YOUR EXCELLENCY MOVIE REVIEW
By Morris Abdul Newton
Dir: Funke Akindele-Bello
Starring: Akin Lewis, Funke Akindele-Bello, Seyi Law, Eku Edewor, ‘Deyemi Okanlawon, Toni Tones, Alexx Ekubo, Osas Ighodaro, Ini Dima-Okojie, Shaffy Bello, Kunle Coker, Bimbo Manuel, Ikechukwu Onunaku, Kemi Lala-Akindoju, Falz. 120mins
It just felt like the entire movie industry congregated in this movie, but to what end? This political satire was built to make sense, yeah? Nah. It didn’t. Ebony life needs to do better but I doubt it since they have refused to listen for so long.
‘Your Excellency’ tells the story of Chief Olalekan Ajadi (Akin Lewis), a bumbling billionaire businessman and failed presidential candidate who is obsessed with the American president, Donald Trump, as well as an attempt at becoming the president of Nigeria. He also has two wives, Kemi Ajadi (Funke Akindele) who lives with him in Nigeria and Laide Ajadi (Shaffy Bello) who lives abroad with two of his kids.
Only those familiar with Donald Trump’s catchphrase from ‘The Apprentice’ show – ‘You are fired’ – would understand it when Chief Olalekan Ajadi says it at the beginning of the movie to his wife. This was an attempt at humour and also served as a way of visually deepening Ajadi’s love for the American President it seems. However, that ‘You are fired’ at the beginning was lost cos only people that watched the show would have understood it and particularly that is one of the problems with this movie. There were eventually a lot of things lost on us. Way too many.
It must be said that the person that cut the teasers for this movie really shouldn’t have been paid. Why would anyone hire anyone to do that or even do this movie. For a regular producer, this would have pulled many consumers away from the cinemas but the star power of the Producer and Director of ‘Your Excellency’ pulled a throng in. I can confidently say they were very well disappointed when they thronged out.
In the same vein of wanting to know why exactly anybody does what they do in Ebony Life or this film, I ask; why is Eki (Eku Edewor) who is supposed to be a political journalist tackling a common blogger/vlogger, Stephanie (Toni Tones)? Nothing is supposed to concern her with the vlogger, but in an attempt to just lump characters that mean nothing together, this anomaly was created.
The subplot of Alexx Ekubo and Osas Ighodaro’s characters was a complete waste of time. Good, God! What was all that about? The value of that portion of the movie rapidly diminished from the very moment they were introduced, to be honest. Alexx lip-syncing a performance towards the end of the movie was a cringe-fest. I didn’t even know the movie could sink lower than it was at that point.
Some of the appearances were just useless. What were Falz and Helen Paul’s contribution to the movie’s progress? Apart from Ini Dima-Okojie’s smoking-hot look anytime she appeared on the screen, what else was she there for?
The truth is that, despite having the name of a veteran writer attached to this movie, it still looked like a charade. That doesn’t speak well. In fact, I particularly do not want to see anything political anymore on our screens. Such stories aren’t looking like stuff I’ll like to watch anymore because they have been bastardized. The stories are now lopsided and predictable. I’m honestly tired.
I failed to understand what the endless Donald Trump barging was about too. The way it kept coming at every turn left a lot to be desired.
Acting was okay. Actors are only going to do what is presented before them anyway. Picture was alright, sound was good too, but the story was bad. It’s universally clear that if you don’t have a proper or good story, you don’t have a film. So, we all should know where this film rests now.
What an attempt at making us love ‘Chief Daddy’ by giving us something that looked even worse. It didn’t work! Both movies are as bad as the worst movies ever can be. Funke Akindele’s directorial debut is nothing close to stellar. It’s virtually a trashy movie.
Lots of uselessness in this movie. Continuity rubbish and problems and a stupid Kachi and Candy story that just didn’t cut it.