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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Lost City of Z

 DIRECTOR:  James Gray  LEAD CAST:  Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland, Angus Macfadyen)  SCREENWRITER:  James Gray  PRODUCER:  Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Anthony Katagas, James Gray, Dale Armin Johnson  EDITOR:  John Axelrad, Lee Haugen  MUSICAL DIRECTOR:  Christopher Spelman  GENRE:  Biographical adventure, historical drama  CINEMATOGRAPHER:  Darius Khondji  DISTRIBUTOR:  Collosal Mega Films Co.  LOCATION:  Colombia and Ireland  RUNNING TIME:  141 minutes
Technical assessment:  4
Moral assessment:  3
CINEMA rating: V14
British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) sets out in 1906 to survey Bolivia’s dense rainforests. With corporal Henry Costin (Robert Pattinson), he finds relics of ancient pottery that convince him that deep within the Amazon jungle is a civilization far more advanced than high-brow London society can acknowledge. He calls it the Lost City of Z. Fawcett and Costin return to Bolivia a second time to locate the city, but their mission is sabotaged by self-directed biologist James Murray (Angus Macfadyen). On his third attempt in 1923, Fawcett is joined by his son Jack (Tom Holland). They never return, but Nina (Sienna Miller) does not lose hope that her husband and son are alive, even as she shows proof that someone saw them living with the Amazon people.
Based on David Grann’s book of the same title, The Lost City of Z is a cinematic experience of idyllic meadows in Ireland and dramatic indoor shots and closeups. With good lighting, the scenes become almost like impressionist paintings. The magic is lost when the film takes the audience to the recesses of the Amazon. The supposed emerald greens and glistening forests, even the ancient pottery that was central to the story, failed to enthrall and convince the audience that there might indeed be a Lost City of Z. The script compensates, and is outstanding for unraveling the internal conflicts of the characters: of Fawcett’s desire to restore the glory of his family’s name, his faith in the existence of an ancient and advanced civilization frowned upon by England’s intellectual aristocracy, of Nina’s struggles to transcend the stereotypical role of a devoted wife and mother as she articulates her desire to be part of the expedition herself.

Yet even with a laudable script, or perhaps because of it, The Lost City of Z fails to stir our hearts, but as a purely intellectual experience it challenges us to examine our own prejudices. To what extent are we prepared to abandon our preconceived notions, much of them subliminal, of racial supremacy? That the film is told from the point of view of a white man and very little if at all is conveyed about or by the Amazon tribes gives us pause. It mirrors how modern society silences the poor in the periphery, quite opposite the preferential option for the poor that we as Catholics should vow to pursue. We also shouldn’t miss the centrality of marriage and family as drivers of one’s choices in life. The film illuminates this issue so well, showing how Fawcett is at once driven by personal ambitions and lofty ideals, and his son Jack, in rage, questions his father’s convictions. Immensely relevant in today’s Filipino diasporas mushrooming in various parts of the world, where people go in search of better jobs. Overseas Filipinos are our modern day Fawcetts. The Lost City of Z makes us think, and as a tool for introspection, it achieves its purpose. 

