Thursday, 17 December 2015

Movie Review: Toto

Antonio "Toto" Estares comes from Tacloban, Philippines, a place ravaged by Typhoon Yolanda. His mother has cancer. He works at a hotel in Manila, and tries every which way to get to the U.S. so he can support his family – which he’s been doing since his father died and left them penniless. His father had made it to Las Vegas to become a stage act and promised to petition his family, but he ended up a dishwasher who drank and gambled away everything. The only thing Toto inherited from his father is the obsession of the dream, which he has forged into his own, and is intent on fulīŦlling it, because it was also once his mother’s hope.

Toto is hilarious without the slapstick, it's a rib-tickling comedy that taps on real issues and realistic incidents.The film is well balanced, it possesses just the right amount of mental and creative substance with the wit and humor that could entice each and every kind of audience. I am delighted by Sid Lucero's performance throughout the film, his charming and sincere character wins the audience' hearts instantly. Sid's chemistry with Thou Reyes is brilliant. Thou's performance is also something to watch out on this film. This is one film that has a lot to say about us Filipinos and our oftentimes misguided colonial mentality to consider working abroad as an aspiration in life. Overall Toto is entertaining, glossy to watch to and one of the films that I can recommend to watch in this years' MMFF New Wave.

My Verdict:  4/5


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