Mary Poppins Returns
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De los Reyes's fluid compositions, dead-on pacing, and knack for eliciting naturalistic performances make the story uncommonly cathartic.
Director Maryo J. De los Reyes and writer Mitchiko Yamamoto shamelessly press viewers' emotional buttons. But the film is so well-made and the performances so accomplished that it doesn't matter.
A modest but engaging Filipino tear-jerker.
Amiable, though much too long.
That I bought into this transparent exercise in tear-jerking ... has as much to do with my own curious tolerance for subtitled excess as it does its own virtues of performance, scripting and direction.
To western viewers, Magnifico plays more like a cultural document. It is fascinating to look at, but you are always out of the movie, and mostly to observe the details of emotional manipulation.
The very definition of sentimental overload. It's also impossible to resist.
Aside from presenting the usual scenario in a typical Filipino community, Magnifico is a heartfelt and beautiful tale about a seemingly little and insignificant boy who was able to touch the hearts of the people around him. Well-written screenplay, superb acting and direction, and its ability to appeal to its audience's emotion made this a jewel of Filipino filmmaking.
So terribly sweet and saddening. One of the few Philippino films that I have seen and it was a difficult watch at times.
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