Star na si Van Damme Stallone tackles the story of a mother with a child that has Down Syndrome. While the movie is advertised as a light-hearted movie, it isn’t afraid to convey dark moments that come with the reality of the situation.
The movie subtly shows how Nadia suffer in an effort to make life as normal as possible for Van Van. Film direction deftly captures the emotions of the story which lend the movie its gravitas.
In one scene, Nadia cries in a car after watching a movie as she realizes that her son can never fully achieve his aspirations because of his condition. The camera shoots from afar, showing how parents can end up isolated and suffer by themselves.
At the same time, the script develops Van Van’s character and doesn’t exploit his condition for theatrics. Candy Pangilinan carries the whole movie and delivers a stellar performance. The rest of the cast also did well.
While Star na si Van Damme Stallone isn’t a typical movie about Down Syndrome, it’s still a crowdpleaser that ties up the story with pat resolutions and a neatly wrapped up ending.
Nonetheless, the movie has enough realistic moments to separate it from typical family dramas. In the end, Star ni Van Damme Stallone is a mother-son story which tells us that the people who see us for who we are, is what truly matters.
Star na si Van Damme Stallone
Star na si Van Damme Stallone is a charming mother-son story with a riveting performance by Candy Pangilinan, a thoughtful script and deft film direction.