Film Review: Seriously Single

A great Rom-Com set in Johannesburg South Africa,  that appeals to all, Africans and Non-Africans alike. Seriously Single is well worth the watch.

In the opening scene we meet Dineo (Fulu Mugovhani – lead character from the award winning 2016 film Ayanda), a 30-something unlucky-in-love hopeless romantic, as she inadvertently live-streams the moment she is dumped by her current boyfriend on social media.  The other part of the leading duo, Noni (popular South African comedian, Tumi Morake) is quite the opposite; full of life and enjoying the freedom of being single, as she lives by the rule of ‘never sleeping with the same guy twice, otherwise it counts as a relationship’.  That very rule is soon put to the test by Max, a charming bartender played by Yonda Thomas as he tries to get her in bed for a second time. Dineo on the other hand is afraid of being single and is desperately trying to start a new relationship with her new guy Lunga (Bohang Moeko).

The script by Lwazi Mvusi is fresh and while not totally original, it still has enough of its own twists to the story to  make it less predictable.  It is also very easy to connect with the two lead characters, especially the hilariously funny and witty Noni.

Directed by sibling directors, (the production company is actually called Ramaphakela Siblings) Kathleko and Rethibile Ramphakela deliver a great movie for us all to enjoy. The film is witty and funny with all the right nuances of a good romance. The blend of South African languages and culture makes it for certain an African film, (I counted at least 3 dialects ; Xhosa, Africaans and Zulu). The pace of the movie is very good as well, at just under 2 hours it doesn’t feel too long to watch.

I particularly liked the clever uses of text and social media borders to help create the feel of a social media engagement.

South Africa’s high fashion sense is in full display in the impressive costume selection by Brenda Khambule. 

Great job also by DOP Kabelo Thathe, the aerial shots are clever as well as some very subtle but technically difficult shots.

It’s just so refreshing to see a well put together film by a talented all African film cast. I would have liked to see a tear-jerking scene or two in this movie but I found myself laughing and cheering on the characters throughout the film so that counts for something right??

Seriously, go watch this.

Available on Netflix

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