With such high expectations set by Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo, people expect nothing less than another thigh-slapping movie. Indeed, an hour before the last full show, hundreds of people were already lined up outside the cinema. Fortunately, Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo does not disappoint.
The sequel opens with Angie (Judy Ann Santos) and Jed (Ryan Agoncillo) facing difficulties taking care of their baby, Rafa. Angie attempts to have it all - a budding career and a tranquil family life. In the meantime, their in-laws demand more time with Rafa, and suspect that the young couple is favoring one set of in-laws over the other. To solve the impasse, Angie makes a tough decision that feminists might frown on. Fast forward to three years later, and sensing that Rafa is old enough to be left behind, Jed surprises Angie with a honeymoon in Barcelona. However, Angie has qualms about leaving Rafa behind- and rightly so. In their absence, Rafa’s grandmothers have squabbled over who gets to take care of him. Angie and Jed cut short their vacation and return home to solve the problems on the home front.
Interspersed in the story are numerous subplots- Angie’s mother’s new balikbayan boyfriend, Jed’s friend’s romance with a Spaniard, Angie’s friend’s fertility issues, etc. Director Jose Javier Reyes manages to weave these through the main story to still come up with a coherent movie. Some of these side stories were not well-developed though, leaving you to wonder what came out of them. The film also has a few inconsistencies. For instance, Jed and Angie are almost obsessive-compulsive when it comes to Rafa’s nutrition. Yet, they have no qualms about speaking cuss words in front of him.
True to its being billed a romantic comedy, the film is light all throughout. The picturesque scenes of Barcelona perk up the movie, as well as the side comments disowning Jed and Angie’s “Filipino”antics. Even in the tear-jerking confrontation between Angie and her mother (Gina Pareño), witty wisecracks are thrown in for comic relief. Bronson, Angie’s stepbrother, is particularly funny, with his enormous crooked teeth and perfect English grammar and diction. The show’s funniest scenes, however, belong to Gina Pareño, with her no-nonsense approach to politics, love and grandparenting. You may not agree with her all the time, but you just have to appreciate her good intentions, especially when she takes on Dennis, Rafa’s six-year old playmate.
Sakal, Sakali, Sakloko may not be a showcase in acting skills the way drama films can be, but it is a great feel-good movie that you can watch again on a dreary day. Truly, Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo cements Star Cinema’s reputation as the master of the Filipino rom-com.
As with most sequels, there is a hint of another sequel at the end. If Star Cinema is able to maintain the standards set by Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo and Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo, it can be another movie that’s worth lining up for.
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