*Tap or press on underlined slangs for translations*OyaOkay gather here for a selfie if like me, you couldn’t wait to watch Chief Daddy after all the rave about it.
The movie was directed by Niyi Akinmolayan and produced by Mo Abudu. It featured…actually never mind. It’s easier to list who it didn’t feature, because kilode?why? All of Nollywood was in the movie, which almost made it a chaotic mess. Imagine our favorite, Bisola Aiyeola, had one little non-talking scene, which she still managed to make funny as hell, but that’s besides the point. Before we blinked, fiam,just like that she was out of our screens!
I know you still want to know, so here are a few of many that were on the cast – Patience Ozokwor, Nkem Owoh (his expressions alone are enough to get me laughing), Kate Henshaw-Nuttal (our slim and slender aunty that has refused to age), Richard Mofe-Damijo, Joke Silva, Taiwo Obileye, Bisola Aiyeola (my favorite of course), Dakore Egbuson, Funke Akindele (aka Jenifa) , Zainab Balogun (my other favorite!), Shaffy Bello (our ever stylish mama), Ini Edo, Linda Ihuoma-Suleiman, Falz, Mawuli Gavor, Beverly Naya (she was so cute with Mawuli), and there was even more!
My ratings for the Chief Daddy movie: Overall 5/10, Storyline 2/10, Acting 8/10, Cinematography 9/10.
Three things I loved about the movie. 1) It was good comedy, and laughter is such good medicine for the soul. I laughed so hard, I woke up my sleeping infant twice. 2) Acting was good, because hello, they used the best of Nollywood. 3) Picture quality was good.
What I didn’t like. If you’re on social media, you’ve already heard that the movie’s storyline sucks. As in, it was majorly flat. There were so many opportunities to elevate the story or add unexpected twists and dimensions, but nope…didn’t happen. Beyond the floppy storyline and unrealistic ending that made no sense, here are 5 subtle messages I saw in the movie, that made me cringe.
- Infidelity by a man is tolerated. So Chief Daddy dies in the first scene “or so” of the movie, and his lawyer gathers his family and concubines for a meeting based on instructions in his will. The way it was played out, infidelity was presented as normal and permissible. It annoyed me because this is a real issue, and many women (and men) are hurting because of infidelity.
- A man can make decisions without his wife. As per head of his household shenanigans, abi?right? So we find out Sisi Ice cream is not Chief Daddy’s girlfriend, but is actually his adopted child. Like that’s supposed to make the situation better? No it doesn’t, because it left me wondering why Chief Daddy’s wife was not aware that he had adopted not a puppy, but a whole entire human being?!
- Disrespecting your subordinates is okay. There were two instances where people slapped their subordinates. I’m talking the kind of slap that will reset your brain. First, Madam Pat slapped Chief Daddy’s gate man up and out of his sleep. Then Ekanem, one of Chief Daddy’s concubines, slapped her gate man when it took him too long to open the gate for her. No ma’ams, learn to express yourselves with your words. I guess it was intended to be part of the comedy, but I didn’t find it funny at all.
- It is okay to chicken out of owning your mistakes. The beginning of the movie painted an image of Chief Daddy being a man that many people looked up to, especially his family and staff. But my level of respect for him went down the drain after I realized he intentionally waited till his death to own up to his “mistakes” in a letter tied to his will. No sir, real men don’t do that.
- Money matters more than feelings. There was no true mourning. The movie went from Chief Daddy dying to lots of fights while planning his funeral, to reading the will. There were no hugs shared and the news of Chief Daddy’s death was broken to some in the most insensitive ways. Even the funeral ceremony was a display of drama and iranu.nonsense
That’s it, guys. A short recap of the movie, mostly to say the things on my mind. Have you watched or do you intend to watch the movie? Let me know what you think about it in the comments section.
*Photos from EbonyLife Films*