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge

Director:   Joachim Ronning, Espen Sandberg  Lead Cast: Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Kaya Scodelario, Brenton Thwaites  Screenwriter:      Jeff Nathanson, Terry Rossio, Ted Elliot  Producer:  Jerry Bruckheimer  Editor:  Roger Balton, Leigh Folsom Boyd  Musical Director:  Geoff  Zanelli  Genre: Fantasy-Adventure  Cinematographer: Paul Cameron  Distributor: Walt Disney  Location: United States  Running Time:   129 minutes
Technical assessment: 2
Moral assessment: 2.5
CINEMA rating: A14
MTRCB rating: PG
The fifth installment of the popular franchise, Pirates of the Carribean: Salazar’s Revenge take an all-new adventure with the usual not-so-lucky Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) who feels the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost sailors led by his old nemesis, the evil Capt. Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil's Triangle and are now after him.  Jack's only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon—but to find it, he must forge an uneasy alliance with a brilliant and beautiful astronomer Carina (Kaya Scodelario) and a headstrong young man Henry Turner (Brenton Thawaites), son of  Jack’s old associates Will (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Turner (Keira Knightley). Henry is out to free his father from the curse of the Flying Dutchman. Jack, Carina and Henry sail together to find the Trident of Poseidon for different reasons. Will they be able get there and survive amidst the rage of Jack’s enemies?  
Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge suffers from the usual problems of convoluted storytelling without a compelling center. The point-of-view is confusing from the very start as it introduces the new and young characters Henry and Carina. With the presence of these two, it seems that Jack Sparrow’s presence is just coincidental and does not go beyond from being merely functional. The characterization seems uninspired with most of them bordering on the mechanical. There is no depth of emotional development or human dimension besides superhuman beings and ghosts who appear to be more powerful than the living—result is a poorly developed story with a spectacular backdrop of visual effects and production design. Even the action sequences appear to be as tired as the franchise with no more new tricks and antics to offer other than extending it for the sake of introducing younger characters. Lighting seems to be dark at most times, making some scenes hard to understand. But then the film still tries very hard to live-up to its original appeal—romantic, naughty, action-packed, mysterious, dark yet has something good to say. Perhaps it just pales in comparison to its predecessors.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge revolves around the unfailing love of a son for his father which is later on compensated by a father’s sacrificial love for his daughter. Although these are not attributed to the main character, Jack Sparrow, it is the fuel of the story though not necessarily well-developed. There are questionable scenes of adultery and violence that may not be suitable for the very young followers of the franchise. Such depictions of immorality are easily dismissed as not central to the conflict. However, given that the franchise is made popular by its lead—a drunkard, womanizer, criminal,  a pirate with no apparent redeeming value aside from being supportive and instrumental for others to achieve their pure intentions—the film remains on the borderline of being morally disturbing. Not to mention the graphic violence with a certain degree of blood and gore in most fight scenes which might desensitize young, impressionable minds. CINEMA deems the film as fit only for audiences 14 years old and above.  Parents are cautioned to guide their children while watching this film as its genre will always be misleading as wholesome entertainment.

Sunday, June 11, 2017


DIRECTOR: Seth Gordon   CAST: Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario, David Hasselhoff  SCREENPLAY BY: Damian Shannon, Mark Swift  STORY BY: Jay Scherick, David Ronn, Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant  BASED ON: Baywatch by Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz, Gregory J. Bonann  PRODUCERS: Ivan Reitman, Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz, Gregory J. Bonann,  Beau Flynn  EDITOR: Peter Elliot  CINEMATOGRAPHY: Eric Steelberg  MUSIC: Christopher Lennertz  GENRE: Action, Comedy, Drama  PRODUCTON COMPANIES: Paramount Pictures, Contrafilm, The Montecito Picture Company, Vinson Pictures, Seven Bucks Productions, Flynn Company, Cold Spring Pictures  DISTRIBUTORS: Paramount Pictures  COUNTRY: USA  LANGUAGE: English  RUNNING TIME:  116 minutes
Technical assessment:  3
Moral assessment: 3
CINEMA rating: V18 
MTRCB rating: R16
Lt. Mitch Buchanan (Dwayne Johnson) leads a team of lifeguards composed of Stephanie Holden (Ilfenes Hadora) and CJ Parker (Kelly Rohrbach) at the Emerald Bay. Mitch is well regarded by the bay community because of his track record on life rescues. In one of his routine patrols in the bay he finds a pouch of prohibited drugs washed up near the Huntley Club owned by big time businesswoman Victoria Leeds (Priyandka Chopra).  Suspecting something fishy going on at the Club, he sets to investigate its activities, involving his team of lifeguards plus trainees—surfer Summer (Alexandria Daddario), nerd Ronnie (John Bss), and Matt Brody (Zac Efron, a disgraced Olympic swimmer and gold medalist).  Brody initially comes on arrogant, his ego puffed up by his Olympian celebrity status, but with Mitch’s tough mentoring, he learns to work with the team.  The full team works to gather evidence of Leeds’ illegal drug operations   but the syndicate, the bay management, and the police give them a hard time.
Baywatch has a good cast telling a good story but excessive reference to sexual inhibitions of a nerd character and exposure of male genitals of a dead body to elicit laughter is rather distracting.  Exchange of jokes in vulgar language somehow overshadows meaningful dialogue on Baywatch duties.  Nonetheless, the film offers good cinematography in some of the long shots of the bay, underwater and rescue scenes, with compliments of good editing.  The rescue scenes (especially the one with the boat on fire) actually give viewers a ringside view of lifeguarding, and graphically tells them the job is not just about “protecting people from sunburn”.  The production design, costumes and make-up are appropriate either at the beach or in high-end social functions. The musical score gives an overall upbeat tone to the film.
Inspired by the famous American TV series of same title, Baywatch focuses on the interaction between Mitch and Brody—mentor and trainee—and the latter’s maturing through failures until he finds meaning and purpose in his work. All work duties especially as a team leader require dedication, hard work and accountability. This is how the character of Mitch is portrayed in the film.  He does not tolerate arrogance among his team mates and he makes them realize the importance of good attitudes and self-discipline to be able to succeed in a lifeguard job where precious life is always at stake. The film also depicts that no matter how far a person has reached a celebrity status there comes a time that his humility may be challenged to face life’s realities, just like the character of Brody, the disgraced Olympian. When there is misunderstanding between two people with a wide age gap, the older shows firmness and maturity in injecting right attitude and values.  However, the movie is peppered with shots of women’s breasts, butts, men’s sex organ, and expressions of sexual desires with vulgar language.  Did Baywatch intentionally use sexual humor and situations to get the younger audience to sit up and listen to Mitch’s wisdom and sound values?  For instance, we see the dead-man-in-the-morgue footage as a test of Brody’s sincerity to serve seriously as a lifeguard, and we hope that the audience who laughed over this scene saw its value as we did.  Maybe yes, maybe no, thus, CINEMA gives it a V18 rating—for older teens and adults who are assumed to be more discerning viewers.    

