibly skimpy clothing, cursing like a sailor and trying out some sexy scenes, her good intentions cannot cover up the films second half where everything comes crashing down hopelessly.
It feels at some point that both halves are joined from separate films as the director squanders all of the good will earned by his likeable actors ab initio on a final act that is stagey, goes on forever and ends with a fizzle. The overstretched end alone discredits everything that has come before and even Rita Dominic falls flat on her face trying too hard to extend an uninspiring farce. It is a messy outing that has to be seen to be appreciated. It does Ms Dominic nor Mr Jacobs no service at all.
Sound is an issue for the entire running time as it plays like the voices were dubbed atop the actors’ performances in some cases and then tapers off to undecipherable levels in others. The film is bathed in a dark glow that is probably chosen to accentuate the sombre mood but casts a dark shadow on the film.
The acting is uneven as the supporting players seem to have come into the film unrehearsed. Chika Chukwu who was part of the ensemble in The Meeting is overly dramatic and delivers a performance that is incongruous with what real people in her situation should be doing.
Somkele Idhalama who was so effective and alive in last year’s 93 Days is a shadow of that performance here as she appears lifeless and uninterested in whatever is happening. Only the recently buffed up Femi Jacobs shows up for work here and keeps his wits intact while others lose theirs and the body count begins to pile up.
There is no beating around the bush here. The editing on the film is practically non-existent. The Guest is far from a decent effort. It suffers from tonal shifts so abrupt and manages to make a mess out of the characterization, the one element that could have salvaged it. There’s no saving this one from itself.
Ultimately, accurately; ‘The Guest’ is a two hour flick, whose last hour and a half is a torturous drivel that ought to be avoided. It will bring you only pain and regret.
Outrageously stupid! Not recommended.
See trailer (HERE) if you want, I mean if you don’t mind wasting your time.