Royal Hibiscus Hotel is Romantic and Funny
The Royal Hibiscus Hotel is a romantic comedy about a couple, Segun and Rose Adeniyi, who run a charming, but run-down hotel in Lagos, Nigeria. In desperation, Segun decides to sell the hotel without his wife’s knowledge, as a way of settling all their debts.
Their daughter, Opeoluwa, is living in London, working a dead-end job while trying to open her own restaurant. When Ope decides to return to Nigeria, Mom and Dad are elated for different reasons. Dad wants her to sign the papers to sell the hotel she is destined to inherit, while Mom can’t wait to marry her off. Meanwhile, Ope meets Deji, a charming young businessman with a secret that threatens her plans to restore the hotel’s fortunes.
Good music, Beautiful Scenery, Great Acting, Rib-cracking laughter, Colourful music, and a Brilliant Love Story is what Royal Hibiscus Hotel offers. You just have to fall in love with this film.
According to Dika Ofoma our review general, one thing that stands out for me in this film is the chemistry between the couples. My favourite couple was Segun (Jide Kosoko) and Rose (Rachel Oniga). These two share such an amazing chemistry, you’d think they were a couple in real life. Another outstanding thing about this film is the flow. The movie was paced very well that there is no boring moment. Romcom doesn’t have to be your genre to enjoy this film.
From Nonso Amadi and Odunsi’s Ocean to Johnny Drille’s Romeo and Juliet, there’s a song that goes with the mood of every scene.
I also liked the fact that the movie established that Nigerian food is exotic and can be suitable to a refined palate.
My favourite line was, ” I thought the stars have finally aligned themselves in my favour”
Favourite scene was the one with Ope and Deji (Kenneth Okoli) having dinner at the rooftop. That was magical and every shade, romantic.
And my favourite characters were Ope (Zainab Balogun) and Chika (Kemi Lala Akindoju). You assured more than a healthy dose of laughter when she appears in any scene. Zainab owned her scenes as the lead character she is.
My advice to anyone going to see this film is; go with a partner, so you can atleast have someone to hug when you get all mushy. Second advice, buy popcorn, so that you don’t drool too much when all the appetizing food comes up.
Kudos To The Executive Producer, Mo Abudu and the Director, Ishaya Bako.
By Dika Ofoma, an intern with Linjust.com