Is it just me or is the third Kimmy Dora serious? For a movie with Eugene Domingo in it, the hilarity came next to nothing in Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel. If it’s a consolation, the costume and the production designs were amazing but isn’t laughter the movie’s original promise?
One of MMFF 2013’s 8 entries greeted me with a flashy opening sequence. James Bond would have stood up for a loud applause. Then came the fancy production starting from the elaborate computer-generated buildings of the Go Dong Hae’s to the flamboyant costumes of Kimmy and Dora. Everything in the movie is sleek, clean and grandiose if only the production value served its purpose.
I was itching with eyes (and ears) wide open inside the cinema. I asked myself: “C’mon! Where are the jokes?” All the twin characters of Eugene Domingo gave me were Dora’s childlike gestures (if that’s even funny) and that mini beach competition to get the attention of Sam Milby’s character Rodin Bartoletti.
I only threw a laughter in one scene. It was when Dora was answering calls for one of her internship scenes. Mimicking a telephone options voice over, she said: “If you are oily, press powder. If you are religious, praise the Lord.” I am not sure if that is hilarious enough for you but in my trying hard times to search for humor, I burst in laughter. Apologies also for the spoiler. I am just giving you reasons to still watch the film.