STRANGERS

Posted in Eject by - May 29, 2017
STRANGERS

Starring: Mary Remmy Njoku, Kenneth Okolie

Synopsis:

Constant bickering threatens the marriage of a young couple that somehow lost their way in their relationship.

Review:
Diane and Reginald’s marriage was on a tumultuous road. At the core they loved each other but got on each others nerves. Reginald (Kenneth Okolie) was a neat freak and Diane was carefree. He wanted to start a family but she was more interested in her career. Beyond conflicting baby plans, the two constantly argued to the point of violence.

Let’s Talk. Another relationship drama (sigh…) made up of two characters that seemed stuck on a merry-go-round they couldn’t get off of. For the entire movie they argued and made up. Quarreled. Make up. Fought. Made up. It was just a ridiculous cycle of blowups without a solid story.

The characters were unreliable and hypocritical. For instance, Reginald was supposedly a neat freak who was constantly cleaning the house. There was even a scene where he asked Diane how her shoes got so dirty. Yet, this is the same guy that didn’t flush the toilet after a bowel movement. Not only did he not flush, he had a cavalier attitude about it. This seemed out of character for someone the writer was trying to sell as a person hellbent on cleanliness.

The story, or lack of one, felt very contrived. There was even a 
“soapish” moment where Reginald walked in just in time to find his wife in the arms of another. In all fairness, there was some humor and when the couple got along they were easy to watch but their arguments became weary.

For the most part, the quarreling was childish. They fought about minuscule things and erroneously accused the other of cheating. Just when I thought I saw the last argument, another silly one came up.

Clearly, the couple didn’t have good communication but their only valid discrepancy was the indifference on when to start a family. Other than that, the fights were well acted but trivial.

The movie concluded when the couple had individual revelations about relationships. I wonder why the filmmakers chose to reveal these facts as private thoughts and not actual dialogue spoken between the actors. These conclusions had the potential to start the healing process and without the verbal exchange it’s safe to say the couple will continue to have spats even after the credits rolled.

The problem with “Strangers” is that while most movies have a beginning, middle, and an end, this one was stuck in the middle. We don’t know the history of the couple and the resolution to their bickering wasn’t well orchestrated.

The objective here is that couples are ultimately strangers at heart. This is true to some extent as we don’t always know someone’s true feelings. Some attempt to express what’s in their hearts while others hide what they really feel. The writer’s point is well taken however, the movie’s potential was forfeited and didn’t accomplish much. EJECT

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