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Malaya (2020)

Directed by: Connie Macatuno

This movie presents different variants of landian in jumping timelines.

Some of which include but not limited to Romanticized Cheating, PDA, The Pinagtagpo Pero Di Tinadhana Drama and most importantly, Halik-halikan sa Showeran.

Good at teasing, but not in sharing a cohesive story. The intimacy between the two characters was not translated into a deeper purpose. Their connection was not strongly built for them to arrive at a romantic stage or to any phase at all.

Hanggang patikim na lamang sila.

Hindi nahain nang buo ang istorya.

They tried to insert relevant topics concerning OFW struggles, adapting to foreign countries, sexual abuse, employee slavery and the list goes on. But neither had a proper discussion to count as a redeeming factor.

Pag-uusapan sa iisang upuan. Tapos tatayo at lilipat sa ibang kaganapan. Pinasadahan lang at hindi pinagtuunan nang pansin. Walang maayos na landas na gustong tahakin.

The movie felt like a series with each episode having a different theme; it has no consistent mood. There were cute animated graphics floating around for some scenes — which is not suited with the serious tone they established from the beginning. The significance of the setting is also underwhelming.

Some of the songs they played are fresh and beautiful. But since the scenes don’t have a proper build-up, the soundtrack is just a music to the ears without passing through the heart.

Malaya didn’t live up to its name representing freedom, failing to explore the vastness of its story and depth of its titular character.


Rating: 0/5

Cast: Lovi Poe, Zanjoe Marudo, Isay Alvarez-Seña, Robert Seña

Presented by: iWant, TFC, Dreamscape, SISU

Date Released: May 28, 2020 via iWantTFC

A Movie Review by: Goldwin Reviews



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