Lara and the Beat Movie Plot and Review
Given the publicity that has gone ahead and the lineup of people who worked on this project, we approach Lara and the Beat with our breaths held. We expect to be blown away. But Lara and the Beat is unable to make a home run with its story, with the way it develops, the way it climaxes (or not), and the way it resolves.
First of all, I was absolutely wowed by Seyi Shay’s performance. For a debut lead role, her performance wasn’t bad at all. Vector the Viper wasn’t bad either. There was quite an improvement from his performance in the last movie he acted in. Somkele and Lala Akindoju lived up to expectations as the professional actors that they are, so even though the story was weak, the acting somewhat made up for.
Lara and the Beat is a coming of age movie about the young and beautiful Giwa sisters caught in the centre of a financial scandal caused by their uncle with their late parents’ Media Empire. They lose everything, including the roof over their heads. Having been rejected by friends, they are forced to live with Patience, their housekeeper, and her family. The situation the sisters found themselves made it a must to learn how to build their own future through music and enterprise to salvage their family’s past.
The confusion started setting in as it was shown in a one scene that Mr Beats is seen saving a rich guy from touts; in another, he is seen working as a hired driver; in another, he is recording in a studio and when his boss walks in, he quickly picks a trash bag and pretends to be cleaning the room; in another, he is riding quite an expensive bike; and in another scene, he is relaxing in a posh house which he owns.
It’s not certain what his job at this record label is. Is he pretending to be a cleaner in a record label while waiting for his big break in the music industry? Or is he a millionaire, who just has a thing for chauffeuring and keeping his environment clean? Anyway, Lara and Beat officially become friends when they meet at the studio, and for some reason which we never really understand, he claims to hold an important position in the company.
Not only is Mr Beat the only confusing character of the movie but lots more such as Fadekemi (Uche Jombo) who was first introduced immediately after Dara is booted out of the office building by ILRS. Fadekemi, a friend of their Uncle who played a part in their ruin, is waiting in her car, and Dara, who had arrived the company in a different car, joins her. She introduces herself to Dara as a friend of the family who wants to help. There are questions here: Who exactly is Fadekemi? How and why does Dara just zoom away in a stranger’s car? And even after the credits roll, we never understand who Fadekemi is, her obsession with the Giwa media empire, and why she even had to be in the film.
While the younger sister who appears to be a bit sensible, Dara, tries to fix things even though we never see her actively make any move. Lara thwarts her effort. In a particular scene, she is mad at Lara for ‘selling the company into corporate shock. This is after Fadekemi approached a desperate Lara, offering to help. Now, the viewers aren’t exactly let in on what they discussed during this meeting, but considering the fact that Lara has been projected as an air head who is only obsessed with being a star and wearing expensive designers. It’s difficult to understand how she’s familiar enough with the business to make such a move.
As a couple, We weren’t shown any memorable moment between Lara and Beat as people had anticipated. There’s absolutely no chemistry. As Mr Beat, Vector fails to embody the charm and sophistication you so desperately think his ‘enigmatic’ character deserves.His bland delivery of his lines begs the question: Why was he cast for the role?
It is evident that a lot went into this production, and the movie is pleasant to at, with cinematography and color grading that gives your mind peace and make up and costume that gets you in your feelings. The sound is great too, and with original music compositions, we get to love Seyi Shay and Vector as the musicians that they are. If all of this flashy aesthetics were meant to distract from the hurried storytelling and ungrounded characters, afraid to say it didn’t quite work.
While I can’t say much for the remaining Nigerian movies making their ways to the cinema, but I can say, that Lara and the beat dropped the beat on this one and it wasn’t in a good way.
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Lara and the Beat Full Cast
Lara and the Beat was written by the trio of John-Arthur Ingram, Kay I. Jegede, Pearl Osibu and directed by Tosin Coker. Below are the full cast of the movie.
Ademola Adedoyin as Wale Ladejobi
Kemi Lala Akindoju as Tonye
Chioma Chukwuka Akpotha as Aunty Patience (as Chioma Chukwuka)
Saidi Balogun as Chairman of Board
Demi Banwo as Tonye’s Agent Boyfriend
Shaffy Bello as Jide’s Mom
Anne Icha as Nana
Chinedu Ikedieze as Big Chi
Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama as Dara Giwa
Uche Jombo as Fadekemi West
Bimbo Manuel as Uncle Richard
Akah Nnani as G Diddy
Folu Ogunkeye as Tina
Wale Ojo as Uncle Tunde
Deyemi Okanlawon as Cashflow
Tolu Olusoga as Store Owner
Sharon Ooja as Ngozi
Seyi Shay as Lara Giwa
Toni Tones as Trish
Vector the Viper as Sal ‘Mr Beats’ Gomes
D.J. Xclusive as Jid
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