Movie Review: ”Devil in the Detail” is Boredom in the Detail

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They say time flies when you are having fun and this is particularly true when watching a good film. Time flies so fast that before you know it, the credits starts to roll and you want to watch again. But bad films are the exact opposite, time seems too slow and the film feels like it will never end. The later is the feeling i had while watching Shirley Frimpong Manso’s Devil in the detail.

Shirley Frimpong’s sparrow production which she con-runs with Ken Attoh made the romantic comedy film ‘contract’ in 2012, with such brilliant and award winning movie, one would expect to see another mind-blowing piece from the duo but reverse is the case. Devil in the detail is boring. Yes, boring in the detail. The one and half hour romantic drama seems like i watched it all day. I stay glued to the screen wanting to know how the ending will look like and that’s the most annoying part of the story.

The 2014 romantic drama Stars; Nse Ikpe Etim, Ama Ampofo, Adjetey Anang, Mawuli Gavor and Eckow Smith-Asante. Produced by Ken Attoh and Shirley Frimpong Manso.

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The movie follows the lives of Ben Ofori (Adjetey Anang) and Helen Ofori (Nse Ikpe Etim), a high spirited couple who have everything working fine for them until the happy marriage shakens and infidelity sets in. Ben suspects his wife Helen is cheating on him because she (Helen) receives late night phone calls, text messages, even flowers were delivered to the house by an unknown person. Instead of the husband to confronts his wife, he engage in a secret romantic affair with his Personal assistant, Claudia (Ama Ampofo), a deadly little affair like he would say. The wife Helen, who also at a time cheated on her husband with his event planner, Sam (Mawuli Gavor) thinks she needed to see the husband’s before she speak up on hers.

The subject matter of this movie is sex and it keeps going throughout the entire movie right from the opening scene. But the sex scenes were craftily executed that there were hardly any nudity. The storyline is splendid but the writers failed in the construct. Ben cheats because he suspected his wife. His wife Helen cheats for no reasons if i may say (not any in the movie), is she sexually dissatisfied? is she emotionally abused? or is it an influence of peer group? (definitely no), as her character is devoid of matter. No relatives, no friends. Or did the writer just want her to cheat for cheating sake?
Ama Ampofo and Mawuli Gavor who made their first appearance in this movie did well. Their characters are impressive as they do not in anyway look like a first timer. Nse Ikpe Etim’s character fails to impress me, so also Adjetey Anang. The Newbies seemingly did better than the both veterans in interpreting their roles.
If there’s one thing i like about this movie, it is the sound. The sound quality is brilliant and the soundtracks are properly arranged.
At every few scenes, there’s a flashback at intervals, some which are not necessary or will i say not coming at the right time. The expression on Ben’s face in the office sex scene with claudia looks as if he is been forced to have sex with her.
Above all, the film lacks liveliness as the story drags too long.

Just as the beginning letter, Its a D for Devil in the detail on Yeyepikin.

Adeyinka Jamiu

Adeyinka is an associate at He's a teacher with a demonstrated history of working in the entertainment industry. Skilled in Acting and Scriptwriting.