Sunday, May 24, 2015

Edna: i would have killed them all

if Ronnie Lazaro wanted viewers getting out of the theater thinking after seeing Edna, he had succeeded.  i was so bothered and depressed, i wanted to watch Pitch Perfect 2 again.

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Edna marks the directorial film debut of Ronnie Lazaro.  the movie sums up all of the sob stories in an hour and a half and shows us the effects being away from one's family to work abroad from the perspective of the OFW.  what if they come back and the family isn't how they left them? what if the family is so changed and so used to their OFW family member's absence that she is reduced to being a cash cow?  what if she changed herself?  what if she has become so scarred, a totally different person than the one they knew?

Edna embodies all of that.  it's like she went home just in time for Christmas to Sodom and Gomorrah.  not only did they not live up to what they promised they would do if she sent them the money, but they were changed completely.  they were a bunch of monsters. her sister-in-law was sleeping with the town priest and was beating up Edna's youngest son because the child knew about the affair.  her eldest son didn't become a doctor.  he and his wife used the money for the youngest son's hospital bills to fund their mahjong ring at home.  her middle child was using her law school money to finance her married boyfriend.  could it get any worse?  yes, it got way worse when her husband was sleeping with her godson. i don't have anything against gay men falling in love despite the age gap, but when you cheat on your hardworking wife and you threaten separation just so you can drain her of all her finances, you've crossed a line.  i was never a fan of people benefiting from the hard work of others.

when you think about it, each and every one of the actors did a great portrayal of their characters because by the end of the movie, i would've wanted to kill them all, even before Edna decided rat poison was the cure for her ailing heart. Ronnie Lazaro knew what his actors were capable of doing and he was able to extract it out of each and every one of them.   Kiko Matos was hot but really irritating, Nicco Manalo, normally a really sweet boy (at least, that's how i see him) was very selfish and i really wanted to shove all those pairs of sneakers in his mouth.  Sue Prado (yes, if Barber's Tales had a sequel, this would be it LOL) was also very good, and pretty much underrated.  there's more to her than the ditsy roles i see her play.  Irma Adlawan, of course, is an amazing actress.  you could really feel her struggle, her pain, her anguish.  she couldn't see past the family she left until that last straw and even then, she still wanted to fight, if only for her youngest son.

an alternate ending for me would be to have her kill them all and then escape with her youngest son abroad and then the next movie would be Transit.