Second time’s a charm…a BIG charm: Kimmy Dora and the Temple of Kiyeme (sort of) review


Starring: Eugene Domingo, Eugene Domingo, Eugene Domingo, Alodia Gosiengfiao, Ariel Ureta
Directed by: Bb. Joyce Bernal

Oh, what a joy this film was. I’m not gonna go all critical about it because I really, REALLY enjoyed the film. And it’s not just a silly movie.

As everyone knows (well almost everyone since one of my officemates still hasn’t watched the first movie), Kimmy Dora is nonsensical, laugh-out-loud movie with a heart. That was still very much evident in this sequel.

Hands down, Eugene Domingo was a star, or more fittingly, the STARS in this movie. She maybe one of the most intelligent actors today. If the drama genre has Nora Aunor and Vilma Santos, comedy has Eugene Domingo. While I was watching the movie teary-eyed from all the laughing, I could not stop thinking how Uge was able to pull off her characters so perfectly.

Alodia Gosiengfiao was a surprise. Although her character does not require much acting, her acting was convincing. Of course, Ariel Ureta, Miriam Quiambao, Zanjoe Marudo and even Dingdong Dantes were also great addition to the antics of the film. The scenes where Kimmy Go Dong Hae terrorizes Gertrude (Quiambao) are still some of my favorites, from this movie and the first one.

Story-wise, this sequel has a more layered and complicated plot compared to the first one as it tackles the history of Kimmy and Dora’s family. Which, I guess, is the reason the first movie was more effective than this one. While this sequel still gave out a LOT of laughs throughout the two-hour run, the first movie was so effective because of its simple plot, making you appreciate and focus more on the humor.

There were also some scenes that almost bordered on being baduy, reminding me of typical Pinoy slapstick comedy films, but the comedic timing and delivery of the actors were so spot on that you just couldn’t help but laugh.

After the screening, I heard a lot of people saying that they got scared of the horror parts. Well, I was not scared but I have to say that for a comedy film, their horror scenes, and even the few action scenes, looked legit.

Kimmy Dora and the Temple of Kiyeme was so worth the money. You will leave the cinema with all smile and without feeling stupid.

TIP: You may want to bring a pen and paper to count how many artists made cameo appearances in the film. Most of the ASAP performers were there.


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