I’ve always loved movies because they take us on the wildest adventures we least expect and to places we never thought existed. Some movies not only take us to wonderland but they make us wonder about life. Movies are indeed a reflection of our lives.
Let’s just say, I had an amazing time last Friday at the premiere of ‘Rebecca’ on Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) campus and I couldn’t wait to share it with you all. I will try my best to not give away too much for those of you who have yet to see the movie. Here is a gist to tease you a little. As the movie began, you could literally feel the charged atmosphere in the packed auditorium. The fact that it was a two-character movie did not affect the audience turnout. Both students of the GIJ and the general public came in their numbers to watch ‘Rebecca’, a film, which has been the talk of the town for a while before premiering at our school.
The movie is about a newlywed couple whose marriage had been arranged. The husband, Clifford, played by actor Joseph Benjamin, is rich, ‘successful’ and full of himself. He drives a four-wheel car and uses an iPhone. It is clear that he represents modernity and everything that can be associated with ‘success’ and wealth. On the other hand, the wife Rebecca, played by actress Yvonne Okoro, is a simple village girl, dressed in an old fashioned ‘kaba and slit’. She symbolizes our old belief system and tradition. She seemed naïve in the earlier part of the movie but showed us a different side later on.
For the first fifteen minutes or so, Rebecca sits in complete silence as Clifford mumbles on and on about their present fate. She does not utter a word. Of course, since they are stuck with each other in the middle of the road, the invisible walls begin to collapse. They reach a mutual ground as Rebecca begins to talk and care for Clifford’s wounds after being bitten by an unknown animal.
They reminisced about their youthful days in the village and she reminded him of the times they used to play together. Eventually, opposites attract and modernity merge with the ancient. You can imagine the atmosphere in the auditorium when the two ended up on the bonnet of the car.
As the movie progressed, I couldn’t help but think that every move Rebecca made was deliberate, calculated to perhaps ensnare her newly wedded husband. In the end, her true intentions were revealed but it was too late. She had already wrecked Clifford’s defenses, making him vulnerable. Clifford, being the gentleman that he is, forgives her despite all the atrocities she had committed (like I said earlier, this movie review is meant to tease not to tell you everything that occurred so this is all you are going to get from me).
Now here are my thoughts about the film. Shirley not only applied humor to arrest the audience’s attention but also expressed the beauty of sexuality, which many Ghanaians are not so quick to embrace. She did not reveal too much to make the sex scene look profane, but just enough to let the audience get the import of what was going on.
‘Rebecca’ is a story of love and forgiveness. It explores the current struggle between ancient and modern times. ‘The movie had its flaws; some scenes would jump to the next making it difficult to follow but the chemistry between the characters overshadowed those loose ends. The movie echoes the saying that ‘no man is an island’. We all need someone just like in the end Clifford needed Rebecca. This movie emphasis on the possibility of fusing ancient with modernity and that’s why every Ghanaian needs to watch it.
And there you have it, ladies and gentlemen. I highly recommend you see this film. A job well done Shirley Frimpong Manso, Yvonne Okoro, and Joseph Benjamin.
Until next time.
Movie Reviewer and Critic: Mina Nana Yaa, threesixtyGh