Film Review – Kasanova

Kasanova is a romantic comedy about the relationship between a single father of a male child and a divorced single mother with her female child.  At first, it seems the film was trying to develop a love-and-dump relationship between the children but the plot suddenly switches to creating a genuine love story between the parents.  

Femi, the ‘Kasanova’ of the film played by Wale Ojo starts off by being a womanizer with little respect for women, that is until he runs into Jessica, Ireti Doyle who is prepared to give just as good as she gets.

As with a lot of these African films lately, the storyline is unoriginal as its been done before. Nothing wrong with that per say, but I was expecting more of an African twist to the tale and instead got 2 westernized Africans as the leads.   

Overall, the acting is very good and I hate to single out actors for my reviews but Ini Obong, played by Ruby Akubueze was not very good.  When I first saw her on screen it was good to see a new face introduced to these nollywood films. Also the fact that she looks just like a young Lauryn Hill required at the very least, a decent performance but sadly she wasn’t up to the task. Her delivery was robotic at times and her vocals (which was highlighted in several scenes) was just basic (and I’m trying not to be too harsh here). 

kudos to the other supporting cast including Jason, played by Abayomi Alvin, Grandma, by the veteran actor Ayo Magaji and Bisola, by Toyin Abraham – who I thought acted very well to make this film more Nigerian. I have seen her in other films and I am not really a fan of her forced brand of comedy but in this film, just like in Maami, I feel she really excels in her acting when she is speaking Yoruba.  

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