Friday, June 9, 2017

Wonder Woman

DIRECTOR: Patty Jenkins   LEAD CAST: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen  SCREENPLAY: Allan Heinberg, Jeoff Johns  PRODUCER:  Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Jack Snyder, Richard Suckle  EDITOR:  Martin Walsh  MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Rupert Gregson-Williams  GENRE: American Superhero Film  CINEMATOGRAPHER:  Matthew Jensen  DISTRIBUTOR: Warner Bros. Pictures  LOCATION: United Kingdom  RUNNING TIME: 140 minutes
Technical assessment: 4
Moral assessment:  4
CINEMA rating:  V14\

As the only child among Amazonian women warriors in Themyscira, 8-year-old Diana (Lilly Aspel) is told that she has no father, as her mother Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen) had sculpted her from clay and that the Greek god Zeus brought her to life.  Eager to be like the warrior women around, the girl pleads with her mother to start her training, but the maternally protective Hippolyta forbids it.  Hippolyta’s sister, General Antiope (Robin Wright), begins to secretly train Diana until they are discovered when Diana is aged 12, (Emily Carey).  When Antiope argues that Diana should be able to fight to at least protect herself, Hippolyta gives in and tells her sister to train Diana 10 times harder than the rest, but she must never be told the truth that her father is Zeus. After dramatically defeating Antiope in training, Diana (Gal Gadot)—now a young woman—isolates herself, apparently stunned by the supernatural power she has manifested in combat.  At this point she witnesses a light plane plunging into the sea, and instinctively dives off a cliff to rescue its drowning pilot, American spy Captain Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), with whom Diana is to begin her mission of saving the world from the god of war, Ares (David Thewlis).  (Full review to follow)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Direction: Guy Ritchie; Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Djimon Hounsou, Jude Law, Eric Bana; Story and Screenplay: Guy Ritchie, Lionel Wigram, Joby Harold; Cinematography: John Mathieson; Editing:  James Herbert; Producer: Guy Ritchie, Akiva Goldsman, etc.; Music: Daniel Pemberton; Genre: Epic Adventure; Distributor: Warner Bros; Location: Camelot  Running Time: 126 minutes
Technical assessment: 3                                                       
Moral assessment: 3
CINEMA rating: V14
After defeating Mordred and his minions, King Uther (Bana), the good and powerful King of the Britons and master of Excalibur is betrayed and murdered by his envious brother Vortigern (Law). The child prince Arthur (Hunnam) is safely swept by the river into the brothel where prostitutes find, care and raise him. Arthur grows up tough and cunning. When the river reveals the Excalibur, Vortigern has young men rounded up and forced to try to extract the sword to he can flush out the only threat—Arthur. Meanwhile, Arthur is captured and successfully pulls the sword Excalibur out from the rock. He then discovers his real identity as well as his destiny to defeat Vortigern and free Camelot. But the questions remains: Is Arthur willing to do so?
Richie’s version is at most fun. It intertwines the classic legend with non linear editing techniques familiar to action spy films, avant-garde designs and completely different character personalities. That he tried to impute revisionist visions in the classic tale is commendable. It did away with Camelot’s romance and chivalry and made the well-loved ancient characters interact with modern concepts of society and storytelling.  But his brave attempt delivered nothing more than a muddled version with outrageously cheesy dialogue and a series of scenes that rushed for two hours.   Perhaps the film could have worked if it was not packaged as a King Arthur story. 

