Ibong AdarnaVerdict: Proceed with Caution

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 2.21 (7 ratings)

Genre: Adventure

Director: Jun Urbano

Writers: Jun Urbano, Angelo Hernandez

Cast: Rocco Nacino, Leo Martinez, Joel Torre, Angel Aquino, Benjie Paras, Lilia Cuntapay, Patricia Fernandez, Ronnie Lazaro

Synopsis: Sultan Mabait (Joel Torre) rules over a small kingdom of warring tribes. His scheming brother Datu Mangimbot (Leo Martinez) asks a witch to place a curse on the Sultan, striking him with a mysterious illness. Mabait’s son Sigasig (Rocco Nacino) goes on a quest to find the mythical Ibong Adarna, whose song can cure any ailment. The dangerous journey has the young hero facing stormy seas, dense jungles, a savage tribe, magical fairies, and the bird itself, which may be the most fearsome threat of all. (Click the City)

MTRCB rating: G

Running time: 90 mins

Trailer: 

Reviews:

4.0         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

Ibong Adarna isn’t a perfect film by any means, but even its missteps are kind of endearing. The movie has a very distinct voice, a sort of classical approach that is sorely missing from a lot of comparable local G-rated movies.” (Read full review)

3.0         Oggs Cruz (Rappler)

“It seems that Urbano believes that there is a certain level of consistency in how children see the world, that despite the constantly changing politics and philosophies of the world, children would still appreciate the utter simplicity and frankness of a morally-grounded fairy tale.” (Read full review)

2.5         Benedict Bartolome (PEP)

Ibong Adarna the Pinoy Adventure aimed to elevate the Filipino movie viewing experience by bringing culture and dignity to the screen but it ultimately falls back to tried and true simple comedy.” (Read full review)

2.0         Cathy Peña (Make Me Blush)

“There are moments that for a split second take you back to your childhood. But these are way too fleeting to really indulge or enjoy. Once reality slaps you right back, you realize that, in this film adaptation, there isn’t much to munch on other than its predictable strain.” (Read full review)

2.0         Nood.ph

“Hindi ko alam kung dahil aimed at kids ang pelikulang ito, pero medyo nakakainis na sa una palang ay kita mo na kung sino ang masama at kung sino ang mabuti. Kalimutan man natin ang super-obvious na name suggestions, masyadong clear-cut kung kanino ka dapat mag-root.” (Read full review)

1.0         Fred Hawson (Fred Said)

“The acting was terribly cheesy, way beneath the known talents of the actors gathered for this project. The visual effects were like the quality of a regular TV fantasy program only, no effort for believability and obviously cartoonish. They do not inspire awe nor wonder at all, even for the kids.” (Read full review)

1.0         Emil Hofileña (Cinemil Movie Reviews)

“There’s no tension, there’s no sense of wonder to anything. You’re just seeing things unfold. Same goes for the characters. You should not settle for archetypes, even if they were in the source material.” (Watch video review)