My first thoughts after watching this film: Wow! What a fun movie!
I wasn’t too sure what to expect with this film. After all, it’s the first of its kind. But believe me when I say, even the most stiff people will be groovin’ in their seats! I was a fan of soca music & Caribbean culture before the movie, but now I’m hooked for life. This movie shows just how vibrant, fun & colorful the West Indies truly is. Trinidad & Tobago carnival looks like an experience of a lifetime and it’s been depicted so beautifully in this film.
This movie was actually pretty similar to a Bollywood film. Boy meets girl. Boy and girl fall in love. Boy and girl face family/societal opposition. Boy and girl fight for their love. The story was sweet & simple, but far too predictable. However, Natalie Perera as Anita Panchouri & Machel as Lee did a fantastic job in their respective roles. Their chemistry was electric! Kabir Bedi as Anita’s father also delivered a great performance.
The only downfall to this film, was its ending. It seemed a bit rushed-through and came off looking a little cheesy. Apart from that, the film was a good one time watch. It was fun, stylish & full of energy! If anything, I’d watch it again and maybe even a third time just for the music! The songs were infectious! ‘I forget’, sung by Machel Montano himself, will be stuck in your head long after the movie is over 🙂
Go watch it!
By: Jessica Thomas