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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Dec 26, 2013

Kimmy Dora, Kiyemeng Prequel Review: Eugene Domingo Should Win As Best Actress

WE WENT ON a marathon movie watching and “Kimmy Dora, Ang Kiyemeng Prequel” is easily, hands down, the best, not only of the series/franchise, but of all the Metro filmfest entries we've seen so far. Bawing-bawi rito si writer-director Chris Martinez after the dismal “Kimmy Dora 2” that only annoyed us and the unimpressive “Status: It's Complicated”. His concept on “KD prequel” as a sci-fi-action-comedy and the way he executed it is just perfect.

It starts with the Go Dong Hae twins, Kimmy and Dora (Eugene Domingo) just graduating from college. The brainy Kimmy graduated with honors from Cambridge while the slow-witted Dora is an aspiring stage actress who just did a stage version of “Bona” and aims to audition in “Miss Saigon” and as Eponine in “Les Miz”. The conflict starts when someone tries to sabotage their family businesses.

Eugene is simply hard to beat as best actress, essaying both roles with much wit and elan. All the other contenders would look like they’re doing child’s play compared to what she has accomplished in this movie. She manages to be so convincing even in the action scenes at the climax of the movie in her showdown with Sam Milby, who's also very good here. Also hard to beat are Joel Torre and Angel Aquino as best supporting actor and actress. They’re both good in their respective roles as the most trusted assistants of Kimmy and Dora’s dad (Ariel Ureta). Even in next year's award-giving bodies, Eugene deserves to compete as best actress with the rest of the top actresses who gave memorable portrayals in 2013. She's the only actress in local cinema we can think of who can do this role in a truly superlative manner.

Even the technical aspects of the movie are uniformly way above average, from the production design, the costumes, the cinematography and the musical score. How the movie was given just a B rating compared to the other movies that got an A is beyond our comprehension. Scrap the Cinema Evaluation Board. It's members are plain dumb!