Disconnect: The Wedding Planner Review

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It tries to tell too many stories without actually telling them. Characters are introduced and then quickly dropped, plot points remain unresolved, and too many scenes are overly dramatized. There is little point or purpose in the way this group of people behave.

We’re reviewing the Netflix movie Disconnect: The Wedding Planner no spoilers.

Directed by the award-winning filmmaker David “Tosh” Gitonga (known for Half Life of Nairobi), the Nigerian rom-com Separate: The Wedding Planner is a sequel to the 2018 Kenyan film Separate. In this iteration of the series, the group of young drama-loving Nairobi residents try to make an investor’s dream wedding a reality. The film features most of the original cast, including Pascal Tokodi, Brenda Wairimu, and Catherine Kamauand Brian Ogola. Experienced actor Whale Ojo makes a small but entertaining appearance.

Disconnect: The Wedding Planner Review and Plot Summary

Separate: The Wedding Planner begins with Otis, our leading man, who breaks the heart of a young woman he was dating by making it painfully clear that he is not interested in a serious relationship. What interests him, however, is an investment made by his Nigerian friend Dale, who is busy planning his marriage to Rita. To save his dying company, Otis promises to arrange a destination Yoruba Wedding for Dale in the coastal town of Mombasa. Of course, the wedding planner that Otis hired to help disappears with all his money, meaning the poor playboy is forced to travel to the beach resort and plan the event himself.

There are many characters introduced in this film, which makes it a bit difficult to keep up. Otis, the protagonist, is a divorced attachmentphobe and his child’s mother hates him (presumably because he cheated on her too much). Then there’s TK, a successful businesswoman and the protagonist’s main love, who keeps turning down his advances because of her, knowing he has commitment issues. Her friends Celine and Richard have been a couple for four years, but they seem to fight constantly and are in therapy. Unfortunately, her therapist is beyond useless. Otis’ best friend and business partner Khalid is fed up with our hero’s bad business sense. And her other friend, Judy, just found out her fiancé was cheating, so she spends a lot of the movie being sad.

When Otis finds out he’s been cheated on, the scene mirrors the exact moment poor Judy finds out she’s been cheated on, with the film trying to suggest that there is even a remote resemblance between these two life events. Otis responds to the news by getting drunk at work and inappropriately dancing in the middle of his office. July, on the other hand, deals with her fiancé’s infidelity by sleeping with her best friend’s boyfriend.

The main problem with this film is that it tries to tell too many stories without actually telling them. Characters are introduced and then quickly dropped, plot points remain unresolved, and too many scenes are overly dramatized. There is little point or purpose in the way this group of people behave. And there’s a lot of screaming. People cheat left, right and centre, most of these people are unsympathetic, and something as simple as choosing the type of wedding cake leads to a real catfight.

Is Disconnect: The Wedding Planner good on Netflix?

As someone unfamiliar with Kenyan or Nigerian culture, I found the clothing, the food on display and the wedding scenes captivating. Despite its shortcomings, the film offers many valuable insights and is set against the stunning backdrop of Monbasa. Sure, this flick is too long and confusing, the acting is underwhelming, and the ending is a bit annoying, but placing it in a quaint location and enlightening the viewer elevates the viewing experience just enough to make it mildly entertaining. Especially if you stream it in the cold season.

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