Sunday, December 31, 2006

ZsaZsa Zaturnnah Ze Moveeh

Synopsis: Zsazsa Zaturnnah is based on the fictional comic book superheroine of the same name created by Filipino illustrator and graphic designer Carlo Vergara. It was in a small town where Ada rented a space owned by Aling Britney, and set up shop. With his assistant Didi, Ada was on his way to what he believed to be a normal life. That is, until a strange green stone fell from the sky, granting Ada the ability to transform into a superhuman woman whenever he ingests it and shouts the word "Zaturnnah!" Didi proudly names the new hero Zsazsa Zaturnnah.
Personal Take: Joel Lamangan is directing this movie. It has been tested and proven that Joel Lamangan is the WORST film director in Tagalog cinema in recent times. His works are always inconsistent, bland, corny, devoid of any creativity and originality. Sure, he has won awards, but are you sure those awards were won over an intelligent judgement? Sure, it may have been a good idea to adapt Zaturnnah for film. But Lamangan? Give him any project, and he will screw it up with his gross lack of creativity and cinematic talent.


read the comics, saw the play, and then this
This is a NOT SO GOOD movie of the comic book zsazsa. The feel of the movie is so dated. Unlike the comic book or the play, this movie is so forgettable. After seeing the play, di naman sia ganon ka-artistic but im sure matatandaan ko pa rin siya. this one, it is so-so. maganda pa ang Darna kuno ni Dolphy (which was so "it" then). Ito talagang parang 80's ang attack ng director. ang pangit ng visuals (saw number of filipino films na naaaproximate naman nila ang US films in terms of effects), ito talaga hindi. And the music, this film is supposed to be a musical pero parang wala (tunog lata ang music). I know the music, i have the CD from the play, ito walang dating. kung ito ang una kong napanood, nakakadisappoint talaga. Thanks to the wonderful Alfred Vargas and Rustom, taob ito (actually di man lang napuno sa SM cinema ito). Ang dami namang young directors, sana sila na lang ang gumawa. What is funny is that this film, in spite of the sure fire hit na kabaklaan in the story, did not really fly. Last comment, nawala din iyong superhero ek kasi ano ba naman iyon, mas maganda pa si Ada kaysa kay ZsaZsa (kaya naman pala patay na patay si dodong kay ada eh). Iyong play and comics, gave fantasy-hope sa mga parlorista gay that they would find dodong because of inner beauty. Sad to say, di ito nagawa ng film dahil ang laking ganda ni rustom kay zsazsa (this is the GREATEST JOKE of the film)


if uve watched the play, unappealing ung movie! and the characters at the play are all better.. lalo na c "didi" ng play compared to chokoleit.. and wats with the deletion of the falous lines sa book?! aun pa namn inintay ko! che!!
- dida


("futurefilmmaker" from
First and foremost, Zsa Zsa Zaturnah is intended for MATURE AUDIENCES EVER. Meaning maraming homosexual themes, sexual innuedo, mature language and even nudity ang ZZZ. Evident yun sa graphic novel.

Then came the musical stage play. True, naging faithful sya sa original text and naging enhancement na lang ung pagiging musical niya. The stage play was still catered to MATURE AUDIENCES EVER so the adult content of the material was retained.

Then came the evil hands of mother Lily that raped ZZZ. Daig pa ng ZZZ ang nagang-bang ng sampung lasing na kargador. Regal Films made their own version of ZZZ and simply bought the franchise from CarVer and viola! Isang malaking insulto para sa awtor ng ZZZ na balahurain ang isang materyal na intended para sa mga MATURE AUDIENCES EVER. Nagdagdag ng mga karakter para sa star appeal na wala naman sa original na manuscript. Tapos si Joel Lamangan na naman? Susmaryosep, wish ko lang minsan mastroke si Joel bago ang MMFF 2007 tapos bigla syang gumaling para naman Joel Lamangan Free ang film fest. One word: OVERRATED.

Lamangan indeed is an Actor's Director. But he certainly is not a filmmaker.

Mag-acting coach na lang sya.

Nakakainis kasi fan ako ng ZZZ. Hindi miscast si Zsa Zsa Padilla lalong lalo na si Rustom Padilla. Si Chokoleit din ang unang pumasok sa isip ko habang binabasa ko ang kopya ko ng ZZZ. Katunayan walang miscast sa kanila (maliban kay aling Britney na mas bagay kay Caridad Sanchez) pero badly executed lang talaga ang pelikula. Hindi siya naging faithful to the original graphic novel at parang naging engot at **** lamang si CarVer.

See what commercialization could do.

Kaya apat na superheroes na ang naging biktima ng panggagahasa ng mga producer na nais lamang kumita ng malaki at binalahura ang kanilang mga dangal. Una si Darna na kung nabubuhay lamang si Mars Ravelo, nanaiisin na nyang mamatay. Ang Panday na isang malaking flopsina dahil na rin sa walang kalatoy latoy na storyline. Si Captain Barbell na ultimo damit, pinalitan. Pangalan lang ata ang kinuha kasi ung pinakaessence ng CAPT BARBELL, nawala na. Naging Captain Smallville sya.

At ang huling biktima, ang walang kamuwang muwang na si Zsa Zsa Zaturnah na ginawang rated GP para nga naman malaki ang kita ni mother Lily. Nawala na ang pagiging BAKLA ng ZZZ dahil ginawa syang pampamilya.

MOTHER LILY, ANG ZZZ ay ginawa para sa mga BAKLA at hindi para sayo.


drei said...

yey! another one who agrees that lamangan is the worst director in the history of the world!! :)

i read the book and saw the musical, both were really great. i'm not keen on seeing the film.

Unknown said...

it took me three MMFF years to really notice & pattern the movies that had the worst editing, the most inconsistent, & the gross lack of creativity--were all Joel Lamangan movies.

Last year, BLUE MOON was awarded, perhaps because back then, it was absurd to let Exudos & Mulawin take the main prize. BLUE MOON had a REALLY GREAT storyline that even the most amateur of directors could show some spark of creativity... the good storyline was wasted on a directing that is as bland as the Steven Seagal movies. Hell, i'll take Seagal any day rather than take a Lamangan movie seriously.

Now, i'd wana watch a Lamangan movie so that I could count more examples & evidences why he sucks as a director.

Shame, shame... they who have the power & the influence to mold the cinematic taste of the masses make nothing more than garbage for generations and generations. Decades after now, nobody is going to remember Blue Moon or Mano Po. Nobody is going to remember Joel Lamangan. I am not sure, though, if it is indeed a gross lack of creative effort or just chronic talentlessness.