Till now, I’m still disappointed with Umoh Imoren‘s 2018 heist movie Club, with a trailer that had Nancy Isime in a sloppy, cringe-worthy scene wherein she tells Baaj Adebule: ”So you brought a knife to a gunfight???”
That I can still remember those words shows how embarrassing and sloppy the scene was. But guess what? I’m pumped about Umoren’s The Coffin Salesman, which is one of the three movies (Dear Bayo, Lagos: Sex, Lies, and Traffic) that Umoren has lined up for release this year or next. The trailer for The Coffin Salesman has just been released and it’s a pleasant delight, a dark comedy about a coffin salesman whose life is a mess – business is bad and his wife has left him, and now he must take care of his special needs daughter while grappling with her insistence that she’s a superhero.
Kelechi Udegbe, who starred in Club as a bubbly, charismatic nightclub owner and in Lagos: Sex, Lies, and Traffic, plays the titular coffin salesman. I’m not upset that Imoren has recycled him again for this movie, alongside the talented young actress Mariam Kayode, who was cast in Umoren’s 2017 film Children of Mud. Udegbe is a decent actor we haven’t been paying much attention to, and the dark humour of The Coffin Salesman is grounded in his natural ability to be funny. ”My coffin business has taken a dip. Nobody has died lately,” he says, breaking the fourth wall.
His conversations with his daughter are gems, especially in the last scene in the trailer where he tells her that she’s getting soft after she says she loves him. Also, CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE SCENE WHERE SHE MOVES A TEACUP WITH HER MIND??? It wasn’t something I was expecting, then I remembered that Kayode’s character has declared herself as a superhero. Still, I’d like to know the source of her powers or if this is just a figment of her imagination? Either way, the trailer is already the best from Nollywood I have seen this year – cohesive, engaging, and funny without being chaotically loud.
The movie also stars Gregory Ojefua, Harry Dorgu and Lolo Eremie, and although no release date has been announced yet, Umoren can take all our money now.