Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Movie Review: Kid Kulafu

The impressive direction of Paul Soriano plus the sensitive performance of Buboy Villar and Alessandra de Rossi makes Kid Kulafu a must-watch film that gives us an opportunity to see how the world's champion Manny Pacquaio knocked out life's struggles even at an early age. This is a movie about perseverance and not giving up on life despite how hard it is. Manny's life is an inspiring testimonial that everyone can make a difference as long as he knows at the core of his/her heart what he/she wants coupled with prayers and good intentions.

"This is the untold story of our People's Champ--way before the fame, fortune, championships and even prior wearing boxing gloves," said Paul Soriano, the director of the biographical film presented by ABS-CBN, Star Cinema, and Ten17 Productions. "It is not about his career as a professional boxer but an in-depth look into his early years, from his birth up to his teenage life."

 I have known Buboy Villar as the ever reliable child sidekick in Bong Reveilla's Ang Panaday series. In Kid Kulafu he has outgrown himself providing a mature performance but has maintained his raw nuances making his portrayal effective. His magnificent performance in the movie is probably his best in his career. I was moved by how he handled Manny's painful journey towards achieving his dreams for his family.

Alessandra de Rossi, on the other hand, as Mommy Dionisia Pacquaio gave an amazing job that made me love Mommy D more apart from her not intentional comic punchlines.
Playing great support and solid performance in the film are Jomari Angeles and Khalil Ramos. Their characters in the movie played a crucial role in Manny's life that shaped him to be a loyal friend that he is today.

This is one film that Paul Soriano will be remembered for.

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