Movies reviewed this week: Waikiki, Together Together, and Eyimofe (This Is My Desire).
4/12/2021: Waikiki (2020): ***1/2
I think maybe the power of this movie lies in the fact that it’s not allegorical? Our childhood trauma is part of us; intercutting the narrative with the pain isn’t an allegory, it’s just a truth we can’t usually see. The past informs the present. Chris Kahunahana is just making that more palpable.
4/13/2021: Together Together (2021): ****
Easily the most wholesome movie I’ve seen in ages, which may say more about me than anything else. Sweet, touching, uses all the rom-com tropes in the service of a platonic friendship. Sort of the remedy to When Harry Met Sally.
Bonus points for ripping Woody Allen a new one.
4/17/2021: Eyimofe (This Is My Desire) (2020): ****
Sharply human, and humane. The particulars are rooted in Lagos but that’s a pair of universal stories.