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Movie title: Kujuak Again
execution: 2 hours
Director: Biodun Stephen
Actors: Bisola Aiyeola, Femi Jacobs, Don Jazzy, Bimbo Ademoye, MC Lively, Kunle Remi, Timini Egbuson, Mimi Onalaja, Sophie Alakjia, Chris Iheuwa and Ronke Odusanya.
Publication date: April 21, 2023
When “Introducing the Kujus” premiered last year, it received mixed reactions and received accolades for providing a healthy dose of family comedy-drama. Then fast forward to the announcement of a sequel, which caused a bit of tension among viewers, if there’s one common denominator about many sequels, it’s that they lack the magic of the first.
Fortunately, The Kujus Again is a beacon of hope that makes it possible to believe that sequels can be better. They can erase and fix the mistakes of the original.
With the addition of famous music icon Don Jazzy, “The Kujus Again” follows everyone’s favorite problematic and lovable family, the Kujus. Last time, we saw them unleashing drama at the family matriarch’s five-year anniversary, but this time they went all out for a traditional wedding ceremony.
With a great storyline like hosting a wedding party, The Kujus would once again tick all the boxes of what it takes to be a blockbuster. However, its filler scenes, witty dialogue and incredible plot twists fall a little below par.
Now, this does not negate the good quality of the sequel. Compared to the first, there is a noticeable increase in screenwriting, cinematography and, above all, acting.
The Kujus throw a small party where Mauyon (Kunle Remi) and Lily (Sophie Alakija) announce their engagement. A small misunderstanding arises between the siblings, causing them all to leave early. Before going to bed, Lily begs Mauyon to arrange the wedding for her family members. He hopes that this will resolve their differences and thus bring them together.
Mauyon and Lily relay this new development to their family members, who jump with excitement. Maugbe (Timini Egbuson) and Chuks (Folaremi Agunbiade) are in charge of the place; Mausi (Bisola Aiyeola) is in charge of the food; and Maupe (Ronke Odunsanya) has teamed up with Lily’s evil brother to pick Aso Ebi.
From the interaction, we learn the consequences of the events of the last film: Ebi and Chuks have broken up, Mausi left Otunba, Mautin (Femi Jacobs) and Pamela (Mimi Onalaja) now have a daughter and Maugbe runs a bar. .
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Except for the apparent enmity between Lily’s brother and Mausi, everything seems to be going well until Maugbe and Chuks make a fatal mistake.
Although he is not part of the family, Otunba (Chris Iheuwa) sends his driver, Barry (MC Lively), an ATM card containing five million to the family. After collecting the card, Maugbe and Chuks are in a dilemma when they need help remembering the previous day’s events.
Realizing that the card is still with them, they pay for the hotel room and the wedding hall. Unfortunately, the ticket is sold out. This prompts Maugbe and Chuks to embark on a quest to find the missing money.
Meanwhile, Mausi meets a man (Don Jazzy) who is with her. After the meeting, he receives gifts, thinking they are from Otunba.
Everyone soon realizes Maugbe and Chuks’ mistake as they are indirectly asked to leave the hotel premises. Efforts to reach the boys are futile, as a certain Don has kidnapped the money they owe him.
The boys run away and tell their family everything that happened. They remember that they used the money to make bets in a casino.
Just when the marriage seems to be going downhill, a love interest steps in and saves the day.
Let’s start with the acting performances. Each of them brought their A-game, which is to be expected as many of the actors have appeared in various films after introducing Kuju. There was noticeable growth, especially in Sophie Alakjian, who sells the character of Lily to the audience.
Even the jokes in the film achieved their goal; they were funny The screenwriter does a great job with the dialogues; they are comical and leave us wanting more.
Based on the mesmerizing cinematography, Kuju Again optimizes its resources to create a world that compels the audience so hard to be a part of it. As a Gen-Zer, everything looked good, lighting or location.
It felt like a lot of drag. And by “it” we mean the movie. There are several scenes that defeat their purpose. For example, the reception scene went on too long; it also had one or two characters who repeated dialogue.
The unrealism of some events is another matter of the sequel, as there are several gaps in the plot. At first, we are convinced that Maugbe and Chuks have not made any memories
what happened the night before, but there is no logical reason to prove why this happened. In the flashback, we saw that they were neither drunk nor drugged when making the bets.
The Last Judgment
7/10 The Kujus Again reminds viewers of the importance of family and delivers on the comedy potential it promises.
Kujus Again is now in theaters.
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