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Still entertaining though not as fresh as before
badidosh from Philippines
26 December 2007
If you liked last year's Metro Manila Film Festival top-grosser "Kasal,
Kasali, Kasalo", it's probably safe to say you'd like this one - albeit
if not as much as before. Writer-director Joey Reyes' "Sakal, Sakali,
Saklolo" may perhaps not be conceptualized entirely as a creative
affair, but this sequel lives up to the parent film even if it doesn't
have the same freshness or innocence as before.
It's easy to perceive beforehand that "Sakal, Sakali, Sakalo" is simply
an obligatory follow-up since "Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo" raked in millions
of pesos and this sequel was written and shot in a matter of less than
a year. And initially, those doubts seem to be justified. The film gets
on the wrong foot and rushes to the proceedings without proper
introduction to the myriad of characters we are about to see on screen.
This may be fine if you've seen the first film, but to anyone who
missed out or who haven't seen the film again recently to have a clear
memory, the lack of time to get into the couple's lives may lead to an
awkwardly rushed experience. But once the conflicts get underway, it's
immediately apparent that this isn't just a capitalist attempt at an
erstwhile happily-ended tale.
As before, real-life couple Ryan Agoncillo and Judy Ann Santos newlywed
Jed and Angie, respectively. This time, they have to take care of their
son Raffa with parents who are all too eager to share the job with
them. Compounding the problems are Jed having to deal with a
hypochondriac mother (Gloria Diaz), Angie having to deal with her mom
(Gina Pareño) dating a "balikbayan" guy (Freddie Webb), and the usual
jealousy problems hounding married couples.
It may lack the overall surprise of the original but it more than makes
up for it in terms of realism and jabs at the Filipino culture hitting
the screen. While the second film's portrayal of a newlywed life is not
as fresh with some conflicts being rehashed, the problems still come
naturally, and without overt manipulation on the part of Reyes. It's
just unfortunate that the film still tries to cover a lot of area that
it loses focus story-wise. The point where Jed and Angie go to Spain
for a vacation creates a somewhat wider aim of skewering the Filipino
culture abroad, but overall it seems as a random event that was merely
added on a whim. But it does whet your travel appetite and the cameos
by Reyes as a Filipino immigrant in Barcelona marks the spot. Haha.
Still, what matters is that "Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo" is ultimately
entertaining. The chemistry between Agoncillo and Santos is still
strong. Agoncillo in particular still can't keep up with Santos' acting
prowess, but there are shards of improvement here. Pareño is still her
hysterical self although her shenanigans are starting to wear off.
Overall, the comedic approach works here because it keeps the story of
a couple grounded in reality, providing an insightful glimpse of their
lives rather than merely making a fuss of it.
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