Singer-actress Sarah Geronimo had faced harsh criticism for the roles she played in the past both on TV and the big screen. Most critics said that the characters she played were too cutesy they didn’t challenge her skill and capability as an actor. Audiences were even much harsher for calling the pop star complacent for not challenging herself to up her game.
But Sarah was doing her job and she was just fulfilling the requirements of the projects and parts offered to her. It’s her professional response to the material given to her like what any actors would do when portraying a role.
In Miss Granny, where Sarah plays a difficult yet passionate septuagenarian (named Fely) who regains her 20-year-old appearance after being photographed at a mysterious studio, the audience will see a compelling actor who is able to change your mood from being happy to sad real quick.
In my interview with the 30-year-old star, she admitted that her role was hard to play that she had an acting coach to guide her in delivering her lines including how her body would respond to a particular scene. She studied the character well and was involved in the creative process of the film.
“I needed that. I’ve been out of the acting scene for a while. I really had to study the role because the nuances of an old lady are different from a 20-year-old,” she said.
True enough, her hard work pays off as she redeems herself in this family comedy drama. Audrey, the name of her character as the 20-year-old Fely in the story, is impeccably tailored fit for her. Yes, it’s time to pay attention to Sarah as a reliable actor and a movie star.
Her commendable portrayal of Audrey can be likened to one of the lines uttered by Xian Lim when his character Lorenz was looking for the next big television star, “Wala ba tayong Nora Aunor...heart and soul…yung magtatagal sa industriya?”
We can hardly come up with a name who can give justice to this role except for Sarah, she was larger than life. She was charming and a magnetic force on the screen, her comedic timing was on point and when it comes to drama, she can surely melt your heart. Needless to say, her work in this film, her best performance so far, deserves an acting recognition.
Don’t get me wrong though, Miss Granny is not just all about Sarah Geronimo. Director Joyce Bernal has created interesting characters out of an already familiar tale. While the story focuses on the central character, roles played by Nova Villa, James Reid, Xian Lim, Nonie Buencamino, including Boboy Garovillo were given some screen time enough to endear them with the audience. In other words, it’s a strong support cast.
The adaptation is commendable, too. While it stayed faithful to the original version, it incorporated Filipino values that local moviegoers can relate to.
Miss Granny is now showing nationwide from Viva Films.
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