In 2016, Hollywood’s most profitable movie was an action-heavy superhero flick, the brilliant Captain America: Civil War; this year, it’s a horror-satire on race relations in America, Get Out. And both movies couldn’t be any more different.
When it comes to our own film industry, on the other hand, the results are a lot more predictable: it’s either a comedy, a comedy or another comedy.
Not your typical Nollywood comedy
So, while it only makes sense that Nollywood filmmakers would be trying to cash in on this comedy (with a dash of romance) craze, it’s good to see a lot more filmmakers adding a little something extra by going the supernatural comedy route.
The first movie we got in this vein was B.B Sasore’s Banana Island Ghost – the supernatural comedy that followed a ghost’s hilarious quest to find his soulmate in three days before he’d have to go to heaven.
The next movie, Bunmi Ajakaiye’s My Wife & I, borrows a page from one of the most popular supernatural comedy tropes: the body swap – which you should remember from the 2003 cult classic starring Lindsay Lohan, Freaky Friday.
The movie follows Ebere (Omoni Oboli) and Toyosi (Ramsey Nouah), a couple who have been married for 17 years. They hit a bump in their relationship and end up going to a pastor for counseling. After an uncomfortable prayer session, they wake up in each other’s bodies.
The third film on this roster is the upcoming Julius Agwu-led comedy, Dognapped, which features the most adorable supernatural comedy trope you can imagine: a talking animal – think the Oscar-winning Babe or the 2001 hit Cats & Dogs.
Dognapped follows an upcoming comedian, Andy (played by Tope Tedela) who forms a relationship with a talking dog, Bruno (voiced by Julius Agwu). They go on a roller-coaster ride as they conquer their fears, battle their enemies, fall in love and rise to fame.
Are there more to come?
While these three movies coming out so close together is more than enough evidence of an emerging pattern, Niyi Akinmolayan, The Wedding Party 2 director, seems to think we should expect even more.
Although the teaser for Tatu didn’t scream ‘comedy’ and the trailer for Mentally didn’t hint at a supernatural element, Niyi’s tweet suggests that both movies fall into this category as well – which makes us pretty excited.
Banana Island Ghost, My Wife and I, Tatu, Mentally. The supernatural comedies are coming. Exciting times!
— Niyi Akinmolayan (@niyiakinmolayan) July 23, 2017
This piece was first published on Konbini
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