I am grateful for the free MMFF passes that had been offered to me and I have the chance to watch all the movies in the festival. I am also thankful that I have watched first the top 3 best pictures (I have actually watched 4 yet the fourth one doesn’t deserve a review) and I guess they really deserved it. (Though, I haven’t watched the other four entries). Below are my point of view with the three movies.
Ang Larawan ( The Portrait)
I like to tell you that I went out of the movie house smiling. The movie really deserves all the words created for praising a movie. Everything is worth it and magical, as in. This is the type of movie that every Filipinos should watch because it tells a lot about us. It emphasizes our culture and who we really our, as a citizen and as a country.
Anyway, the movie is an adaptation of Nick Joaquin’s script wright of a musical play entitled “The Portrait of an Artists as a Filipino” and was translated by Rolando Tinio into “Ang Larawan”. It was set in before the Japanese Occupation in the Philippines, when Manila and Intramuros’ was still at it’s beauty and glow.
Watching the movies, makes you feel like you are with the characters. Like you are part of the casting observing little by little what is the matter with them. What is the issues within the character, and it actually focus with the two spinster sister Paula and Candida,Tony Javier and the painting (Retrato del Artista Como Filipino) created by their father. The four, as the important elements of story will unfold to you the essence of progress, culture, arts, passion, family and what consumerism and materialism do to our identity. (I am trying hard not to be a spoiler) At the end of it all, inspite of the movie entertaining you and making you smile, your mind will be rumbled by too many thoughts and realization about what we are today (Culture, life, history, ….)
In the film, you will admire the greatness of the outstanding Maestro Ryan Cayabyab. The music is like a wind whispering to your ears and making you feel more of the character’s script. Every character also has a wonderful voice and their singing aren’t the type that will make you sleep but it will remain in your mind for so long. Like a real LSS. #TotalEargasm
I love this particular quote from the movie.
Hindi simple ang buhay tulad ng sining
May pwersang humuhubog sa ating landasin
Hindi natin hawak ang kinabukasan
Tayoý nagmimiron lang sa kapalaran
My love for Hale (the one who sings the OST) gives me the urge to watch this movie. Watching the music video with scenes from this movie makes me want to run to the nearest cinema. The scene and the lyrics totally fit.
I love the movie. It really awakens my wanderlust self and encourages me to book a flight to Siargao asap. The cinematography is perfect and awesome. It totally captures the beauty and wonders of the place. It makes you want to experience the waves and the island life of the province. The angles and point of views is rightly shot.
My problem with the movie is the story. It lacks substance. I am unsatisfied because the movie feels vague and blur. What really happened? It seems they forget to focus on the character development. I know that Laura and Diego went there for some soul searching and finding-myself-milieu, yet what happened after that. Their resolution to their problem wasn’t given rightly and the flow of the story doesn’t lead the audience to create their own solution to the issue. I love the movie pero kulang po talaga. Nawala yung substance ng cinematography sa story. Hindi nagparallel.
All of You
The movie gives emphasis to the reality of the relationships today especially on how the two party handle what they have. It foucuses on how to people grow through the relations that they have. Gab and Gabbie’s relationship started as a whirlwind fubu romance until they will realize how they love each other and live together. On the later part, their personal issues will affect their relationship led to end it. Being apart will make them realize the value of their love for one another.
I will honestly tell that Derek Ramsay deserves to be the Best Actor. He totally nailed it here. I also love how the movie tells you to never ever forget to love your self in the relationship, that you need not to be obssessed with your partner.
But the ending… it’s good. =D =D