FELIX MANALO (2015) Review
Directed by Joel Lamangan, dgpi
Grand production and a captivating performance from Dennis Trillo might be the best reason to see ‘Felix Manalo’ as the story seems quite sure it has enough juice but it really lacks depth from its titular character. Its narrative feels superficial as it did not make Felix Manalo flawed, replacing what could have been a compelling story to what the surface sees him as the founder of INC. There are interesting storylines for Manalo, but it jumps to how he built the said religion, not knowing him intimately enough to understand his actions and beliefs.
Supporting characters also felt monotonous, going with the flow without any real personality to provide the story. Prosthetics are done inattentively, editing felt rushed and the VFX looks deficient. It may be hard to evaluate the film as the first cut is 6 hours long and the final cut is 2 hours and 55 minutes, but it felt really plain. Having too many characters and actors allot more than enough time the film needed to build unnecessary sequences rather than diving deeper to Manalo’s mental and emotional journey.
Our rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Felix Manalo opens October 7 in Philippine cinemas nationwide from Viva Films. Rated PG by the MTRCB.