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Lucky review – spirited Ghanaian romcom captures the social media age | Film

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Here is a vibrant, idiosyncratic portrait of Ghanaian youth, bursting with wisecracks and a boyish restlessness. There’s an amateurish shakiness to the visuals, however the movie overcomes this with a number of allure and an innate understanding of its younger topics.

College pupil Fortunate (Kumi Obuoabisa) is a idler who perpetually borrows cash from his hardworking mom and enjoys a minor sort of social media fame. His display screen – and the movie’s display screen – lights up with notifications each minute. To his shock, he secures a date with beautiful on-line “it woman” Nuttifafa (Jane Efya Awindor) however with no cash to his title, Fortunate calls on his pal Wadaada (Solomon Fixon-Owoo Jr), a hustler who prides himself on with the ability to promote something. Collectively the pair attempt to unload a MacBook laptop computer, a seemingly uncomplicated process that entangles them with harmful criminals.

As of late, movies about youth and social media are a dime a dozen however only a few of them perceive how younger folks truly speak on such platforms. The power of Fortunate is that it captures completely the banality of somebody sliding into your DMs and is laugh-out-loud humorous in its relatability. In a supporting half, Fixon-Owoo proves to be the actual star. Wadaada’s varied hustling schemes are amusing, however the character’s frustration along with his conservative father lends an actual depth to what may have been a caricature.

The laddish perspective of Fortunate’s leads is jarring and at instances uncomfortable; of their world, girls appear to be both a nuisance or a prize. Maybe such portraits are an indictment of younger male behaviour on this age of fast-food romance. However provided that the scenes are sometimes performed for laughs, Fortunate crosses the dangerously skinny line between satire and easy sexism.

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