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword threads on two main themes: sacrifice and responsibility. We see two sides of sacrifice—the self-serving and the selfless of Vortigern and Uther, respectively. The former consumes and destroys, the latter liberates and unites. Sacrifice gains its worth when its motivation is not the self.  In the same manner, another person's sacrifice reciprocates a call to stand up and become the leader or game changer you are called to be. In other words, a selfless sacrifice begets a commitment to responsibility… again not to the self but for the common good. Needless to say, the film reiterates a simple and straightforward message—that there is good in every person regardless of his background. On the other hand, education, social stature, and authority do not make a person good. It is still a matter of choice. While Ritchie tries really hard to deliver a solid message, he does so with an exaggerated storytelling and unconvincing characterization. We doubt if the audience can wade through the confused plot and flamboyant production. But nonetheless, we did say the film—with Pemberton’s thumping music—is a lot of fun.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Alien Covenant

Direction: Ridley Scott; Cast:  Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterstone, Billy Crupud, Danny Mcbride;   Story:  Jack Paglen, Michael Green; Screenplay: John Logan, Dante Harper; Producer; Ridley Scott, Mark Huffam, etal;  Cinematography: Dariusz Wolski; Music Jed Kurzel;  Editing: Pietro Scalia;Genre: Horror-Sci-Fi; Distributor: 20th Century Fox; Location: outer space  Running Time : 123 minutes
Technical assessment:  3.5
Moral assessment:  3
CINEMA rating: V18
MTRCB rating: R16
Alien Covenant takes place after the events of Prometheus although the opening sequence is the beginning of the predecessor film wherein the synthetic David (Fassbender) questions mankind’s creator. Years after, aboard the spacecraft Covenant, Walter (Fassbender) looks after the space crew and the 2000 colonists and embryos onboard to Origae-6, a remote planet they plan to inhabit. Covenant is hit by space debris destroying part of the spaceship and killing the ship’s captain Branson and a few colonists. While repairing the damage, they pick up a radio signal which turns out to be a woman singing an old western song coming from a nearby unknown but habitable planet.  Oram (Crudup) the new captain, decides to check it out instead of continuing their original journey. Daniels (Waterston) disagrees but she is overruled by Oram. An expedition team descends to explore the planet. They discover the Prometheus ship but two crew members are impregnated by alien spores. In a series of mauling and killing, the survivors are rescued by David and led to his hideout in the city full of Engineer corpses. After several discussions, Walter realizes that David purposely unleashed the black liquid they were carrying on board the Prometheus which killed the Engineers. David then experimented on creating a new species, thereby transforming himself from a created servant into the creator and master. Walter and David struggle as Tennessee (McBride) arrives to extract the survivors. Daniels, and injured Lope (Bichir) and Walter escape and return to the Covenant only to face off with another alien who got implanted in Lope. Walter helps Tennessee and Daniels defeat the alien and they resume their journey to Oregae-6 in hyper sleep. Before Daniels falls asleep, she asks Walter to help her build the log cottage by the river, when she sees Walter is not responding as expected, she realizes that but it is David all along. However, it is too late as she succumbs to sleep as David places two alien embryos out of his mouth and into the cold storage together with the human embryos.
Ridley Scott delivers the same mystic suspense and calculated gore to keep the audience interested but sensitive to the images and concepts unfolding in the narrative. The story is well structured and is not hard to follow even without having seen the previous Alien films. It borders on predictability yet keeps the audience glued and anticipating. The elaborate and painstaking design presents a world that is cold yet alive, undiscovered and dangerous. Fassbender gives a believable performance as the charmingly faithful Walter and the manipulative David searching for purpose. It is unfair but inevitable to compare Waterston’s with Sigourney Weaver's Ripley—in all aspects she falls short. Overall, this Alien franchise entertains enough as it explores another philosophical question about existence and purpose. If it gives the answer… that is the question.
The pinnacle of one's existence is to be like God—to have the ability to create. And fortunately, mankind has been bestowed with this gift.  Man creates through arts, through invention, through procreation. And unlike other living creatures, man's ability to create is enveloped in the desire to be human—that is to love and be loved, to serve and be one. When man loses his humanity, his creations become destructive for they are done for self-gratification. Then he loses his purpose—he exists to conquer and devour. Then he becomes a monster. Alien Covenant illustrates this through David and Walter. Both created synthetics but one became more human because he retained his purpose to love, serve and be one with his community, while the other who despite discovering the ability to create transformed himself into the monster.  While the movie delivers profound points for discernment, the graphic action and gore are not suitable for young audiences.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Dear Other Self

