It’s 2015 and the 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival has just recently concluded. Vice Ganda’s sequel movie dominated the box office… as expected.
Aren’t the Pinoy audience getting tired of these kinds of Filipino movies? I’m not saying Vice Ganda’s movies are bad, they’re just kinda… repetitive (Oh, did I forget to mention Shake, Rattle and Roll?)
Vice Ganda’s films are all about making fun of his sexuality – and the viewers dig them because they find them funny and entertaining. *Sigh*
Before Vice Ganda, there were Bossing Vic Sotto and Ai Ai de las Alas whose movies (again, their repetitive plot-wise) were major blockbuster hits for years.
Bossing’s “Okay Ka, Fairy Ko” movie in 2004 made 3 sequels and 3 spin-offs. They would’ve continued making more if not for Vice Ganda stepping into the game.
Ai Ai’s “Ang Tanging Ina” spawned 3 sequels – the last one merging with Enteng Kabisote. Ai Ai and Bossing’s combined powers proved successful as it topped the list of highest earning MMFF films for 2011.
Aren’t we tired of watching these kinda of movies? Probably no. The Filipino viewers find them entertaining. However, these films are lackluster when it comes to their plot.
Maybe they made it that way because the audience might find it hard to understand if the plot is too complicated like Erik Matti’s “On the Job”.
“On the Job” was praised by film critics local and international alike because it tells a complicated yet good story that fits its genre (which is thriller, by the way). Unfortunately, it didn’t do well in the box office. It only earned P13 million domestically.
I’m not saying there aren’t any good mainstream Filipino films anymore – 2014 MMFF had “English Only, Please”, “Kubot” and “Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo” to name a few.
It’s just sad that these good films are overshadowed by less stellar ones on the box office. Good thing mainstream filmmakers are still making good-quality films despite not earning that much.