The Super Parental Guardians Mega Experience

This film, The Super Parental Guardians, is Vice Ganda’s supposed entry to the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), however it didn’t make the cut due to quality concerns. But Vice Ganda reiterated that she makes quality films. This is also her first film after the death of her friend, and supposed movie-director for this year, Wenn Deramas.

I actually forgot that Vice Ganda was going to a movie film slated for December this year. Maybe I was just busy at school, but I was really surprised to know that the trailer of her film debuted online. So I was excited, because I am a fan of her last film Beauty and the Bestie, it gave me all the laughs I could get for 2015. So again, I expected more laughs from this film, and the trailer gave what I want. From witty punchlines, to funny dialogues, the trailer gave me all the elements of a perfect comedy film. Plus it was directed by Joyce Bernal, so I was looking forward. They also did a lot of TV promotions and assured people that it is a perfect follow-up for their film last year. So that’s it, I decided that we should see this and convinced my mom to see it.

So the first scenes of the film got me interested already. Coco Martin with all his fight scenes and Vice Ganda with all her glamour and wit, it was already a perfect combination. The addition of the child starts Awra and Onyok gave pure perfection. The movie was going well, when somewhere in between I felt bored. I felt as if the story was focused more on coversations rather than making viewers laugh. It was too focused on the story. Plus, the cast seems incomplete. I miss seeing a huge cast, like the inclusion of popular loveteams and a huge cast of antagonists. They claim that this is the perfect film tradition for Christmas, but since they set the standard every year, it felt like they missed out on that standard and underdelivered. The film was funny, their tandem was exceptional, there were funny moments, but the movie was dull, it was dry. It’s missing the “Deramas Effect“, I don’t know how to say it. Sadly, my mom fell asleep by the end of the film. It was a good film, but it is a disaster compared to Vice Ganda’s previous films.

Did I enjoy the film? I did, but not 100%. Am I gonna recommend it to friends? Not really, maybe if you’re a die-hard fan, I would. It wasn’t a waste of time though, I just felt that it’s lacking the humor that her previous movies had. Maybe Joyce Bernal isn’t really for comedy? Or Vice Ganda just had to rush the film? I don’t know. All I know is this film is far better than Enteng Kabisote 10, so I can’t imagine how Vic Sotto’s film did in the box office. But one thing’s for sure, children will love this film. It is definitely a film for the whole family. And if you’re seeing this, bring your Poke Balls because you’ll definitely catch some Pokémon. 😉

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Movie Experience: Pitch Perfect 2

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Pitch Perfect 2, 2015

I waited 3 years to see this! The first time I saw the first film, it really changed my perspective to musicals and singing actors. I can go on and on, and I can definitely say the first film is really iconic, so I really expected a lot for the second film. The film started as usual with a disaster, and that they have to redeem themselves. It was totally a circus, the movie was very cluttered. I think that’s what they really were aiming for. But the clutter is so messy that I forgot I was watching Pitch Perfect, the movie lost its element. There were no surprising performances, basically it was disappointing. The only interesting thing in the movie is the last performance. What they lack in every performance in the film, they poured it in their last. Not hoping for a third, but I felt that this second film was unnecessary.

Film rating: LIMITED

 

Movie Experience: The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water

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The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water, 2015

I’ve been waiting for this movie since last year and alas, my dream was fulfilled! I’ve been really a huge Spongebob fan! Every move he makes in his series makes me laugh! His voice, his smile, his mannerisms, his friends, his neighbors, everything about this show gives me good vibes, and I was really expecting that this film would surpass all my expectations. Then again, I was wrong. It was pretty promising at the start, the humor was there, the quirky characters were there, but as the movie went along, I got bored. I felt that the trailer was more entertaining than the actual film. When the film ended, I thought that the animation was great and the story was fun, but then I realized, it was just a regular Spongebob episode, and it was worth watching on a television than in a movie theater. But, the movie wasn’t really intended for me, and I would say kids and kids “at heart” would’ve enjoyed the movie more than me. In the end, it was a great effort and still a great film to make kids laugh and see Spongebob and his friends have fun.

