Patience, a virtue seemingly affordable yet undeniably priceless! What distinguishes the needy from the desperate? How ironic, when a man’s world comes crumbling down, the line between integrity and deceit becomes an instant blur even to the most upright! This, Suru L’ere nobly intends to portray.
Following the overwhelmingly impressive reviews which its predecessor Mildred Okwo and Rita Dominic’s ‘The Meeting’ deservingly garnered, expectedly ‘Suru L’ere’ had big shoes to fill, but did it meet up? Although both movies are romantic comedies their target audiences clearly differ.
Suru L’ere, switching between the urban and rural areas of Lagos State tells the story of the average struggling man whose moral values are often tested, many thanks to the hardship of the dwindling economy. Arinze’s means of survival is barely existent as he’s swallowed in debt and to make matters worse, is taunted by an egotistical bully of a boss who seemingly takes delight in making everyone else feel miserable in order to feel better.
Somewhere along the line, fate deals him a perhaps “irresistible” deal – the sum of N250,000???, through Beverly Naya (Omosigho) – (let’s be honest, that paltry sum doesn’t particularly sound IRRISISTIBLE) and somehow identity theft comes into the equation. But does Arinze yield to temptation? Does he sell his conscience or keep swimming in the pool of financial deprivation. One message Suru L’ere passes clearly – No man is different from the other when pressure mounts.
Undeniably, Audrey Silva’s ‘Suru L’ere’ has the relatability element going for it. Its plot mirrors the hardships of the common man; financial deprivation, disdain, intimidation, and also portrays the effect of emotional baggage which often leads to transferred aggression in the society.
Granted, a romantic comedy shouldn’t be taken too seriously and this romantic comedy certainly does deliver a few doses of laughter, however there are certain faults which cannot be overlooked in ‘Suru L’ere; the movie fails in its attempt to fully interpret its supposed theme – “patience” as the title does suggest and the weakness of its plot contributes in no small measure.
Exaggerated acting and forced humour are certain factors which take away from Suru L’ere as the romantic comedy tries too hard to live up the expected hilarity of its genre – Romantic “COMEDY” and this is clearly noticeable in the portrayal of certain characters (Godstime -Enyinna Nwigwe , Beauty cum landlady – both played by Kemi Lala Akindoju and Brume – Gregory Ojefua).
That said we must say Suru L’ere does have some highlights; Rita Dominic wows in an effortless unbelievable unscripted role as the akara seller while Tope Tedela impresses hearts by dumping his usual roles to play an effeminate character (Kyle Stevens Adedoyin), pulling it off with effortless finesse – he commits a hundred and one percent and it shows big time. Nonetheless, his short appearance in the movie isn’t quite justified as his character doesn’t quite tie up neatly with the existing plot. An obvious potential of his role appears somewhat untapped as he regrettably fizzles too early in the plot. A little development of his role could have been played with and brought more depth to the interpretation of the movie’s theme. He is the spice the movie snubs.
Verdict: Although the movie might have a hard time appealing to the general audience, it definitely wins the hearts of the chronic comic lovers with them rooting for it all the way!
‘Suru L’ere’ was written by Richard Odilu and directed by Mildred Okwo.