It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I’m back with three mini-movie reviews! Two weeks ago I watched: Christopher Nolan’s Memento; the sequel to a sleeper hit – The Hangover Part II; and a 2009 Filipino film entitled Litsonero. While they all had their own charm, I didn’t like them as much as I hoped. Check out what I had to say!
One of a kind, but just wasn’t that interesting
Being different makes a film stand out, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’ll be liked more. Nolan obviously worked his butt off to glue the story together, but the plot wasn’t really engaging for me. It was a little hard to connect the dots by the end, but the style of storytelling grew on me. It’s uniquely and intelligently made, but the buildup just wasn’t that interesting enough for me to enjoy the ending.
THE HANGOVER PART II
Same old story but with an Asian twist
I didn’t really think that the first movie needed a sequel. This one pretty much had the same story, only with a different setting. I thought that most of the jokes were desperate for laughs, but nevertheless they were still quite funny (like the monkey). Ken Jeong was hilarious, but I grew too tired of the rest of the cast by the time the film ended. Oh, and the end credits? Crazy as hell.
A movie about pork roasting…not exactly the most intriguing plot
The last Filipino film I watched was Kris Aquino’s ‘Segunda Mano’, so despite this feeling like an anti-movie, it was loads better and more bearable in my opinion. I wasn’t bored at all with the stereotypical conflicts the main characters were facing, but it seemed forced and you could tell that without it, there wouldn’t be any story at all. The acting was fairly decent, with Paolo Contis standing out from the rest. But towards the end I just felt that primary story of the film was overshadowed by never-ending troubles. The good thing is that it’s a different kind of Pinoy film… a kind of Filipino movie I’d like to see more often.