Film rating: LIMITED

Movie Experience: Kingsman: The Secret Service

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Kingsman: The Secret Service, 2015

I’ve always been fascinated about spies, secret agents and classified missions, and this film really got me excited! I didn’t know who the main actor was, since the only familiar face is Samuel Jackson, so I was a little skeptic about this film, but something inside me really urged me to watch this, and I wasn’t disappointed! Move over James Bond and Matrix films, because the Kingsman film is coming for you! This film is so amazing, it got me almost crying ’til the end! The latter part of the film is the best part, it was really nerve-wracking and jaw-dropping. There were a mix of a little drama and comedy, but it is definitely badass, totally action-packed! I love the gadgets, the humor, the characters, everything is in place and there were no dull moments. I fell in love on how the British culture was shown in this film, so classy! It taught me that manners is your ultimate weapon against evil, and for that I am splendidly elated and proud of this film! I’m really expecting a sequel and this is definitely to watch out for!

Film rating: LIMITLESS

Movie Experience: That Thing Called Tadhana

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That Thing Called Tadhana, 2014

I wasn’t really looking forward for this movie. In a scale of 1 to 10, the probability of me watching this is 6, meaning if there is no other good film available, this is the movie to watch. Alas! It came true! Instead of watching “Fifty Shades of Grey”, we ended up watching this. I didn’t regret it, probably only on the first half of the film. The latter part was predictable, and it bored me. I can’t help but compare the film to “English Only, Please” due to a lot of situational similarities, but then again Angelica Panganiban did a pretty good job! She’s truly versatile and she can deliver any role! With JM De Guzman, I could relate to his role a lot and he did a great job as well. I can say this film definitely showed modern Pinoy love story and they took the love month by storm! Probably, if you’re a hopeless romantic person or a brokenhearted one, you would say this is the best film after “One More Chance” or “Starting Over Again”, but for people like me looking for entertainment, this film will just pass by and will be forgotten, or more likely will be taken over by a more popular Romantic Film in the coming months.

Film rating: LIMITED

Movie Experience: The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin

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The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin, 2014

This film is a big disappointment! This is the second most disappointing film from Vice Ganda, just after “Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy”. I’m not sure if it is, but the film seemed rushed, most of the scenes were not polished, especially the fight scenes, where you can see security guards and civilians just walking from afar. It seemed like the movie was just a high school project. I was really expecting a lot because the first movie, “The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin”, was really more than funny, epic and delivered its purpose, to make people laugh. The sequel’s cast was promising, the beginning was also a bit interesting, but as the film progressed, I became a bit bored, the film didn’t have substance and only Alex Gonzaga made me laugh. This movie didn’t fulfill its promise, to entertain people. Even though Kris Aquino and James Reid made cameo appearances, it still didn’t compensate how horrible the film was. I hate to say it but it was a waste of money. Hopefully, Vice Ganda would realize this and would start coming back with quality comedy films like what he had before.

Film Rating: LIMITED

Movie Experience: English Only, Please

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English Only Please, 2014

When you say MMFF, films are usually grand, festive and are highly produced. Since this is the trend, English Only, Please was never an option for me to watch. I had this first impression that the film is just like other low-budgeted MMFF films that weren’t popular and were easily forgotten. Though the film won a lot of awards it still didn’t give me the initiative to watch it. Then the day came where I was invited to watch it, and to my amazement, all these negative things about the film, that I thought, were all gone. THE FILM IS SIMPLY BRILLIANT! It may not be as grand as the others, but this is something new and fresh for an MMFF entry. It’s different, it’s not really like the others who needed a big cast, or a big production or heavy scripting, everything was simple, from the setting to the script. The story was easy to understand, the situations were all funny and romantic, the scenes were all something you can relate to. I can say Jennylyn Mercado did a great job, however I think Derek Ramsay didn’t fit the role. All in all, the movie is really good, it’s a must see movie, if it’s still showing, grab the chance to see it. I can definitely say, I’m a fan.

Film Rating: LIMITLESS