DIRECTOR: Veronica Velasco  LEAD CAST: Jodi Sta. Maria, Xian Lim and Joseph Marco,  SUPPORTING CAST: Carla Martinez, Bodjie Pascua, Anna Luna, Paul Salas, Elaine Ochoa  SCREENWRITERS: Veronica Velasco, Jinky Laurel  PRODUCERS:  Charo Santos-Concio, Malou Santos  GENRE: Romantic Comedy  PRODUCTION COMPANY: ABS-CBN Film Productions, Inc.  DISTRIBUTED BY: Star Cinema  COUNTRY: Philippines  LANGUAGE: Tagalog  RUNNING TIME: 1hr 48 minutes
Technical assessment:  3
Moral assessment:    
CINEMA rating:  V14 
Isang debotong anak si Becky (Jodi Sta. Maria), kung ang pag-uusapan din lang ay ang pagmamahal sa mga magulang at kapatid na pinatutunayan ng dalaga sa pamamagitan ng materyal na suporta sa pamilya.  Matalino at bibong career girl si Becky kung kaya’t sa kabila ng mga gastusin sa pamilya ay nagagawa pa niyang mag-ipon ng pera sa pag-asang darating ang araw na papalarin siyang mag-adventure sa pamamasyal sa ibang bansa.  Gawa ng isang di-inaasahang pangyayari, masisisante si Becky sa trabaho, na siya namang magiging daan upang sa wakas ay makapag-pasiya na siyang iwanan muna ang mga pananagutan.  Sa Thailand, makikilala niya Henry (Xian Lim), at magsimula na nga and kanyang pagiging adbenturera.
May “gimmick” ang paglalahad ng kuwento ng Dear Other Self: sa pamamagitan ng mahusay na editing ay maayos nitong napagsalit-salit ang mga eksena ng dalawang posibilidad sa buhay ni Becky—kung mananatili siya sa Pilipinas, ay ganito ang maaaring mangyari sa kanya; at kung  makikipagsapalaran siya sa ibang bansa, ay ganoon naman ang maaaring sapitin niya.  Hindi gasinong pinalalim ng pelikula ang kuwento—masyadong sinikap nito na maging masaya at nakakakiliti ang aspetong romansa—ito ba’y dahil sa isang rom-com (romantic comedy) lamang ang pelikula?  Akma ang pagganap ng mga artista sa kani-kaniyang mga papel—lalo na si Sta. Maria na kinayang tumambal sa dalawang karomansa sa iisang pelikula—bagama’t may mga eksenang (close up) nakakabagot dahil pinahaba nang walang katuturan.  Nagdagdag ng kulay sa Dear Other Self ang mga eksenang kuha sa Thailand, at kapani-paniwala din ang mga artistang Thai sa husay nilang gumanap.

May isang kaugaliang Pilipinong napapaloob sa Dear Other Self ang maaaring talakayin sa pag-uusap-usap ng pamilya o mga kaeskuwela: ang pagsasakripisyo alang-alang sa pamilya, tulad ng ginawa ni Becky—bukas palad na pagpapautang sa ama kahit binabalaan na ng ina na sa bisyo lamang gagamitin ang pera; patuloy na pagpapaaral sa kapatid na inuuna pa ang kalaguyo kesa pag-aaral.  Paano ito nakabubuti?  Hanggang saan dapat magsaskripisyo nang ganito, at kailan at paano itong nakakasama sa kabila ng ating mga magagandang intensiyon?  Pansinin din natin ang di-kanais-nais na gawi ng dalawang estudyante na pinasok ang pre-marital sex sa kabila ng pagtutol ng magulang.  Sa bandang huli, diumano’y “tumino” ang estudyanteng kapatid nang lumayo si Becky—ano ang sinasabi ng pelikula sa pangyayaring ito?

