Film Review: Gone Too Far

 

 

 

Written by Jide (Black Cinema club)
05.10.14

Once in a while a film comes along that you not only enjoy but you almost completely resonate with. A movie that you feel the writer must’ve been given part of the script of one’s own life experiences.

Director, Destiny Ekaragha’s “Gone Too Far” is one such movie that touched almost every nerve of familiarity. Siting, watching and listening to this movie, was a divine pleasure.

Set in the suburban streets of Peckham, south East London, one of the most densely populated GTF---LadiesOnParkBenchareas in London for Nigerians, “Gone Too Far” tells the story of two estranged brothers forced to become reacquainted with one another.

Ikudayisi played by O.C. Ukeje, returns to settle back in London after his long hiatus abroad in Nigerian, his country of origin. He arrives with his broad Nigerian accent where his mother, played by Golda John’s encourages her two siblings to reacquaint themselves with each other. Ikudayisi’s younger brother Yemi, played by Malachi Kirby, is British raised and about to be tested on day one of his older brother’s arrival. Little does he realise he’s about to endure a day from hell.

Cultural naivety, teenage crush, intra-cultural conflict and stereotyping all receive attention in this cleverly scripted, almost flawlessly performed feature film adaptation of Bola Agbaje’s 2007 play.

“the writer almost seamlessly fuses both the English and Yoruba languages in some of the scenes, and that simply gives the film the authenticity of a genuine Afro-British household.” Said a viewer

It’s hilariously funny, deliciously thought provoking, superbly produced and is a must see for all.

 

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Written by Donna Dowe
03.10.14

‘Gone too far’ is a family comedy set in London about two brothers, YEMI (desperate to win the affections of his dream girl, and  Ikudayisi, fresh from Nigeria) . Ikudayisi wants to bond with his younger brother, but Yemi has other ideas.

The film follows their journey as they get into scraps and scrapes. ‘Gone too far’ has a slapstick Mum_Got-SonbytheEar_smlltone to it. The writer’s voice is strong. There is an obvious subtext, as the writer attempts to tackle identity among people of African descent. There were several humorous moments; however, many jokes were spoken in Yoruba, which meant that they were lost in translation for non-speakers. The film lagged, slightly in the second half as it failed to change direction early enough. Overall, the writer and director have done a good job at bringing a fresh urban comedy, set in London, which is about issues other than guns, drugs and violence.

Well worth seeing!