Don’t judge Payday by its lack of Nollywood elites, this movie delivers on more than one count!
What do you look out for in a certified Nollywood comedy? Wait. I’ll answer that. Laughs, no definable plot, more laughs, no story and one that manages a decent story delivers a disconcerting denouement. Now that we have that cleared out, it’s important you know that Payday is nothing of the sort.
Directed by budding film director, Cheta Chukwu, Payday is an action packed comedy with a lead character who you’ll be unable to fault even at his lowest point. While the movie focuses on Paul and Tega, two young and jobless Nigerian youth, the story is actually delivered from a Paul point of view.
Payday opens to Paul’s woeful but somehow funny presentation of his brainchild- the “Easy Cook”.
The sudden death of Paul’s landlord, the disappointment of his failed innovation and of course, Tega’s advice kick off the conflict of Payday which rapidly grows in leaps and bounds.
What’s to love about this film is how connected each conflict is. Obviously, there’s a screenwriter who thought things through on this production. Nothing is coincidental or feels last minute. The scenes actually connect! A feat worthy of recognition as Nollywood comedies of recent times enjoy delivering an alarming number of unrelated/ irrelevant scenes.
Payday’s lead character, Paul is played by Baaj Adebule.
While Baaj isn’t your regular Nollywood elite, this movie will convince you that this guy is seriously underrated. There is no telling that Adebule took his research seriously. He nailed his role down to facial expressions.
Cheers to an award winning act!
It’s not all cranberry juice with Payday. However, the numerous flops can be easily forgiven as we have to give this one the thumbs up for a great attempt.
Something to note is that Payday experiments with the Hollywood favorite drug cartel hideout scene. Complete with a whole lot of shooting.
With the help of VFX effects, the movie showcases chandeliers falling, gunshots firing and blah.
Just to be on the safe side, have no expectations. If you are brave enough to have some, zero your mind… The visual effects are not perfect but we got to cut these guys major slack. This film is a move in the right direction.
If the shooters had looked more sinister… Well, we’ll let that one slide.
Overall view is…
It didn’t feel effortless but it’s definitely an impressive improvement. Payday is assurance enough that Nollywood filmmakers are willing to stick their necks outside what’s sellable in our “market”.