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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Mamarazzi: A One-Woman Show (A Movie Review)

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Watch Mamarazzi because of Eugene Domingo. Period. Once again, her comic delivery and timing are impeccable. The script was apparently written to take advantage of Miss Domingo’s comedic talents and charisma. This movie is all hers and the rest, well the rest are dead wannabe-actors in coffins. You’ll see my point when you watch this movie. Even John Lapus gave a surprisingly good (gulp) and seemingly layered performance. For Diether Ocampo, I just want to know his training routine and where he buys his clothes. The performance of the rest of the young cast was mediocre (I’m being polite). The young actors in this film look like they belong in the 1950s and 1960s when Philippine cinema was dominated by fair skinned half-Caucasians, the pre-Nora Aunor era. Eugene Domingo and John Lapus are the only Filipino-looking actors acting alongside young Latin American telenovela actors.  I dare say that “Mamarazzi” may be used as one proof why foreigners cannot pinpoint the Philippines on the world map. Foreigners who will watch this film might incorrectly assume that the Philippines is actually located somewhere between Mexico and Costa Rica, perhaps near Belize, the only country in Central America where English is the official language.
However, no matter how great Eugene Domingo was in this movie, it is still a Mother Lily-produced venture and so expect the usual Regal Film musical dance number to pop up inappropriately. Eugene Domingo almost did not make that dreadful musical number work, but the editing made it, for a lack of a better word, passable. Mother Lily, with her hired directors, should watch Mike De Leon’s Kakabakaba Kaba? about a hundred times so she can at least have an idea why we have musical numbers in comedies. Summing up, Mamarazzi is not Kimmy Dora but it is still worth your money. Go watch it. This movie deserves to be a hit. It should be our mission to make Miss Domingo a box office phenomenon to send a message to TV network executives and movie producers. We demand better performances from actors and better scripts. Even some of us are aware that an actress as good as Eugene Domingo cannot keep up trying to save a middling production.  If she does this long enough, she will end up joining the Dark Side of Philippine cinema.
1 martini glass for the film and everyone involved in it. Just share.
3 martini glasses just for Eugene Domingo.

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