Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Mulawin: So Good, It Can Give You A Headache
Leaving the theatre, I felt like someone had stuck an 'ugatpak' up my... uh... back, the wrong way.
Mulawin's storyline had so much going on that it can leave you with a king-sized heeadache.
Too much emotion, too much plot, too much action, that it all ended up unfurled and misguided, with way too many loose ends. It's a great film, storywise, until you leave the theatre and a couple of hours later start thinking on what had happened.
Mulawin: The Movie is officially a part of the Mulawin/Encantadia/Etheria canon. It takes place smack in the middle of the war in Encantadia between Queen Amihan and Pirena and right at the end of the Mulawin drama.
A recap of the end of Mulawin: everyone who left the land of the Mulawin, Avila, had had their memories erased. This includes the chosen two, Aguiluz and Alwina.
Beginning the film: As luck would have it, Aguiluz and Alwina's boat on the way to the realm of man is met with a storm and they are washed ashore in two separate places.
In Encantadia, Pirena (Sunshine Dizon) weeds her way through her Diwata sisters (Iza Calzado's Amihan, Karylle's Alena, and Valerie Concepcion's decorative-more-than-anything Danaya) to get the Golden Seed and succeeds. For an unknown reason, she uses the Seed to bring back the king of the Ravena, whose name is Ravenum (Michael de Mesa, who's prosthetics are yuckier than ever before, in a good way).
This sets the search for the chosen two in motion, a task undertaken by Aviona (Bianca King, playing the character once possessed by Pirena), and the kiddie Mulawin.
Anyway, that was just the first 5 minutes. That's a lot. You can imagine what the rest of the movie was like at that pace.
The storyline wouldve been better stretched out into a mini-series.
I will not complain about the acting or sets since they're pretty much the same things in the series. Although it seems as if the FX budget all went into the Buwarka (dragon) effects, and not much was left for the wings and flight effects.
The effects, probably in chroma, were distinguishable, quite easily, from the non-chroma sleek film used in regular shots, a mistake commonly encountered in the past and evaded masterfully by 'Exodus'. The mass of effects can actually cause one to lose amour for the movie, if one was not a fan of the series.
It would help a lot if you were a fan of Mulawin to begin with before seeing this. If not, lower your expectations and focus on the story. But don't nitpick, or you'll activate a migraine.
Rax Awards for this one:
BEST POSTER (S)
BEST STORYLINE in a FANTASY ADVENTURE
WORST EFFECTS (as in none of them were good, save for the dragon)