Movie: Kimmy Dora, Ang Kiyemeng Prequel

"Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel"

Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel is the third film of the Kimmy Dora movie all produced by Spring Film and directed by Chris. It is an action-packed movie that shows how Kimmy and Dora started their special bond as sisters and with the help of the character played by Sam.

Kimmy Dora is back with a vengeance!

After the abominable Kimmy Dora: The Temple of Kiyeme, I admit that I was a little wary of the final installment to the Kimmy Dora trilogy. The trailer did nothing to assuage my fears, especially with the hooded mystery villain named Bogart.

I thought we were going to get another horror-fied installment that, I felt, was one of the reasons why The Temple of Kiyeme failed.

Thankfully, Ang Kiyemeng Prequel doesn’t make the same mistakes that the sequel did. And I’ve taken note of the fact that Star Cinema doesn’t seem to be involved in this installment. Or if they have, they seem to have kept their meddling at the bare minimum.

And the result is a return to form for Kimmy Dora. The wit is back, the charm has returned, and there’s more laughs to be had than ever before.

It all begins with a James Bond-inspired opening credits that immediately sets the mood for the film. The opening bars of the music, and the visual gag of the two dancers accompanying Eugene Domingo’s Kimmy and Dora, already points out the obvious: this is not Temple of Kiyeme. There are no rules. Everything is fair game.

And when I say everything, I mean everything.

They’ve also pulled out all the stops when it comes to cameo appearances. We get Mylene Dizon, Paulo Avelino, the hilariously mute Cai Cortez, a surprisingly subdued John Lapus, and more. There are also a couple of cameos that, I feel, are better left unspoiled. Let’s just say, fans of the first film will enjoy said cameos.

Admittedly, I’m slightly disappointed that we don’t get Baron Geisler making a cameo as the nephew or son of one of Luisito Go Dong Hae’s fellow board members. But with everything the prequel has given us, I don’t have a right to complain.

There’s something missing in Eugene Domingo’s portrayal of Dora. Something I haven’t seen since the first film. Her portrayal of Kimmy on the other hand is still fun to watch. But it’s actually Sam Milby who really shines in this film–as someone who doesn’t talk a lot. Casting directors, I think Sam has finally found his calling: as an action star who doesn’t talk much. Limit him to that, and he might actually revive his acting career.

As for the story, the whole thing is actually predictable. Which is a good thing, in this case. Everything is set up in a way that nothing comes left of field. Everything is planted and plotted out right from the start. This allows you to sit back and enjoy the performances of the actors and actresses, and just bask in the hilarity of Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel.

If you’re going to watch just one Metro Manila Film Festival entry this year, let it be Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel. It’s money well spent.