OUR MIGHTY YAYA (2017) Review
Directed by Jose Javier Reyes
After Dilim (2014), No Boyfriend Since Birth (2015) and My Bebe Love #KiligPaMore (2015), it is hard to expect anything good from Jose Javier Reyes, but we can’t also disregard Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo (2006) and Ano Ang Kulay ng mga Nakalimutang Pangarap? (2013) which are great, the first was fun and the latter was heartbreaking.
Reyes returns with Regal Entertainment, Inc.’s Mother’s Day presentaion, Our Mighty Yaya. It might look like the usual satirical comedy films that only offer short-term fun and doesn’t mind its story, but there’s actually more than what we expect from it.
Our Mighty Yaya tells the story of Vergie, a mother who wants a better future for her family, so she decides to apply as a nanny in Manila.
Now, when you picture Aiai delas Alas in a not-so-desirable face and plays as a nanny, you could already picture where the film is going.
The film isn’t anything new in Philippine comedy films, it also doesn’t present a different delas Alas, she has been doing this in most of her films, a character that is loud and funny. But Our Mighty Yaya knows where its heart is and it will take you somewhere familiar visually and emotionally.
Yes, it is predictable, the resolution to its complication is actually simple and short, no melodramatic confrontation scenes, it just focuses on the film being able to tell the story of how motherly a woman can be even to people they are not related to. And delas Alas knows it by heart, playing the role of Vergie is effortless for the actress.
We may not get anything new from Our Mighty Yaya, but it’s a harmless revisit to relatable characters and situations that intends to give the audience the conventional Filipino comedy movie for the whole family.
2.5 OUT OF 5 STARS
“Our Mighty Yaya” is now showing in cinemas nationwide from Regal Entertainment, Inc. Rated G by the MTRCB.