REVIEW: Firefly - Let Your Imagination Make You Cry

GMA Pictures joins the Metro Manila Film Festival for 2023 with an emotional film filled with adventure, love, friendship, and a lot of imagination with FIREFLY. Directed by Zig Dulay, it stars Alessandra De Rossi, Euwenn Mikaell, Miguel Tanfelix, Ysabel Ortega, Epy Quizon, Yayo Aguila, and a special participation by Dingdong Dantes.

Interestingly, many films with the word 'firefly' are known to be tear-jerkers with a very moving story. And when I heard the title of the film, I knew that this would really move the viewers and indeed I saw and felt it when I saw this at the premiere night of the film with the stars along with the key personalities of GMA Public Affairs like Jessica Soho and Kara David.

FIREFLY tells the story of a kid named Tonton, who went on a journey to find the island of the fireflies which his mother (Alessandra) would tell stories filled with magical creatures and one can fulfill one's wish when they would reach it. The unexpected travel would lead Tonton to meet Louie (Epy), Linda (Yayo), Billy (Miguel), and Erika (Ysabel) along the way. 

Indeed, the journey was not easy for the group as they face challenges along the way, but there are also revelations that will be unveiled and will trigger emotions in several scenes in the film. Though it will also deal with a lot of trauma and loss for the characters that leads to the emotional situations later in the film. You will also love the nostalgic tune of "Alapaap" with the cover by Len Calvo, Firefly's musical director/composer. Overall, it also felt like the emotional feeling like in "The Life of Pi," though this incorporates the Filipino mythologies and also showcases the beauty of the Bicol region. 

Firefly will indeed touch you emotionally with how we view the world as kids, with a lot of imagination-filled stories told by our parents, the nostalgic joy we felt when we were young, and despite how the past has hurt us, we seek the fireflies that brings us hope and healing.

Recently, the film won several awards at the MMFF 2023 Gabi ng Parangal for Best Picture, Best Screenplay, and Best Child Performer. The film also gained positive reviews as well as emotional reactions from the viewers nationwide.

Check out GMA Pictures Facebook page for the list of cinemas where you can watch Firefly.

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