To celebrate World Father’s Day on June 18th, a new Nigerian film titled “Daddy” premiered at cinemas over the weekend, and we’re here to share our thoughts!
“Daddy” is an emotionally charged movie that delves into the complex and diverse nature of fatherhood. It explores the crucial role of fathers and father figures, the challenges they encounter, and the extraordinary measures they take to protect their loved ones.
The film intertwines a second narrative that delves into the darker aspects of society, specifically focusing on criminality and the devastating consequences it brings.
Through its compelling storytelling, “Daddy” provides a thought-provoking exploration of the responsibilities and sacrifices fathers make, while also shedding light on the impact of societal issues. It invites viewers to reflect on the complexities of fatherhood and the profound influence fathers have on the lives of their children and communities.
Overall, “Daddy” offers a gripping cinematic experience, combining powerful themes and engaging narratives that resonate with audiences. It serves as a testament to the strength, resilience, and unwavering love of fathers in the face of adversity.
Daddy features an exceptional cast, including talented actors like Femi Jacobs, Munachi Abii, and Charles Inojie. However, unfortunately, their performances couldn’t redeem the overall boredom we experienced while watching the movie.
Clocking in at 1 hour and 40 minutes, the film revolves around a lovely couple and their adorable daughter. The story centers on the daughter’s desire for more quality time with her always-busy father. In an attempt to make it up to her, Daddy (played by Femi Jacobs) decides to have a special day out with his princess, but things take a terrible turn when she gets kidnapped.
One would expect that after the kidnapping, the movie would truly kick into high gear and captivate our attention. However, we were let down as the story unfolded with nonsensical sequences that lasted for over an hour. Femi Jacobs’s character endlessly chasing after the kidnappers left us frustrated and questioning the logic behind his actions.
The kidnappers themselves appeared confused, and the constant flashbacks and tantrums only added to the overall confusion. The movie felt like a child’s play, with kids engaging in a game of hide and seek.
We acknowledge that “Daddy” attempts to incorporate spiritual elements, particularly Christian faith, in a modern and relatable manner. Perhaps the intention behind Femi’s illogical actions was to depict his desperate attempts to save his daughter.
Overall, despite the film’s potential and the presence of a talented cast, “Daddy” fails to deliver an engaging and coherent narrative. The storyline lacks substance and fails to keep viewers invested in the characters’ journey.
Munachi Abii, and Charles Inojie acting in ‘Daddy’
In “Daddy,” the film utilizes the Lord’s Prayer and the concept of a heavenly Father as central themes, with Munachi Abii and Charles Inojie also contributing to the cast.
As expected, Femi Jacobs, Munachi Abii, and Charles Inojie deliver compelling performances. However, even their talents couldn’t compensate for the film’s weak script and lack of depth. Throughout the movie, we found ourselves struggling to stay engaged and awake.
While “Daddy” showcases different parts of Lagos, ranging from the beautiful to the less desirable, the film fails to justify the money spent and the time invested. The exploration of these locations falls short of providing a worthwhile cinematic experience.
Overall, the film’s reliance on the Lord’s Prayer and the performances of the talented cast members cannot overcome the shortcomings of the weak script and lack of depth. It leaves viewers yearning for a more engaging and thought-provoking storyline.