Verdict: Proceed with Caution

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 2.00 (11 ratings)

Genre: Fantasy, Comedy

Director: Mac Alejandre

Writer: RJ Nuevas

Cast: Bong Revilla, Marian Rivera, Iza Calzado, Rhian Ramos, Philip Salvador, Eddie Garcia

Synopsis: Flavio (Bong Revilla), the titular blacksmith, goes on a quest to save his love Maria (Iza Calzado) from the clutches of his evil nemesis Lizardo (Philip Salvador).

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Reviews:

4.0          Mihk Vergara (Lagarista)

“It is not until the introduction of Baruha (Lorna Tolentino) that the movie turns from bland movie-of-the week to dystopic Lynchian tour-de-force.The introduction of Baruha starts a split in the narrative, where we leave the happy, content villagers of the opening and explore the depths of Baruha’s fragile mind.” (Read full review)

4.0          Jojo P. Panaligan (Manila Bulletin)

“The film offers exciting action scenes complemented by special effects that almost steal the thunder from the story. The shots and production design are impressive, harkening to the way the international fantasy epics such as Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings were done.” (Read full review)

3.0          J.I.E. Teodoro (GMA News)

“If there is one thing that is excellent about this movie, it is the cinematography by Toto Uy. The picture is clear and colorful, a real delight for children and the child at heart… The visual effects by Jay Santiago and the production design by Richard Somes are lovely to say the least.” (Read full review)

2.0         Jessica Zafra (InterAksyon)

“There is a subplot in Panday 2 that captures the darkness and horror of the old fairy tales. Something terrible happens, but the filmmakers don’t assure the audience that it’s okay, everyone will have a happy ending. Pretty brave for mainstream product. For this we will overlook much of the silliness.” (Read full review)

1.5          Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“At the center of all this is Bong Revilla, who is just as effective as he was the last time. Which is to say: he’s not very effective. He plays Flavio like a mannequin, with no thought put toward the character’s growth or the internal conflicts that might be plaguing him.” (Read full review)

1.5          Cathy Peña (Make Me Blush)

“Envisioned as the local version of The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, its spectacle is lost in its vacuous drivel. Technology should help move a plot. Instead, the story takes the backseat to glorious computer-generated images. There was never a single moment of authentic emotion, thus there was never a sense worthy of empathy.” (Read full review)

1.0         Rolando Tolentino (Pinoy Weekly)

“Ang Panday ni Ramon Revilla, Jr. ay purong fantasya: komunidad na walang ginawa kundi magpatuyo ng tela, lumilipad na mga dragon at may komunidad pala ang mga ito, kwento na natuto na sa “franchise films” na ikinukwento na ang magiging suliranin para sa susunod na installment, at iba pa.” (Read full review)

1.0          Oggs Cruz (Twitch)

“Like a zombie in search for a living human brain to feed on, the film gnaws on your sanity. It actually forces you to wish for random calamities that would salvage you from the misfortune of sitting through a confused and disastrously taxing film.” (Read full review)

Capsules:

2.0          Step Up Guy (Cinephiles)

Ang Panday 2 is a dismal failure — as far as substance is concerned. Voiceovers on the tv trailers boast of the film’s Hollywood-caliber special effects, which is true enough, but a derivative plot and banal characterizations sink the glossy film faster than you can say Fernando Poe Junior.”

1.0          Manuel Pangaruy (Taga-ilog Special)

“Ito ang Rated K as in Kaning-Baboy. Naawa ako kina Rustica Carpio, naawa ako kay LT, naawa ako kahit kay Mark Lapid. 0.5 para sa isang MMFF icon, si Baldo Marro as fight instructor. Sana gumawa rin si Cris Pablo ng pelikula tungkol sa punyal na humahaba. Sorry, wala talaga akong na-appreciate. Pwede na ‘yung eksena ni Iza na hindi s’ya gumagalaw. Ang husay-husay n’ya r’un.”

1.0          Carl Joseph Papa (Whatever Carl)

“It’s just a rehash of the previous installment and a rehash of other mythical fantasies of Hollywood.” (Read full comment)