Movie review: Momiwa is a heartwarming tale of family love and forgiveness

Movie review Momiwa

In Momiwa, I found myself drawn into the intricacies of family dynamics and the tender yet complex relationships portrayed on screen. The movie epitomizes the essence of classic Nollywood storytelling, offering a narrative that resonates with familiarity yet surprises with its depth.

Momiwa tells the story of Naeto, played by Uzor Arukwe, who finds himself abandoned by his wife, Kiki, portrayed by Iyabo Ojo, leaving him to care for their children, Vida and Abel, portrayed by Precious Udoh and Akpujiha Michael, respectively. The void left by his absent wife was filled by Momiwa, the housekeeper, played by Blessing Jessica Obasi, who becomes the pillar of support for the fractured family. The movie also casts Lilian Afegbai and MC Lively.

Momiwa is directed by Biodun Stephen, who is behind Breaded Life (2021), Strangers (2022), Sista (2023), Big Love (2023), and Small Talk (2024).

The chemistry between Uzor Arukwe and Blessing Obasi is palpable, infusing the story with a rich emotional resonance that captivates from start to finish. While the plot may follow a predictable trajectory, the nuanced performances and genuine moments of connection elevate the film beyond its formulaic premise.

What struck me most about Momiwa was its ability to balance humour with heartfelt emotion. While there were moments of levity, particularly in the characters’ interactions, the film never veered into comedic territory. Instead, it opted for a more subtle approach, allowing the audience to become invested in the characters’ journey without being overwhelmed by theatrics.

Momiwa displays minimal cinematography, capturing the warmth and intimacy of family life with a keen eye for detail. Every frame feels meticulously crafted to evoke a specific mood or emotion, from the mild home set design to the expressive close-ups. Likewise, the costumes and set design add to the film’s authenticity, transporting viewers into the world of the characters with ease. However, I cannot place the cinematography in an overwhelming realm. I praise it solely because it fits the story the movie tells.

While Momiwa may not break new ground in terms of plot or narrative structure, it delivers a heartfelt and engaging story that resonates on a deeply human level. It’s a film about love, forgiveness, and the enduring bonds that tie us together as a family. While the ending may be somewhat predictable, it’s a satisfying conclusion to a journey filled with moments of laughter, tears, and, ultimately, redemption.

Acting in this movie, to me, is nothing mind-blowing. The movie reminds me of 90s sitcoms that families usually watch every evening after a day’s hard work. However, I cannot place it in the area of poor acting because the story is typical of Nollywood dramas and not the type to require much psychological input to create.

In conclusion, Momiwa is a delightful gem of a film that reminds us of the power of love to heal even the deepest wounds. With its stellar performances, charming storyline, and heartfelt emotion, it’s a movie that’s sure to leave a lasting impression. So, if you’re in the mood for a heartwarming tale that will tug at your heartstrings, look no further than Momiwa, who gets a 6/10.

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