Our Mighty Yaya

DIRECTOR: Jose Javier Reyes  LEAD CAST: Ai-Ai delas Alas, Megan Young, Zoren Legazpi, Sofia Andres  SCREENWRITER:  Jose Javier Reyes  PRODUCER:  Roselle Y. Monteverde, Lily Y. Monteverde  EDITOR:  Bebs Sabellano Gohetia  MUSICAL DIRECTOR:  Michael Idioma, Immanuel Verona  GENRE: Family Drama-Comedy  CINEMATOGRAPHER:  Patrick Layugan  PRODUCTION DESIGNER: Ericson Navarro  DISTRIBUTOR: Regal Entertainment  LOCATION:  Philippines  RUNNING TIME:   103 minutes
Technical assessment: 2
Moral assessment: 3
CINEMA rating: PG 13
MTRCB rating: GP
Si Virgie (Ai-ai Delas Alas) ay isang taga-probinsiya na nangarap ng magandang kinabukasan para sa kanyang anak. Nang hindi na sapat ang kinikita nilang mag-asawa sa bukid, napilitan si Virgie na tanggapin ang alok na trabaho sa Maynila bilang yaya. Mamamasukan siya sa mayamang pamilya ni Antonio Sevilla (Zoren Legaspi), isang biyudong may tatlong anak. Sa simulaĆ½ mahihirapan si Virgie na makibagay lalo pa’t tila mahirap makasundo ang bagong asawa ni Antonio na si Monique (Megan Young) na pilit ginugustong mapalapit sa mga bata ngunit sadyang mailap sila dito. Mapapalapit naman si Virgie sa mga bata—bagay na hindi magawa ni Monigue kung kaya’t sa halip na makabuti ay ito pa ang maaring ikapahamak  ni Virgie dahil lingid sa kanyang kaalaman, kinaiingitan na siya ni Monique.
Maraming pagkukulang ang Our Mighty Yaya pagdating sa mga teknikal na aspeto ng paggawa ng pelikula. Kulang sa bigat ang kuwento at tila hindi maliwanag kung ano ang nais nitong patunguhan. Ang mga patawa ay pawang pilit din na pinagtatakpan ng mga magkakahiwalay na maliliit na eksena para lamang maging kakaiba at katawa-tawa. Ngunit walang sinusundang malaking kuwento ang pelikula. Si Virgie bilang pangunahin at sentrong karakter ay hindi gaanong nahimay at nahagod ang buong pagkatao. Nabigo ang pelikula na ilabas ang kaluluwa ng kuwento. Nanatili ito sa mga pormula at isteryotipikal na pagkukuwento. Sa madaling salita, walang bagong inihain ang pelikula sa kabuuan.
Bagama’t maraming pagkukulang sa kuwento, hitik sa magagandang aral ang  Our Mighty Yaya patungkol sa mahalagang papel na ginagampanan ng mga kasambahay sa ating pamilya. Pambihira na ang mga katulad ni Virgie pagdating sa pagmamalasakit sa mga alaga at pamilya na kanyang pinagsisilbihan. Maaring sa simula ay nahirapan si Virgie na makibagay sa kadahilanang nakikita siya ng mga lahat ng tao sa bahay bilang pangit at ignorante—ngunit bandang dulo nama’y lumutang ang kabutihan ng kanyang kalooban kung kaya’t nakuha rin niya ang nauukol na paggalang at pagmamahal ng pamilya Sevilla. Isang huwarang yaya ang karakter ni Virgie—bagay na mahirap nang makita sa tunay na buhay.  Kung mapapanood ng mga yaya ang pelikula, nawa’y magsilbing insipirasyon ito sa kanila upang pagbutihin ang kanilang napiling papel na gampanan sa mga pamilya. Sa mga amo naman, isa ring mabuting halimbawa ang pamilya Sevilla pagdating sa pagtrato sa kanilang yaya at kasambahay. Hindi sila itinuturing na iba—bagkus sila ay pinakikisamahan ng tama. May mga bata ring sobrang pilyo tulad ng mga bata sa pelikula—pero kung minsan, ang kapilyuhan at pagiging spoiled ay maaring maiwasan kung gagabayan nang tama ng magulang ang kanilang mga anak. Dapat din itong makita sa pelikula—na ang paghubog sa karakter ng mga anak ay hindi lang dapat iniaasa sa yaya o sa paaralan, pagka’t laging may malaking papel ang magulang. Sa bandang huli ay pagmamahal pa rin ang namamayani—sa gitna ng inggitan at alitan, ang kabutihan at pagmamahal ang magpapanatiling buo sa pamilya, kasama na rin ang mga yaya at kasambahay.  Bagama’t maaaring panoorin ito ng mga bata, may mga eksena pa rin sa Our Mighty Yaya na nangangailangan ng gabay ng mga magulang.