I think I received an email from Iroko TV about the upcoming London premiere of 'Thy Will Be Done'. I made a mental note to try and attend the premiere as it featured all my favourite people - Ramsey Nouah, Mercy Johnson Okojie, Marry Remmy Njoku, Jide Kosoko amongst others. Disclaimer: This review may not be as punchy as Joy Isi Bewaji's review of Being Mrs Elliot but I'll try my best. Read at your own peril.
The movie is about Pastor Pius who got married to his first wife - Mary Remmy Njoku's character. On their wedding day, something happened and she was abducted. As the circumstances surrounding her abduction unfolded, she was eventually ordered to change from her wedding gown into another outfit and somehow set free and asked to run for her life without looking back. She ran through the bushes but into the path of an oncoming car driven by a retired army general and ended up in hospital. None of her relatives could be traced - it did not help that she had lost her memory completely. When she got better and was due to be discharged from hospital, she was released into the care of the general who made her his maid.
One day seven years later, as she was watching TV, she saw her husband's outreach programme being aired and this jolted her memory which came flooding back. She ran away from the General's home and went to the church to look for him (Pastor Pius).
While his (first) wife was missing, Pastor Pius had been informed that his wife's body had been found. He identified her body and she was buried. He then proceeded to live as a widowed pastor until he met Lucy (Mercy Johnson Okojie's character) in church and they got married. Cue to the present and the first wife resurrects from the dead. Pastor Pius and his wife Lucy's (Mercy Johnson's character) world is shaken to its foundation by her arrival as she starts living with them. Lucy is not willing to share her man and wants her husband to send his first (former?) wife away so they can continue living in their cocoon.
Pastor is torn between his first wife whom he discovers he still has feelings for and his current wife whom he loves also. Lucy will do whatever it takes to remain the only 'Mrs Pastor' and revert to the 'status quo ante' first wife's arrival. The church council of elders do not make it easier for Pastor Pius when they suggest it would be unpalatable for the congregation to find out that their pastor is living with two women even if he is inadvertently married to both of them.
There were a couple of love scenes in this movie and they were so tastefully delivered. The scenc where first wife was preparing a meal in the kitchen and Pastor Pius and Lucy were making out noisily in the bedroom. I say noisily because Mary Njoku's actions (in the kitchen) during the shukushukubambam (Sisi Yemmie - permit me to borrow your term) by Pastor Pius and Lucy (in the bedroom) was hilarious and peaked at an exhiliarating crescendo. The love scene where Pastor Pius and Mary Njoku's shukushukubambam played out was also very nice and tasteful.
All the scenes with the church elders were also very enlivening. They had given Pastor an ultimatum to choose one wife. They informed him that he is mixing egusi and ogbono and has to stick to one. (Well, not in the same words but I just could not resist the pun.) However, they are divided on which wife should remain when Pastor asks them to help as he cant make such decision. The council of elders delivered their scenes convincingly. Each scene was a treat.
Lucy fights to save her marriage, decides to investigate the resurrected first wife and this leads to her meeting the General who unwittingly unleashes the first wife's can of worms. She uses this as a weapon to get her husband to choose. The last wife standing is revealed at the end of the movie. I do not want to spill all the beans now. Please look out for this movie on Iroko TV and you'll be glad you did,
There were a couple of close ups in the movie, the arial shots were fascinating, and the movie was very well put together. The cinematography was fantastic. (*Sigh* I'm repeating myself again) There were also a couple of punchlines in the movie which had the audience in stitches. At no point in time did any punchline fall flat. The movie did not drag on endlessly. You know there are times when a movie starts and by the end of the first scene you ask your self - why did I even bother? Thy Will be done is not one of such movies - as each scene is being played out, you wonder what happens next? This anticipation goes on and on up till the end which did not disappoint at all.
Overall, Thy Will Be Done is a marvelous movie which ticks all the boxes if you are looking for good entertainment. It highlights feminism in the society (African society if you want to narrow it down) and has raised a lot of questions about society's reactions and attitudes to issues (sins) which arise. Religion is sometimes used as a smokescreen for discrepancies or justification of our sin. The movie showcased extremely strong female characters. Both wives characters were strong and positive in diverse ways. They both stood behind their husband but something had to give (as always).
PS: I was busy doing paparazzi downstairs and missed the beginning of the movie. Got to the screening room halfway through so please excuse me if there are any lapses in my narration. I'm also waiting for its release on Iroko TV so I can sit back with my popcorn and enjoy all the bits I missed all over again. I'll fill in the missing gaps then.......