That Pureza movie and how it affected me.
The last Soxie Topacio film I have seen was Ded na si Lolo starring Roderick Paulate, Manilyn Reynes, Elizabeth Oropesa and Gina Alajar. Their combination was deadly, in a really good way. I couldn’t stop laughing at their schticks merging the superstitious and the super-stupid practices of pinoys in dealing with grief and death. I thought it would have been a good Oscars contender instead of Ploning (which looked like Cloning at first glance).
So Soxie was commissioned by Star Cinema to direct a comedy. It’s his first time to work on a film for Star Cinema and Soxie did not know the stars, Melai Cantiveros and Jason Francisco, until he accepted the project. Soxie liked the script, and after meeting Melason (the conjoined name of Melai and Jason), they made the movie.
So here’s what I think after seeing it today.
1. The trailer I have seen on TV contains all the funniest scenes of the movie. The rest are basically dialogue fillers and joke extenders.
2. Melai can be funny for the first 5 minutes. Extend the exposure longer and the sensation becomes torturous. She is ugly, alright, but comedic timing and variety still matter.
3. Gina Pareno is the most important actor in the movie and gave the film the sense of being a real film. Her impeccable timing and unadulterated adlibs are totally outrageous.
4. Jason Francisco has nice skin. I just found out now.
5. Martin del Rosario. I don’t know what to say. But the chest hair looked intimate.
6. The film, in general, is a well-done film. It’s just that nothing about it felt new. I mean most of the jokes felt old. Or I don’t know. New stars in old jokes? Or new jokes with old people in the cinema? I really can’t tell.