#Nollywood Movie Review of ‘Champagne’

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Tari Hopewell (Alexx Ekubo) has been married to Champagne for three years without a child.  Due to ‘unfortunate’ economic realities, Tari dates women with the permission of his wife, so they can make ends meet.  Tari’s inability to live up to expectations compels Champagne to seek greener pastures by dating Douglas Oswald, a divorced man, who was married for 10 years.  Champagne and Tari discover, the hard way, that all that glitters is not gold.

In Champagne, Tari and his wife are greedy people who want the good things of life delivered to them on a platter of gold.  Theirs is not a fight for survival, but a desire for ostentation, which they did not work for.  Truly, there is no free meal anywhere.

How can a desperate young man like Tari reject a car gift from one of his mistresses when his wife is nagging about joblessness?  Couldn’t he have accepted the car, sold it and started a business for himself and his wife?  Indeed, why does an adulterous man moralize about collecting a luxury car from a concubine?  Is it not said that he who wants to eat a toad should eat a mighty one, so that if he is called a toad eater, he will answer contentedly?

It is baffling to see films, where people are said to be poor, yet there is so much luxury and flamboyance around them. The apartment the couple reside in and their taste in household items are typical of middle income earners.

That discussion between Champagne and Danielle is unrealistic.  At best, the lady should have walked away on learning that her ‘man’ is married.  Champagne says to Tari: ‘You are telling them promises you can’t keep’.  ‘You are making them promises you can’t keep’ would have been a better expression.  Tari says, ‘It is I, your husband, you can say no to.’ ‘It is me, your husband, you can say no to’ is the correct sentence.’

Champagne says to her husband about Douglas, ‘He was a perfect gentleman.  He didn’t hold me longer than necessary.  He wasn’t touchy.  He didn’t try to get physical.’  Yes, the couple is meant to be in an open relationship; but the flagrant and reckless display of depravity is scandalous.  Hope she didn’t use touchy to mean trying to touch?

The action in the film is concentrated towards the end, why?

Champagne is comparable to Playing Games, a Tade Ogidan film.  However, in Playing Games, the circumstances that drive Emeka (Basorge Tariah) and his wife (Uche Macauley) to succumb to Henshaw’s (Sola Fosudo’s) demands are vividly painted for the viewer to see.  In Champagne, it is not easy to see why an able bodied man and his wife cannot earn livelihood, but will rather resort to sleeping around for money. https://youtu.be/pCrAVFLWwCY

Amarachukwu Iwuala

Amarachukwu Iwuala

A writer ... in pursuit of excellence

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