Like the adage goes, too many cooks spoil the broth. This is so true of the new romantic comedy House of Gold, produced by Ghanaian actress Yvonne Nelson. There were many stars, but only a few were able to shine.
House of Gold tells the story of Dab Ansah Williams, a high flying entrepreneur and business mogul, polygamist and socialite, who is battling cancer and has six weeks left to live, according to medical practitioners.
With the help of his long time associate and legal representative, he embarks on a mission to call all his children back home – most of whom were born out of wedlock and various illicit affairs.
The re-union proves a little more than everyone bargained for as each child returns with an agenda, setting the stage for the most hilarious and bizarre seven days of their lives.
The movie stars Majid Michel, Eddie Watson, Yvonne Nelson, Luckie Lawson, Umar Krupp, and Nigerian musicians Omawumi Megbele, Mercy Chinwo and Ice Prince Zamani.
While Omawumi put up a spirited performance akin to her usual witty and charismatic self, Ice Prince looked lost and clueless in the movie. His mechanical acting gave him away as he appeared to be too conscious of his lines and the camera.
This was the first time I had seen Omawumi and Ice Prince in a movie. His song, Aboki was also part of the soundtrack and well, it was played only when he made an appearance in the movie, typical?
Surprisingly, the often comedic Majid Michel gave the strongest performance in the movie although his character wasn’t comical. He played the role of the eldest son of the house in a rather mature and believable manner.
Yvonne Nelson’s character was rather too flaky and can be remembered for what she wore more than anything else, while Luckie Lawson acted rather amateurish for an actress of her calibre.
In the true comedic sense of the movie, the biggest star of the movie was John Bosco, a character played by Nigerian actor Francis Odega. Playing the stereotyped role of a nosy African “house boy”, he was able to sustain the laughter when the movie seemed buffeted by winds.
Overall, House Of Gold has a lot of good laugh-out-loud moments which make up for the not too impressive acting and fickle storyline. Not exactly a collector’s item but a good movie to see with the family or with friends.