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Disconnect: The Wedding Planner Review – a long, confusing and disappointing offer

January 14, 2023

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We review the Netflix movie Disconnect: The Wedding Planner, which contains no spoilers.

Directed by award-winning filmmaker David ‘Tosh’ Gitonga (famous for Nairobi half-life), the Nigerian romantic comedy Disconnect: The Wedding Planner is a sequel to the 2018 Kenyan film Disconnect. In this iteration of the series, the group of young drama-loving Nairobi residents attempt to make an investor’s dream wedding a reality. The film features most of the original cast, including Pascal Tokodi, Brenda Wairimu, Catherine Kamauand Brian Ogola. veteran actor Wale Ojo makes a small but funny appearance.

Sign Out: The Wedding Planner Review and Plot Summary

Disconnect: The Wedding Planner begins with Otis, our protagonist, breaking the heart of a young woman he was dating by making it clear to her that he is not interested in a serious relationship. What interests him, however, is getting some investment from his Nigerian friend, Dale, who is busy planning his wedding to Rita. Desperate to save his dying business, Otis promises to curate a destination Yoruba wedding for Dale in the seaside town of Mombasa. Of course, the wedding planner Otis hired to help disappears with all his money, which means the poor playboy is forced to go to the resort and plan the event himself.

There are a lot of characters introduced in this movie, which makes it a bit difficult to follow. Otis, the protagonist, is a divorced commitment phobic and the mother of his child hates him (probably for cheating on her too much.) Then there’s TK, a successful businesswoman and the main love interest of the protagonist, who continues to reject his advances because she knows he has commitment issues. Their friends, Celine and Richard, have been dating for four years, but they seem to argue constantly and are in therapy. Unfortunately, their therapist is more than useless. Otis’ best friend and business partner, Khalid, has had enough of our hero’s poor business acumen. And their other friend, Judy, just found out her fiancé was cheating, so she spends a good chunk of the movie looking sad.

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When Otis finds out he’s been scammed, the scene mirrors the exact moment poor Judy finds out she’s been cheated on, with the film trying to suggest there’s even a distant similarity between these two events of life. Otis responds to the news by getting drunk at work and dancing inappropriately in the middle of his office. July, meanwhile, deals with her fiancé’s infidelity by sleeping with her best friend’s boyfriend.

The main problem with this film is that it tries to tell too many stories without really telling them. Characters are introduced and then quickly dropped, plot points remain unresolved, and too many scenes are over-dramatized. There is little rhyme or reason to the way this group of people act. And there are a lot of screams. People get it wrong left, right and center, most of these people are not friendly and something as simple as choosing the type of wedding cake causes a real fight.

Disconnect: The Wedding Planner on Netflix is ​​it any good?

As someone unfamiliar with Kenyan or Nigerian cultures, I found the clothing, the food displayed, and the wedding scenes captivating. Despite its flaws, the film offers a lot of valuable information and is set in the breathtaking setting of Monbasa. Sure, this film is overly long and confusing, the acting is underwhelming, and the ending is a little infuriating, but setting it in a scenic location and educating the viewer elevates the viewing experience just enough to make it mildly entertaining. Especially if you broadcast it in the cold season.

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