Nollywood have received the fair share of hits, a chunk of misses and a fair amount of ‘mehs’. Your excellency, by Funke Akindele definitely falls into the category of ‘meh’.
The Story-line of “Your Excellency”
Starring: Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju, Shaffy Bello, Kunle Coker, Eku Edewor, Emmanuel ‘Emma OMG’ Edunjobi, Alex Ekubo, Oreka Godis, Osas Ighodaro, Mike Iheuwa, Aletile ‘Seyi Law’ Lawrence, Bimbo Manuel, Deyemi Okanlawon, Ini Dima-Okojie, Chioma ‘Chigul’ Omeruah, Ikechukwu Onunaku, Helen Paul and Toni Tones. Poising to be a comedy spectacle.
Chief Olalekan Ajadi is a bumbling billionaire businessman and a failed presidential candidate, who’s obsessed with Donald Trump. All through the power of social media, a major party finally blesses Ajadi and he becomes a credible contender in the process.
As the political drama unfolds, it seems possible that even the most clumsy candidate who has nothing to offer except for viral soundbites, amusing behavior, and dance moves can be taken as a candidate for the presidential role.
The cast tried too much thereby, questioning their basic acting skills. Nevertheless, there were stand out performances from the lead as well as a supporting acts. Also. the plot did have a way of reflecting the performances of the cast.
In truth, comic relief was the only reputable element on the show throughout the movie. Yes, there were forced jokes, bad delivery, and very basic contents at times, but the overall representation of comedy in this piece is commendable.
From the lead roles to the most minute of duties, it is a good watch if all you want to experience is a comedy, but that’s not all we truly want, is it?
The writing of the plot is poor. There were so many embarrassing moments in the movie. Leaving you questioning if effort were actually put into the plot creation.
In an attempt to portray the comic nature of this piece, the film ridicules the Nigerian political system; not in a way that makes you want to let out that laugh. The attempts to create a comic masterpiece simply ensured the flaw of every other major aspect of the project.
Not Surprising, it did get worse with the ending. In a bold attempt to end with suspense and on a high, the movie delivered a pretty underwhelming finish that did not portray originality or evolution of the Nigerian screen.
Hit or miss? Your excellency is not the ideal we all want. Watch for a good laugh, and nothing more. Would be a 5.5 on a 10 point scale for me.
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