Skyscrapers in Blu Bustamante’s Japanese TV show Force Five are, sure, crude, mostly made of cardboard materials wrapped up with painted ledge, glass windows, corners, rooftops and whatever. These visual imperfections of practical superhero costumes, robots and props that have Livelo copy and reenact a show from the sentai series of the nineties are actually the film’s sole charm, the roughness giving off an odd appeal that is endearing enough. Unfortunately, it is all there is to the film, with the rest of it, the bigger, larger part that is, basking in anemic creativity, if there was one. The film largely clings on the nostalgia factor, which only serves well for a limited audience.
The banter between Joem Basco and comedian Jun Sabayton are mostly hinted at the former’s physical assets (if there is such a thing) and the latter’s self-deprecation. This kind of comedy is not only easy, but also jurassic old and lazy. Improvisation to achieve a rapport that is not actually there is not, well, improvisation at all. Even the father-son angle seems insipidly written and simplistically dramatized.