Resting on pretty is a strategy, that has been known to backfire. Yvonne Okoro (Eva), a manipulator of people’s biases for the sake of friendship. But, the time of reckoning comes when her Facebook friend David, James Gardiner, asks to meet her. Eva understandably begins to doubt the sustainability of their friendship, offline.
Yvonne Nelson plays Goldie, who comes to the rescue of her sister Eva. Eva looks for an opportune time to confess her Facebook sins to David. Upon David’s arrival to Accra from London, unforeseen complications arise during Eva’s moments of hesitation.
Okoro and Nelson have great chemistry as sisters, though they share little resemblance. Also, one caveat is that the two Yvonnes have now starred in too many movies together. African filmmakers and financiers are obsessed with bankable faces, to the detriment of fans. And, Kalsoume Sinare who played the mother, had an unclear end. Ekow Smith Asante’s character had a classic problem of African movies, insufficient transition to clarify how and why his relationship with Eva evolved.
Still, Yvonne Okoro is at the top of her game. The undisputed new top actress of Ghallywood, she is definitely edging on over-exposure, as evidenced by my family’s outcry when she is on the cover of the newest releases of African movie night.
James Gardiner is a recent addition to Ghallywood, who needs more training to avoid sounding like a parrot. He still remains someone to watch; his project selection get better and better. You will know what David is thinking throughout the movie; Gardiner did a great job of showing where his character’s allegiance laid.
Falling in love with profiles is a shallow exercise that can backfire. The realities of flesh and blood will always trump the internet buzz over profiles. In the end, Best Friends reminds us that we cannot fall for profiles, but for personalities.
Starring: Yvonne Nelson, James Gardiner, Yvonne Okoro, Ekow Smith Asante