From the makers of comedic ‘PayDay’ – Barbadian thriller “Two Smart,” Two Clever by far!
This movie is not for heart murmur patients on Digitalis, nor should asthma folk be watching as they may gasp too much, this film is that intense – this is a story crafted by a young Hitchcock in the making… “Two Smart” is centred on a couple who were in love, then they were not – why? This is what a young teenaged drifter seems to want to discover, but what is HER story? This is what folks need to head to the Olympus and ascertain for themselves!
Once inside, I did get a laugh, as many suspect, it appears LIME has significant shares in the facility. Imagine my surprise and amusement when I viewed a trailer encouraging patrons to use the Cineplex for corporate or charity events and the number to call was a Digicel prefix? 266-1275 😀
Another trailer which had me confused was the Nfused Tropical Wines, not their spelling, it was the choice of music! I expected Norman Bates, Michael Myers, Freddie Kruger or Jason Voorhees to do a product endorsement on the wine, especially for making Sangria (blood in Spanish)? The music was way too creepy!
So after the commercials, finally, we get into the stars of the moment… “Two Smart” establishes characters almost as it begins; George Gill as the fumbling, bumbling husband to Alison Hinds‘ snarling and materialistic Marjorie, was expertly done – especially since I knew George from 2007 when he was the super cool Ital Bajan strumming in Fiji… (George had the best line in the movie, a popular Bajan phrase which was fully understandable as a vital plot twist presented itself) The film occurs when Barbados thought itself under siege from Tropical Storm Chantal, not yet a Hurricane and everyone nervous on being weather-prepared after the close brush with Tomas in 2010.
Just be aware there is a potential spoiler in the interview with Cast & Crew video – this is when I asked Saran Lashley about her portrayal as Desiree (with 2 E’s, there’s a reason I say so LOL), if anything go and see the movie, then come back and watch the featurette?
What I enjoyed about the movie apart from seeing another Bajan drama (like Hit For Six), was Alison Hinds doing like Frank Sinatra when he shunned song in his Tony Rome detective films and of course his initial breakaway from music with “From Here To Eternity,” when he wanted to see if he can do more than carry a tune but to choose films which allowed a serious side to emerge. If I had never heard of Alison until this movie, I would never have thought she could sing at all! Her character was gritty and a love for speed at the wrong moment…
There was sponsorship for this film in the fact Grillicious (also at Sheraton like Olympus) provided support in a clever way, their van was a key prop in the entire film! Will I go in one of their vans in future? I would eat their foods but I will stay far from the inside of one of those vehicles, if you want to know why then go and see “Two Smart,” running for the next two weeks (initial period – don’t forget PayDay started at a fortnight too, yet was eventually 13 weeks before going DVD, no other Bajan film was so successful) at the Olympus Theatre, just verify by calling 266-1275! 😉