My thoughts on MMFF 2016
Every year, the Metro Manila Film Festival selects movies that we can only watch during the Christmas season. I can’t remember the last time that I watched a movie during the festival because a) the entries did not appeal to me; b) it’s the same movie every year + a number at the end (i.e. Mano Po 1, 2, 3, 4); and c) It’s a waste of my hard-earned money. But this year, it’s a whole other story!
When MMFF announced the selected movies for 2016, a lot of people from the entertainment industry expressed their disappointment because their movies were not chosen. I was appalled by the things they had to say!
“Sana naman after this year, they [the MMFF screening committee] should understand — it’s not that I’m teaching them pero all these poor people, mayroon silang mga bonus. Once they get their bonus, they bring the whole family to the movies to watch. …Sayang lang nanghihinayang ako sa mga bata……You know, I don’t take against indie movies, because I was the original…..There is a time for the indie movies. But not during the Christmas season. Christmas is for the family.” – Lily Monteverde (Source)
During the festival, I saw long lines. Lines that have people of all ages, wanting to watch those movies. The other day, I almost didn’t get to watch Saving Sally because of the long queue for tickets!
I loved the fact that they chose quality films for us to spend our money’s worth on. Sitting inside the cinema for more than an hour just to see a movie that I can watch (or not watch) for free on cable TV is a waste of my time.
I am excited for MMFF 2017. Please choose quality films this year, too!
Saving Sally, a quick review.
When I learned that there’s a semi-animated film to be shown during MMFF 2016, I got excited and searched for all the trailers in YouTube.
About the Movie
Starring: Rhian Ramos, Enzo Marcos, TJ Trinidad
Directed By: Avid Liongoren
Genre: Indie Rom-Com Sci-Fi
Marty is an aspiring comic-book artist who is secretly in love with his beautiful best friend, Sally, the gadget inventor. Like every love story, there are complications: Sally has abusive monster parents and a literal dick for a boyfriend, while Marty has the innate ability to do nothing about everything despite his vivid fantasies of defending the love of his life from the big bad world.
It took 10 years for them to finish the whole thing, and they faced a lot of financial difficulties that halted the production, but when I saw the film, I was really amazed that Filipinos can actually produce such a beautiful animated film. The mixture of live action and animation was breathtaking!
It may sound like it has a simple plot, and using 2D animation can make it seem that way, but there’s a dark undertone to it. I have to admit that I felt Sally’s helplessness, and I wish Marty was bolder, but in reality, what could teens do in those situations? Well, there are things that teens can do in their own way. I saw how Marty tried his best to be a really good friend to Sally, and Sally was a damn strong person. I bet a lot of people will relate to the characters in the story. Walang tapon. Each character contributed to the story.
This coming-of-age movie is worth the years of wait. You will laugh and be entertained when you see the film. Bring your friends, your co-workers, or your siblings. There are so many easter eggs inside the film, even a “Sandara Park” appeared! I am sure that you will enjoy the simple story and love the animation. #
Rating: A Must Watch!
Here’s the first Sally, Anna Larucea.