Cold Feet is a 2019 Nollywood drama produced and directed by Moses Inwang. Screenplay is by Diche Enunwa and Temitope Bolade-Akinbode. It stars Jim Iyke, Joselyn Dumas, Enyinna Nwigwe and Beverly Naya, with Padita Agu, Segun Arinze, Femi Adebayo Salami and Caroline Ekanem. You can find the movie on Netflix.

Plot

The movie follows two couples at a resort – Omoye and Tare are a married couple celebrating their anniversary and Tare is a man who wants to propose to his girlfriend, Temi. It turns out that Tare and Omoye have history, and don’t seem to have gotten over each other. 

Should have just gone with Juju

Imagine this is how the story ends. Omoye and Tare restart their affair, and Mayowa and Temi find out. Mayowa, heartbroken and betrayed, does juju to kill the lovers, or just uses that gun of his. Temi also goes to do juju, but they tell her Mayowa already took care of it. Robbed of her revenge, Temi gets a love potion for Mayowa instead. They live happily ever after.

This is not how the story ends. The way it ends is so unsatisfying and unrealistic, you’ll be wishing for our own version. The conflict resolution will have you thinking “Wait, that’s it?” Everything just sort of sorts itself out. It’s the Nollywood curse at play – if a movie has a good ending, the industry might collapse overnight. It would have been better if Cold Feet had abruptly ended while they were still in the resort. Everything just fades to black and To be continued in part two appears on the screen. It hurts because the movie was exciting, thanks to the anticipation of the consequences the characters would face. 

Tell-not-show 101

There is the usual problem of poor dialogue, but it’s not a big one. The actors did a pretty good job, but there’s a serious issue. The actors are great at portraying their characters – Jim Ikye as the loving, bubbly husband who can be a little irritating in an endearing way, Joselyn Dumas as a dynamic but confused human being, Enyinna Nwigwe as a man with enough audacity to power a city, and Beverly Naya as the desperate to marry girlfriend. But when it’s time for Joselyn Dumas and Enyinna Nwigwe to prove how much passion their characters have for each other, the movie decides to tell, not show. Omoye and Tare go on and on about their chemistry, not an element of which we see in the movie. Instead we get some bad voice overs and a speech describing the intense passion.

Infidelity never looked so good

We have to give the crew props for making the movie so visually-appealing. Cold Feet boasts some pretty impressive cinematography. A noteworthy scene is the pool scene – they managed to make infidelity look glamorous.

Who got cold feet?

The movie was okay at first. Their premise was solid, they created tension and had us excited for the storm to hit. But when it was time for realistic consequences and difficult reconciliations, the producers got cold feet and just went with a Nollywood ending. The industry is safe.

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