Movie Review: Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo

Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo (Neck-wringing, Uncertainty, Help) is the sequel to last year's sleeper hit of the 2006 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo (Marriage, Member, Companion). This second movie of the series continues the story of a mismatched couple and how they cope with raising a child, as well as surviving new antics from the in-laws.

Members of the Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo cast are back to reprise their roles: most notably Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo as the young couple, with Gina PareĊ„o, Gloria Diaz and Ariel Ureta as the doting in-laws. Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo gives adequate exposure to the leads and this may be vehicle for them to replicate last year's MMFF awards haul.

However, I found the movie lacking the wit and humor of its predecessor. Perhaps Director Jose Javier Reyes could be suffering from rom-com fatigue? This movie is the second film he helmed for the film festival, with the other being Katas ng Saudi. His writing is sharp on the first act, but slips into a more run-off-the-mill melodrama in the last act.

Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo may be a victim of its predecessor's success-- the story looks a bit uninspired and dull when stacked against the gem that is Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo. People who watched last year may be disappointed this year.

Rating: 3/5

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