One thing I find really exciting is seeing how a story that should have been “cliche” becomes “different” due to a few creative tweaks. This story is such.
Who Lived At Number 6 is a movie that tells the story of Dima Okorie aka Didi, a young lady who has just moved out of her somewhat problematic apartment into a new and seemingly peaceful one. She is happy about this development as she looks forward to having a sound sleep (one that appears she has not had in a while). While she is at it, she hears a loud and continuous bang on her door and rushes to get it. Without looking through her peephole, she opens her door and gets poured a bucket of water by another lady; a total stranger, who goes ahead to warn her to steer clear of a man. Didi is flabbergasted by this event, especially because she has just moved into this apartment and has no idea who the former tenant was. She goes out the next day to narrate this experience to her two close friends: Temi and Aminadab who are also really surprised. As the plot progresses we see that unforeseen occurrences become a norm in Didi’s house. If it’s not a woman coming to pour water on her, it’s a mother bringing her pregnant child, a stripper coming in a gift box, or a woman dressed in full wedding regalia. It is literally from one drama to another, until she grows a strong distaste for going home. In the midst of all of this, Aminadab’s boss Akinfemi Gomez aka Femi who is a hardcore but retired womanizer finds Didi interesting and moves to her. Didi on the other hand retaliates this attention and they begin dating. She tells him about the crazy things that happen in her house and she begins to spend more time at his. A little more into the plot and we see that the clues of this mystery man who lived in number 6 match that of Didi’s lover, Femi. He also finds out soon and this leads to the eventual end of their relationship.
As I have said earlier, this story is commendable because it does wonders with what should have been ordinary. However, it does not do this without loopholes. For example, the storyline does not correlate with the reality of its setting in scenes where Didi hears knocks on her door AT NIGHT and opens without looking to confirm who it is. Haaaaa! For this Lagos? Even when someone knocks during the day, you’ll want to confirm that it is someone you know before opening, not to talk about hearing such a loud and at night? Leemao! And this happens from her very first night at the apartment.
Another funny occurrence is how she not only opens her door without checking her peephole, but she also invites these strange women in. Well, to be fair, she is a humanitarian who donates pads for incarcerated women, so it may not be far-fetched that she opens her door to literally any woman. Still, this is careless. The most annoying event has to be her encounter with the stripper. Like how in the world would you let someone come to your house and run you street? Omoooooooooo!
The acting was good. Well, except for Abimbola Craig missing out one emotion or expression, and the ladies who played Femi’s girlfriends having weird expressions, the acting was good. Especially with the Inegbenebor Osereme who played Temi, and Seun Ajayi who played Kunle. I totally enjoyed how they executed their roles.
Styling! OMG! Whoever was in charge of that is an absolute genius! every single character was given life and made a distinct personality simply by what they wore. That was amazing!
Also, this movie had some interesting time stamps that just made the story more relatable. For example, Didi alluding to Thanos while taking with Femi. Didi and her girls considering the NIN ban on unregistered numbers as a possible reason for why Femi is unreacheable. And Didi emphatically saying “ewoeeeee” when she gets the email she has been looking forward to throughout the course of the movie.
Something in this movie that I’ll want to look at though, is the structure of relationships. Kunle, Femi’s friend is clearly a self-seeking parasite who tries to continue carrying out his escapades through Femi because he is married, and with a kid, but Femi is single. He pushes this agenda so much that he doesn’t realize when it became detrimental to the happiness of Femi. For Didi, her two close friends are typical. But maybe too typical for her good. Especially Temi who is a hard supporter of her love story, so much that she does not leave room for objectivity even when things go south. Finally Aminadab. I’m not sure what was aimed to be achieved by that character, but her bleakness definitely came off oddly.
Next is the effect people’s actions can have on the mental states of people. Akinfemi Gomez is a chronic player who has caused heartbreak for so many Lagos women and only stops his “nefarious activities” when one of his “victims” attempts suicide. He moves on and in less than a week meets the ‘love of his life. He does not see the damage that he has done to people until it comes back haunting his shot at happiness. However, the lady who attempted suicide because of him is still struggling with a mental health that seems to keep deteriorating. She becomes more delusional and goes on to plan a whole wedding without hearing from her supposed groom. Yet, he has moved on from that situation.
Finally, what in the name of a resolution happened between Didi and Femi? please I need answers.
That is all for this review.
See you, catch you later!,