When two of the biggest movie franchise combine, one must not expect some quality (well, ANY quality) at all. Take the case of the “Si Agimat at si Enteng Kabisote” last year. Also, when a franchise announces that they’ll be ending for a particular year, that automatically means it willl be back next year, as is the case of the Tanging Ina series. Now, what happens when Ina and Enteng join forces? Box office domination of course. But us it necessary? Never mind.
Enteng Kabisote (Vic Sotto) finally wants to live a normal life after his several adventures already at Encantacia. Ina Montecillo (Aiai delas Alas), despite constant denying, still itches to have a man in her life. When Ina Magenta (Amy Perez) was captured in Encantacia, there’s no one left to replace her than Faye (Gwen Zamora). Even with the disapproval of Enteng, Faye decides to accept the title and stay there. Over at the Montecillo household, Ina starts to feel that she needs to focus on her family, but much to her surprise, everyone’s going already leaving her alone. Due to a spell cast to Enteng, he’ll fall in love with the first woman he’ll see, and that happened to be Ina. He “falls” in love with her, and when he learned that it was all but a spell, Ina and her family were already in danger. And then there’s the battle scene and the obligatory happy ending.
First things first, if you’ve seen all the Enteng and Ina movies with passion, then
what’s wrong with you? you can just revisit them again. There’s nothing new here. They’re less funny versions of the previous ones. They did a lot of parody of past Star Cinema movies (My Amnesia Girl, You Changed My Life, A Very Special Love, and No Other Woman), and only the last one worked. The story’s thin as a shanghai wrapper, and most, if not all, jokes are recycled. And not until the last twenty minutes or so will the actual Enteng and Ina unite. The first hour is like a two-in-one feature that separates the two stories.
It is undeniable though that Vic Sotto is still as charismatic as ever. If there’s someone who’s allowed to recycle his jokes over and over again, it’s him. Aiai delas Alas is in her usual overacting self once again, so one can expect an automatic PMPC Best Actress award for her. All the supporting cast were just okay, as they were mostly underutilized. Eugene Domingo is funny as ever, but she wasn’t given a material that will equate to her great talent. Not even her can save this disaster. There was this funny scene with her during Ina’s breakdown scene that is my favorite throughout the movie. The movie has some passable effects, I must say, but it will still boil down to the “nothing new offered” category.
So, while I understand that this is the most family friendly film of this year’s MMFF, this does not mean that it’s a must see. You can skip it, and you won’t miss a thing. This film was just obviously made just so they can say that they had a collaboration. It’s a rehash of a rehash of a rehash of the past installments. Now, brace yourselves if you see a Tanging INAgimat next year.