Dwindle is the 2021 comedy directed by Kayode Kasum and Dare Olaitan. It features Funke Akindele, Bisola Aiyeola, Broda Shaggi, Jide Kene Achufusi, Timini Egbuson, Jibola Dabo, Gold Ikponwosa, Gregory Ojefua, Lateef Adedimeji, Uzor Arukwe, Mary Chukwuma, Efa Iwara, and Demi Olubanwo.
In Dwindle, the lives of multiple strangers collide when a corrupt governor is kidnapped. On his first day as a cab driver, with his roommate riding shotgun for emotional support, Chinedu (Jide Kene Achufusi) is feeling lucky. Only for the kidnappers to request a ride and shove the package in the boot. Why kidnappers use a taxi-hailing app is a mystery, but you just have to suspend belief.
I am something…
I have a really good idea, but poor execution will not let me shine. What am I? A Nollywood movie, of course.
With better direction and writing, Dwindle would have been perfect. They might have gone two main ways – a serious thriller with some comedic elements, or a comedy. Dwindle is a comedy. But with Nollywood’s writing problem, it so happens that too many things in this movie were turned into unnecessary jokes. Mixed with a lack of attention to detail, it leaves a bittersweet taste in your mouth. Bittersweet because the movie is still entertaining and has some really good moments.
There are way too many characters, but some of them are really fun to watch. Chinedu is a great one, constantly in disbelief at the things life throws his way. Buta (Broda Shaggi) complements him well, but this actor is simply doing too much. Let’s talk about that.
It turns out that Brodda Shaggi’s performance can be very enjoyable when he’s not shouting in his skit voice. There is a moment in movies when a social media comedian goes from their comedy voice to their real voice, and for the viewer, it may feel like going out into cool, fresh air. We need more moments like that.
The best thing about Dwindle is its cast, especially Mary Chukwuma, who is mostly silent but gives such a delightful performance as the creepy half of the kidnapper duo. The other half is Uzor Arukwe, the super serious thug who is definitely cooking in that jacket of his. Other actors who are fun to watch are Efa Iwara, who embodies a character in love with his car, and Funke Akindele, whose character is comically no-nonsense. There may be too many popular actors in this movie, but it works.
Dwindle is not worth risking catching Covid at the cinema, but if you have Netflix and need some light entertainment, it’s worth the data.