Monday, 11 July 2011

Pak! Pak! My Dr. Kwak! [2011]

When I learned about the Bea-Vic tandem in a comedy flick, I got curious and promised myself to see it and so I did.  About a month ago, alone with nothing else to do, I took the liberty to check the Pak! Pak! My Dr. Kwak! film.  A couple of weeks later, I sat down with my Filipino friends and while enjoying our sumptuous dinner, we agreed to watch Pak! Pak! My Dr. Kwak! [yes, I watched it twice!] and together, had a great laugh.

Photo credit: Star Cinema Productions and M-Zet Productions

Pak! Pak! My Dr. Kwak! stars the gorgeous Bea Alonzo and the ace comedian Vic Sotto along with Jose Manalo, Xyriel Manabat, Zaijian Jaranilla, Wally Bayola and Pokwang.  It is co-produced by Star Cinema and M-Zet Productions. 

The movie was released in cinemas all over the Philippines on the 23rd of April which according to news, hit more than 21 million pesos  on its opening week. 

Pak! Pak! My Dr. Kwak! is a classic Tagalog family comedy movie that most Pinoys are familiar with.  The plot is easy to follow --- so easy that the next events are already very predictable.  Fun wise, there are a number of really entertaining minutes.  All Thanks to the Pokwang-Jose-Wally laugh-out-loud trio.

I had difficulties dealing with the Bea-Vic pair.  I honestly did not like it.  It was missing chemistry.  No kilig [giggly] factor whatsoever.

Effects - I kinda like the effects applied on the heaven scenes.  The clouds, the set-up, the costumes and even the floating halos blend well together.  However, the talking pigs and the chasing dog are poorly executed and are huge disappointments.

I’ve encountered a lot of issues with the powers of Angelito [Zaijian Jaranilla].  Although he can heal most sick people, his powers do not work on Joonee Gamboa [V.Sotto’s dad].  In the police station scene, Angelito is able to use his powers to escape the social workers and convince the officers and the people around him to forget the case against Vic Sotto but he’s unable to magic his way out from his kidnappers.  It’s frustrating that the unevenness of Angelito’s powers isn’t explained in the film.

If you are planning to see Pak! Pak! My Dr. Kwak!, try not to set the bar so high.  It’s an okey film to watch but not great.

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