When my friends and I saw the trailer of “Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2: Forever is Not Enough,” we knew we would want to see the movie on screen even before we discovered that the film was included in Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2016. The trailer itself was indeed promising. I watched its Part I, and I was sure that it’s gonna be a great film.
This year’s film festival has become a renaissance for Philippine cinema when the organizers of this annual event favored 8 more quality films than the ones usually produced for commercial consumption. Personally, I am not against those pop movies, but hearing the news about the organizer’s decision aroused my appetite to see as many movies as I can. I also posted statuses that encouraged my friends to watch MMFF entries. Mine was among the many noises that social media users echoed, and I have never seen such delight before. Yes, we witnessed long lines and posts about the movies that they watched. But this time, it’s different. People are so passionate in posting as if they really cry when they give life to their words.
I watched one movie before the Awards Night and another one after . Unlike last year, I wrote reviews for the two films I watched “Honor Thy Father” and “#Walang Forever.” Since both of the films I watched this year created its fame even before I watched it, I haven’t felt the need to write a blog about them. My FB statuses were enough.
Actually, I almost lost the drive to watch “Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2” after it did not gain many awards from the festival and few theaters are screening it. After the Awards Night, its time slot got even fewer. Usually, it shares with another film in one cinema.
But just a few hours ago, we watched it, and the movie itself amused me so much that I would regret if I will not write good words about this wonderful masterpiece. Yes, the movie has surpassed my expectations. Believe me.
My first FB status after watching the film says, “Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2 is the funniest movie of 2016.” It is.
Written by Chris Martinez (director and writer of one of my most favorite Filipino comedy movie “Here Comes the Bride”) and directed by Marlon Rivera (also the director of Part I), the movie will bring every viewer in a euphoric laughter, an experience that is rare and exotic. That’s a guarantee.
The movie revolves around a preparation for a movie; somewhat, it’s a movie within a movie entitled “The Itinerant.” Eugene Domingo as Eugene Domingo invites the production led by the director Rainier (Kean Cipriano), the producer Jocelyn (Cai Cortez), and the PA Lennon (Khalil Ramos) to discuss the movie in a stark classy spa. As the characters lavished the extravagance of comfort and relaxation, Eugene tries to alter the original plans of the director, which considers his story close to his life. As she lays her myriad suggestions, the movie presents how it will look like. Will Eugene get what she wants or Rainier asserts the original plan? Well, you should watch it.
I’m sure I watched this kind of style already when a comic act will show what could have been if it would have another scene, but what made this film different from the rest is its attempt of defamiliarization– its parody of the film industry itself– the process of film making , the reception of moviegoers, and the conflict between quality films and blockbuster/cliché mentality. The movie explores important and urgent themes, and it does without being too technical and too dramatic. Its satire of what actually happens now to our local film industry is one of the funniest acts I’ve seen so far. It’s satire at its best.
Eugene Domingo deserves an award for her performance. If not in this MMFF and if I have the power to convince an award-giving body, I will appeal to them that this respected comedienne showed an excellent performance worthy of commendation. She, together with the other actors, brought us (the entire crowd in the cinema) in a roaring laughter. I remember when I watched Kimi Dora twice in cinemas before. Her effort to portray herself to move the audience with laughter while digesting the themes that the movie tries to convey is indeed riveting. The other characters foiled with Eugene Domingo, and that created every scene even more effective.
Although the movie consists a lot of conversations (practically discussions about the movie), the viewer will experience the feeling of Lennon, who has very few lines in the film. The viewer will feel as if he/she is part of the conversations, and the dialogues were delivered in a very natural way. The movie will occasionally reflect many of the things that we usually do but we often do not notice. Unlike other popular comedy films with unparallel and incoherent punch lines, the funny scenes in this movie is not forced or out of context. Every humor is part of the thread that weave the entire tapestry of this masterpiece film altogether.
The movie will surely bring a lot of laughing incidents, aha moments, occasional punching dramatic lines, and total experience. The scenes that include Joel Torre, the three levels of hugot, and the ending are among my favorite scenes. If you have given up with many of the local comedy films you’ve watched, give this movie another chance. Give our film industry a chance.
I join the rest, who have watched this film, in appealing to all audiences to watch “Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2.” If you have not watched any film yet, make this your first priority.