Hello! It’s your girl Mina here and I am back with another epic film review. This time, it is AMAKYE AND DEDE from KOFAS Media. KOFAS Media has been entertaining Ghanaians with their infamous BOYS KASA comedy skits for almost five years now.
Their first movie, ‘Kalybos in China‘ was a hit and now ‘Amakye and Dede‘, which is definitely another historic one.
Like I always say, my movie reviews are meant to whet your appetite, to light an unquenchable desire until you finally decide to watch or not to watch the movie. Have you ever cried and laughed at the same time while watching a movie? Well, that’s exactly what happened to me last Thursday night whilst I was watching this film.
Here is a summary of the movie:
‘AMAKYE AND DEDE’ tells the tale of two best friends; Amakye (played by Ghanaian comedian Kalybos) and Dede (played by actor Majid Michel), who have been through thick and thin. The two friends live together and work at an auto shop as mechanics. And as attractive as it is to be an auto mechanic (insert sarcasm face here) the two are also battling some financial difficulties and are forced to pretend they are doctors, lawyers, and sometimes even pilots just to get the pretty ladies to look at them.
They appear to have a perfect friendship until they both meet and fall in love with Emefa (played by Priscilla ‘Ahuofe Patri’) on the same day. Emefa is a beautiful young lady from a wealthy family who is being pressured by her typical Ghanaian mother to find a partner. Her mother (played by Grace Nortey) consults a pastor and a couple of prayer warriors to intercede on Emefa’s behalf.
The pastor’s words, “You never know in what form he may come, but he will definitely come” kept resounding in Emefa’s head, making her tolerant towards any man that approached her, including Amakye and Dede.
Upon finding out that they had fallen for the same girl, none was willing to give up. The two friends resorted to dubious pranks and tricks just to win Emefa’s heart. As the saying goes, ‘’All is fair in love and war’’, the two friends turned competitors did not miss the opportunity to ruin the other’s chance of winning Emefa’s heart.
One little detail I couldn’t help but notice while watching the film was the residence of the two friends. A lot of people may not have realized this, but let’s be practical for a moment, where in modern Ghana can two mechanics afford to live in such a building? It was well furnished with flat screen televisions and a staircase leading to the top floor. In my opinion, the producers could have used a location that perhaps matched their actual professions and situation. It does not necessarily have to be in a deprived neighborhood, but just moderate to emphasize on their present economic state. I am sure the movie was so captivating that a lot of people probably did not notice this imbalance.
In my candid opinion, it is easy to make people cry or even feel sad while watching a movie, but to make people laugh is indeed a talent that not every filmmaker has.
Kofi Asamoah’s transition from making comedy skits to romantic comedies is truly commendable and I can’t wait to see what he does next. I bet you want to see the movie after reading this and I can assure you that AMAKYE & DEDE is a movie you won’t forget easily after watching. Let’s support our own!
Movie Reviewer and Critic: Mina Nana Yaa, threesixtyGh