BABAGWA (Jason Paul Laxamana, 2013)

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SPOILER ALERT!!

Enjoyable yet a tad predictable with excellent turns from Alex Medina and Joey Paras.

Babagwa borrowed heavily from Catfish and you could smell the ending twenty minutes into the movie. It was a crowd-pleaser, though.

Medina had this raw presence that I found charming onscreen. My fave performance was Paras’ though, slowly becoming a Cinemalaya darling.

There was an abundance of mixed animal symbolisms. Aside from the spider references (tattoo, cobwebs), there was the monkey and the turtle? Hmm…

Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Originally published August 5, 2013.)