MOVIE REVIEW: MAMANG (Denise O’Hara, 2018)

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SPOILER ALERT!!

Oh, my ghost! Can our local writers/filmmakers please give this “I see dead people” trope a rest (especially if it was obvious from the very start)? There are so many ways to make the audience think that you made a smart movie without relying on a lazy twist.

The divine Celeste Legaspi (as a widow suffering from dementia) and the severely underrated Ketchup Eusebio (as her gay son seeking acceptance from everyone except his mother) had such a wonderfully natural chemistry that needed a better story.

Side note: In one scene, Alex Medina’s towel was about to fall off, but magically became secured again in the next shot. Why? (Asking for a friend.) Also, why was he wearing khaki shorts during that pumping scene? Asking for my sanity.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

(Originally published August 8, 2018.)

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