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Following 10 days in Suncity, Ayo Makun returned with The Merry Men , a comedy and drama, at least on paper. It however fails to offer both convincingly.
Poorly constructed plots make the entire enterprise almost unnecessary to watch; this charismatic band of Merry men led by Ayo Animashaun (Ramsey Nouah) focus on taking down a dirty industrialist bent on destroying a community for selfish capitalist gain, a plot that feels like an unwieldy blend of Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins , Mark Wahlbergs’ Broken City and, more fittingly, John Singleton’s Four Brothers. The story revolves around this rich industrialist and his three friends pretending to be modern day Robin Hoods.
Add the misguided cliche B stories with his Police investigator girlfriend (Damilola Adegbite) or his sister’s forbidden love affair with his friend Naz (Jim Iyke). Or the inconsequential subplot involving his father (RMD) and a pretend heist, bookmarked with a wedding event at the end.
It all comes out uneven and unoriginal, despite the best efforts of a talented cast list. Without a comprehensible plot, Merry Men manages to entertain in disparate portions, with flowery dialogue, muffled humour and slick production values; it is a monumental merry mess.