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MOVIE REVIEW: Mang Kepweng: Ang Lihim ng Bandanang Itim

With the type of year we’ve had this 2020, perhaps the best antidote is some mindless comedy. This may be the motivation that compelled ABS-CBN Films and Cineko Productions to push through with another instalment of the Mang Kepweng franchise.

Synopsis: Mang Kepweng: Ang Lihim ng Bandanang Itim reunites fans with Mang Kepweng (Vhong Navarro), the faith healer who was given the power of the bandanang pula (red scarf) to heal people and fight the bad guys in the first movie.

However, he becomes a local celebrity and grows drunk with his success. As a result, the magic scarf begins to lose its power. A villain named Maximus Tolonges (Joross Gamboa) enters the picture to steal a powerful black bandana from Encadia. The bandana is powerful enough to bring illness and hardship to both the human and fairy realm and Mang Kepweng is the only one who can stop him.

Suffice to say, the second film in Vhong Navarro’s reboot franchise was filled with gags and jokes involving all types of comedic trope possible. The film employed toilet humor, slapstick, physical humor and the type of comedy that the cast members of Its Showtime specializes in, and because of how the movie presented its story, it worked.

From the onset, Mang Kepweng did not pretend to be any other than an hour or so of comedy. On that aspect, the film was a success. It did not take itself too seriously, and they made it clear that if audiences were looking for anything sensible, it would not be found in this movie. Once audiences are on board with the idea, they proceeded with their mission to illicit laugh after laugh with the cast members’ antics.

Mang Kepweng had a flimsy story, a low budget, it was shallow and sometimes, it even had cringe-worthy dialogue but because of the cast’s commitment to making people laugh, there were ad libs aplenty and a lot of bloopers that made it to the final cut.

On paper, it seems like a disaster, yet, somehow, the final outcome worked. Depending on how you manage your expectations, this is a pretty fun watch for the family. Kudos to director Topel Lee for this reprieve from 2020.

Check out my full review on https://itswynnesworld.com/2020/12/28/mang-kepweng-ang-lihim-ng-bandanang-itim-mmff-2020-movie-review/

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