Watching Si Agimat at Si Enteng Kabisote
made me wish for a proper Okay Ka Fairy Ko
movie; one that forgoes the fantasy adventure trappings of the Enteng Kabisote
series and simply lingers in the domestic situations of his household. The fantasy adventure scenes in this film feel perfunctory, as if trying to reach some imaginary swords-and-sorcery quota. Invincible heroes hack their way through disposable bad guys, never encountering anything that might provide suspense. Meanwhile, the scenes of domestic life in the Kabisote house crackle with energy. I’m not sure this is the film that the filmmakers actually wanted to make.
Mystical warrior Agimat (Bong Revilla) is chasing a monster through dimensions. He and the monster end up in Enkantasya, where human champion Enteng Kabisote happens to be visiting. He and Agimat make shaky first impressions, but the two are made to team up when the monster makes its way to Earth. While the two form an uneasy alliance, powerful villains join forces and conspire to bring an end to the two intrepid heroes.
Adventure stories need some measure of immediacy and danger. This is what the film lacks. The two heroes of these franchises have risen to godlike levels, never really breaking a sweat as they plow through legions of bad guys. The heroes don’t seem at all concerned that a monster from another dimension is running loose through the Earth. They deem it more important to shop for clothes or to have dinner than to try and find the supposed threat. It just doesn’t seem like the movie is really all that interested in being much of an adventure.
There’s more excitement to be found in its portrayals of domestic life. There’s more of a sense of fun in how the Kabisote family members interact with each other. They fight and laugh and joke around. They make fun of each other and talk about big issues within their family. The film’s brightest insight is in how a warrior like Agimat might find the life of the Kabisote household attractive. The film does a pretty decent job of presenting these very mundane truths as comedic reality. But the film isn’t about the Kabisote household, and it instead barrels into endlessly enervating sequences where the heroes hack their way through a faceless crowd of baddies. Shoddy special effects and blatant product placement further lower the stock of the film.
Vic Sotto has never made much of an adventure hero, but he really shines in the household setting. He’s at his best when trading verbal barbs with a houseful of people. Bong Revilla has two expressions as Agimat: mad and not mad. It would’ve been okay had the film committed more to its fantasy adventure trappings, but he certainly feels out of place with the film’s generally goofy tone. The most annoying aspect is the constant in-story praise that they receive from the other characters. It’s just overdone.
Si Agimat at Si Enteng Kabisote
is really nothing more than a commercial proposition. It took the two highest grossing stars of Filmfests prior and stuffed them together with little rhyme or reason, putting them in the same fantasy adventure settings that made them so successful. There’s precious little love to be found within these frames, all the elements of the film existing for the pure fact that they worked before. This doesn’t even feel like the movie the filmmakers wanted to make. Despite all the swords and the magic and the hordes of demons, the film lacks any sense of adventure.