AND NOW FOR SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT!!!
I bloody love it when a Director you clocked onto a little while back as someone with mad potential that you should be keeping an eye on, not only drops his next flick but has taken a complete left turn genre wise and smashed it out the park. The Director in question is Fredi ‘Kruga’ Nwaka and this time out my man has went and made a romantic comedy that actually bangs more than I was expecting it to.
Last time out he brought us The Living Dead which did pretty well on the festival circuit and I myself sung its praises as a low budget Brit horror comedy that was daring to dream. When I saw we were moving down a more romantic road I wasn’t sure what to expect if I’m honest. All to often I have seen what an independent British Rom-Com looks like and all to often I have thought ‘MEH’. Nonetheless this man had earned at least my interest now let’s see if he kept my attention.
SHE’S THE ONE (LOVES SPELL in US)
Director: Fredi ‘Kruga’ Nwaka Writer: Simon Battensby, Fredi ‘Kruga’ Nwaka
Cast: Kane Brown, Cindy Humphrey, Jessica-Jane Stafford, Vanessa Feltz, Fredi ‘Kruga’ Nwaka
Treyvon (Kane Brown) seems to have it made… Top flight job, nice car, looks, sense of humour and a solid group of mates. The only thing missing in his life is that special someone infact you could say his relationships are a bit of a car crash and that he is extremely unlucky in love. As we meet him he is on the verge of sealing a big deal at work, his mate is getting married and Shenisha (Cindy Humphrey) has just walked into his life. They are perfect for each other but outside forces seem to want everything to go wrong for them as they traverse numerous stumbling blocks as Treyvon starts to wonder if She’s the One!!!
First of all huge huge huge props to Kane Brown and Cindy Humphrey our two starring leads who were both fantastic in the roles. Brown is doing the bulk of the heavy lifting and has a natural likability to him with spot on comedic timing. I really enjoyed watching this relationship play out on screen and considering there were one or two performances I wasn’t enamoured with I’m glad these two pulled their socks up and smashed it. In particular the who set piece of their first date is terrific, the chemistry is there for all to see and the writing for these scenes is on point.
While I really thought Living Dead was a good showing of the potential of Nwaka, this movie shows a level of confidence and belief that is clear in the final product. A well written original and natural script that flows nicely barring a couple of really out there moments and one glaringly out of place performance. I will say at one point I thought ‘oh I know where we are going here’ then we swerved and had a cool twist I didn’t really see coming.
I had one problem with this movie and it’s a bit of a nit pick but Hakan ‘Man Like Haks’ Hassan is just too much here, he literally has two scenes and honestly he kind of ruins them. I didn’t mind him in Living Dead but the man keeps popping up in movies and an actor he is not.
Someone that did surprise me in her cameo was Vanessa Feltz with some well delivered sassy dialogue. Jessica-Jane Stafford was her usual dependable self in a little role that had me smiling to see her again (love seeing Stafford on screen).
This for me is a big recommend, is it perfect? No, but the problems are only there if you look for them!!! It does all the things it needed to and honestly I didn’t turn this on expecting a Richard Curtis movie, I just wanted a really cool little Brit Rom-Com that ticks a lot of the usual boxes and double ticks some new ones, that is exactly what I got. Nwaka is a very promising prospect in the U.K. and I’m down for any movie he has coming up.
It’s a very strong 4.5 out of 5 for me, I had a lot of fun with the movie enjoyed the performances from our two leads and their supporting cast (except one) and think there is an audience out there for a movie full of lovable colourful characters like these. Get the bloody film watched.