If you are looking for a typical modern Nigeria Nolly-wood movie with artistic writing that is full of comics, romance, and lots of emotional display, “The Royal Hibiscus Hotel” will definitely get you that. The movie purely shows how some rich people in our society live their lives, just like the saying the rich also cries.
The parent of Ope (Zara Balgoun), Rose (Rachael Oniga) and Segun ( Jide Kosoko) wanted their daughter to come home and get married, but Ope was so focused on her career as a chef and wanted to open her own restaurant in London. However, the chance for her to get her own restaurant started was refused, and her wannabe chief chef was always getting her exasperated.
On the other hand, Deji (Kenneth Okolie) is a real estate investor with his friend Martin (Deyemi Okanlawon), who has helped him identify that TRHH is for sale and he is interested in buying off the hotel from Ope’s parents.
TRHH shows that both career and love can both work arm in arm without harming or getting hurt on the way. Ope loves her career but not that she does want to get married but need to wait for the right time to come before she falls in love.
Much can be made from the movie, Deji met Ope first at the airport without knowing he was going to meet her again at THHH but thanks to the fate that brought them back together, Deji clearly fell in love with Ope creating a romantic moment in the movie. The movie would have been perfect if not a few errors, but note these errors are so bijou that you won’t observe it.
The movie is beautiful except for some shortcomings. Nollywood Filmmakers are used to putting Nolly-wood legendaries in a cameo, the likes of Joke Silva and Olu Jacobs should have played some very important role other than the role they were used for in the movie.
With the above said, the scene of bumping into someone before actually meeting them to become friends is now really getting boring in movies these days, and another route should be taking to make people meet than just taking bumps at each other.
The comic aspect of the secretary (Kemi Lala Akindoju ) trying to lure Deji is annoying, and the actor in that role doesn’t deserve to be in that role, she messed the job up wasn’t funny to watch, I feel the writers should have done better than that in that aspect of the movie to create a unique view other than taking the easy route.
But in all, I am still going to score this movie very high because the quality of the picture is superb, and the editing and directing are astonishing. I must confess lots of money was also spent to shoot the London scenes and then coming back to Nigeria Lagos to pull the rest. I must say a big kudos to the movie writer and the director because this is beyond average.
So because of this, I am scoring the royal hibiscus hotel 8/10.