A poor attempt to follow the greatness of "Tanging Yaman"
Tanging Yaman was quite a gem of a family drama. I think it was one of Laurice Guillen's best effort as a director and one of the family dramas that a lot of people will remember for the rest of their lives. It was honest and most importantly, it was reflective of what the Filipino family has evolved to.
When I saw the trailer of Sa Yo Lamang, I was a bit confused about what the main point of movie. After watching the movie, I still can't make out what the whole point is. It could have been a great movie had it not explored a lot of sub-plots that didn't really help the main story to bloom. Instead, watching it made me feel like I was constantly being pulled in different directions just to squeeze my eyes out for tears. It's quite a joke to have confrontation and breakdown scenes one after the other without even giving a chance for tension to mount and develop.
It also doesn't help that some of the dialogues are just so tired and so awkward at times. There were some scenes that was quite executed poorly --- like the time that Bea just screamed out of despair and anger, it was too contrived or the scene where the family confronted Coco Martin for getting someone pregnant, the dialogue and how the tension was developed could have used more set-up. The scene where Lorna dies was just so reminiscent of the time that Gloria Romero succumbed to Alzheimer's.
I'm a fan of the team that put together Tanging Yaman but I couldn't understand how they can follow such a great drama with something so mediocre. Even the powerhouse cast can't save this one.
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