Two women who have had several conflicts in the past find themselves at loggerheads again when they establish food businesses in the same vicinity.
Things reach a violent climax when it dawns on neighbours that the women will take the battle to any length.
I lowered my expectations before seeing this and looked forward to it as Funke Akindele said it was her farewell to Nollywood. I ended up disappointed.
Battle On Buka Street is a messy, repetitive comedy that didn't have to be as long as it is.
Despite its talented lead stars and a resonating theme, the film wallows in the predictable cycle of exaggerated antics that keep plaguing the comedy genre in the Nigerian movie industry.
Funke Akindele amazed me in Omo Ghetto: The Saga but here she seems to be a shadow of herself and was almost outshined by her co-star Mercy Johnson.
For Johnson, she works with a mediocre script; the result is a character who is arguably the most engaging but whose arc (which was supposed to be a big deal in the final act) is executed off-camera.
Nkem Owoh is a sight for sore eyes and the acting veteran does evoke laughter without trying to at times.
For the better part of the film, we are treated to several acts of buffoonery all in the name of comedy.
The unexpected tonal shift to drama threw me off guard but just when it seemed to work well in advancing the plot and developing the characters, the outlandish humour returns, climaxing in a rather abrupt ending that made me ask if it deliberately sets up a potential sequel.
In terms of technicality, Battle On Buka Street pales in comparison to some of Nollywood's best.
The set pieces are okay and the scene transitions are nothing special but the indoor scenes lacked the expected creativity.
As I mentioned earlier, this movie has resonating themes which Nigerians need to be reminded of, especially at a time when we are on the precipice of deciding our nation's fate in the forthcoming election.
Besides the above, Battle On Buka Street is yet another forgettable comedy in the long list of comedies Nollywood keeps churning out.