At first, I was really drawn with the film's use of magic realism and its elements thereof (as I've seen the full trailer of Ulan during a Captain Marvel screening last week) but it regrettably fell short of my expectations.
Importanty, it misses the point of such a genre and unlike its Latin American literary counterparts, it does nothing more but pick up bits and pieces of magic realism. For starters, it could've made a clearer and more consistent critique on Maya's upbringing and other sociological matters in the film in relation to her grandmother's stories. But this was sidetracked and the film morphed into a failed love story redundantly masquerading as a slice of life.
Even with the limited elements present, the film and its use of Filipino folklore is utterly stale, underdeveloped and two-dimensional. At best, it tries to intrigue the viewer of these local fables and their mythical origins but it nevertheless falls short on the execution-it gets confusing at times and lacks a coherent plot, conflict, and ending.
Nevertheless, I would still credit the producers for attempting to introduce a lesser-known genre in the local film industry and if there's anything I can praise the film for, it is perhaps its cinematography and excellent use of wide shots.
P.S. I found Maya's interactions with her boss at the publishing house corny at best and cringy at worst, particularly with the boss' redundant sexual innuendos and borderline creepy statements, such as his joke that Maya was taking him out on a date. It didn't help that her boss was twice her age and married.
The plot was plainly confusing. Idk where ro focus, on the mythical creatures, Maya's self-growth or her love story. It was also not explained whether the creatures were simply imaginations or real
inspiring lesson about finding love instead of looking for love, she started to embrace and realize her capacity to love herself and eventually giving love to others
Nice movie I can recommend especially to the young women. It’s the mix of reality and a little bit of magic. How finding love is both magical and tragic.
This movie is one of a kind. From the plot, cinematography, sounds, Carlo A. And of course Nadine. What a performance!
Great movie. I love it. I love the acting of Nadine Lustre and the chemistry between her and Carlo Aquino.