One of my favorites from Cinemalaya 2017 will be released as part of the Special Features section in this year’s Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino. Here’s my review of Thop Nazareno’s ‘Kiko Boksingero’.
Note: This was a review I wrote last year, right after I watched it as part of Cinemalaya 2017. I only made some tweaks here and there, but it’s essentially the same review, just updated.
If you wanna read the original post with my collated reviews for last year’s Cinemalaya entries over HERE.
Charming, touching, heart-warming. Yes, these three words rhyme, and they perfectly describe this film. It’s about Kiko, a kid longing for his father, who happens to be a former boxer. Kiko then discovers his love for boxing, and at the same time, he creates a special bond with his estranged father.
There’s nothing unique or groundbreaking here, story-wise, but what makes this special is that it’s full of heart. It’s been over a year since I saw this film, and what I thought about it last year still holds up. It remains to be one of my top picks from last year’s Cinemalaya, and I’m happy everyone’s gonna get a chance to watch this again, this time, through the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino.
What makes it even better is the acting. Newbie child actor Noel Comia Jr. gives a heartfelt, but nuanced performance as Kiko. Yul Servo plays Kiko’s father, an emotionally damaged former boxer, and he plays it with enough subtlety. Yayo Aguila‘s performance as Kiko’s guardian is the most sincere in the film. Her win for Best Supporting Actress was definitely well-deserved.
I loved the cinematography in this film, compared to the other Cinemalaya entries I’ve seen last year. It looks crisp, cleanly shot and well-framed althroughout. Also, I loved the theme song, very fitting for a movie of this kind, it has a comforting melody that stays with you even after watching the film, paired with the innocent singing voice of the lead, Noel Comia Jr.
Kiko Boksingero is a ray of sunshine in this world we live in. If you need a break, and want a feel good movie, this is the one for you.
My Rating: 8/10
Here’s the trailer of ‘Kiko Boksingero’: