Nollywood on Q! Chief Daddy movie review

| April 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

Nollywood on Q! Chief Daddy movie review

Movie title: Chief Daddy 

Release date: December 14, 2018

Director: Niyi Akinmolayan

Cast: Joke Silva, Kate Henshaw, Funke Akindele, Nkem Owoh, Patience Ozokwor, Falz, Dakore Egbuson-Akande, Richard Mofe Damijo, Ini Edo, Zainab Balogun, Beverly Naya, Chioma Omeruah, Shaffy Bello, Linda Ejiofor

Chief Daddy is the third Nollywood movie in the history of Nigerian cinema to break the ₦300 million mark, doing so at record pace too. It is the third biggest Nollywood movie of all time. The movie is centred on the life of a very rich and generous industrialist Chief Beecroft also known as “Chief Daddy” who serves as a benefactor to everyone around him including immediate and extended family, staff and mistresses.

He dies at the beginning of the movie leaving his family members struggling for a share of his estate. Their focus on wealth rather than mourning becomes an issue. Chief Daddy’s wish was to bring the family together to organize his burial and this forced family members to put up with each other against their wishes as this would determine their share in Chief Daddy’s estate.

They eventually failed to tolerate each other and in the end, none of it really mattered.

Overall, the movie scored big comedic points with me as I found it completely hilarious. There were a lot of creatively funny scenes (if I can use those words together). The cast was star-studded with big Nollywood names giving it that A-list property that some movies lack. Seeing these stars interact seamlessly together reminded me of the first “Ocean’s 11” movie.

It was really interesting to watch Funke Akindele, Kate Henshaw, Patience Ozokwor and Nkem Owoh as they gave very good performances. However, Bisola Aiyeola and Falz took the honours for giving me the biggest laughs.

I gave the movie 5 stars on casting as there was a diverse group of actors (of both genders) complementing each other. It didn’t appear overcooked to me – like the all-ladies cast of “Ocean’s 8.” There was a good balance of talented actors who all delivered their roles very well.

The movie showed the good and bad sides of Nigerian culture, which was a plus for me. However, the conclusion needed a bit more salt. It was like eating a delicious entree only to be disappointed by the desert. I felt the ending could have been improved upon and I finished the movie feeling very slightly unsatisfied.

The overall picture was also very good, and this is where I will give kudos to some of our big Nollywood movies. There has been a lot of improvement in cinematography over the years in Nollywood, and Chief Daddy held its own.

Every good movie has its shortcomings. I think writers should be more creative with the scripts to allow the cast to shine from start to finish. As with many Nigerian movies, there were some unnecessary scenes which probably should not have made the cut and would not have compromised the substance of the move- a quality shared by the “Wedding Party” movie if you ask me.

Every actor in this movie can play a leading role in another movie, they are all accomplished actors and as such there was little room for upcoming actors in minor roles, a double-edged sword, damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

One scene that I found weird was the handling of the dying man. While it highlighted the obvious gaps in our healthcare system it made me wonder why people would call the doctor of a dying man instead of rushing him directly to the hospital.

Well, I am not a doctor but if I am in a similar situation, please rush me by ambulance to the nearest (but Good!) hospital.

Overall, it is a feel-good movie, colourful, and interesting to watch. Guaranteed laugh!! Give us your score by taking the poll below.


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