Thursday, September 20, 2018

Reflection, Review of Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral Part II

Ano nga  ba alam natin kay Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral?  Dapat bang makilala siya at itampok sa isang full length film na gaya ng ginawa nina Jerold Tarog, Artikulo Uno Productions at TBA Studios?  Nabigyan ba ng justice ni Paulo Avelino ang  pagsubok na  maipakilala si Gen. Gregorio Del Pilar?  Narito ang part II ng aking movie review and in addition ay reflection sa epic hero Filipino film na ito na produced din ng Globe Studios.

Cont.  Good points of Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral

·         Letting characters/ actors to shine –  Nabanggit ko sa part I ng Movie Review na yung pagpili ng actor  to portray a character  ( at hindi paggawa ng character na swak sa artista) ay isang bentahe ng Goyo ( at Heneral Luna). If magaling si Mon Confiado para mag-fit sa big role n'yang si Emilio Aguinaldo, dapat ding palakpakan ang pagpapakilala ni Alvin Anson kay Gen. Jose Alejandrino. Kung tutukan mo ang journey niya sa movie ay malaki at marami kang makukuhang history lessons sa kanya na applicable pa rin hanggang ngayon gaya ng...

o   Pagiging unfit/ unqualified ng mga matataas sundalong Pilipino noong Philippine-American War.  ( Dito ko na-appreciate ang mataktikang tao gaya nina Gen. Antonio Luna at Apolinario Mabini)
o   Kung anong klaseng pagkilala ang nakukuha ng mga sundalo noon hindi  lamang mula sa mga Amerikano, kundi sa matataas na opisyal na kapwa Filipino
o   At ano ba ang nagtatakda sa iyo bilang matinong opisyal/ sundalo

Hindi lamang maayos ang pagkakalahad sa character kundi maging pagkaka-portray. Ganito rin masasabi ko sa mga characters nina Don Mariano Nable José( played by Robert Seña), Remedios Nable José ( Gwen Zamora), Felicidad Aguinaldo (Empress Schuck), Colonel Vicente Enriquez (Carlo Aquino ), Colonel Julian del Pilar (Rafa Siguion-Reyna), Major Manuel Bernal ( Art Acuña),  Major Evaristo Ortiz (Roeder Camañag), General Elwell Otis  (E. A. Rocha), General Arthur MacArthur (Miguel Faustmann)  at iba pa.

·         Investment in the Love Interest.  Alam naman natin na sa movie ay importante ang love interest at kung si Paulo Avelino ang bida ay puwedeng kumuha ng may  chemistry na sa kanya. Then… oops Gwen Zamora and Empress Schuck? Kung usapang chemistry hindi ko masabi, pero kung usapang nagawa ba nila Gwen at Empress ang hinihingi ng kanilang role, oo. Nadama ko kay Empress yong longing ni Felicidad na sana “ Popoy Goyo ako na lang, ako na lang ulit” :P   Kay Gwen naman, nagpakita siya ng aura na naiiba sa lahat ng napanood kong female characters.  Hindi mataray, pa-choosy,o  pinaplastik kang pahinhin.  Nandoon yung she knows what she wants, though she is not sure.”  Napanood ko na ang ibang acting pieces ni Gwen pero dito ako nagandahan sa kanya at sa kanyang pagganap.

·         Music Hindi ko na maalala kung tinablan ako nang matindi sa musical score o OST ng Heneral Luna (  baka pero hindi ko rin nabanggit sa film review ko noon).  Dito sa Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral may nagustuhan akong beat na pang  “preparing for something”  dahil nakaka-set ng mood.  Siempre laki rin ng katok nung Bato sa Buhangin  ( Glaiza De Castro) sabay akyat  sa mountain ni Madam Remedios at yung  closing song na Susi ng  Ben&Ben.




·         Paulo Avelino bilang Gen. Gregorio “Goyo” - Nag-iisip ako kung may iba pang puwedeng gumanap na Goyo.  Mayroon siguro, pero dahil solved na ako  kay Paulo, ba't pa ako mag-iisip?  Slight lang ako naghanap ng pakikipag-espadahan n’ya? Pero okay na okay na ako sa mga pa-charming, kalokohan niya with his Dabarkads, at ang mga oras na nagdududa s’ya sa kanyang ginagawa.  Iyong battlefield ay sarili n’yang multo na nabuo dahil sa pagkagiba ng inaakala niyang pedestal. Mahirap din pala talaga ang mamili ng hero o iidolohin.    Saka mukhang inaral talaga ni Paulo ang pangangabayo at ibang nuances ni Goyo. Pero kung ako ang tatanungin, medyo nakikita ko pa ang pagka-Paulo sa galawan n’ya bilang Goyo.  Puwedeng okay lang naman ‘yon o hindi.

·         Cinematography – Ang daming landscape na kuha na ang gagaganda. Parang gugustuhin mo na rin mamundok at mamuhay noong panahon na iyon... kung walang giyera sa mga babae este bayan. Ini-expect ko rin na kinarir ang setting sa Dagupan dahil wala naman akong napansin na modern things o eyesore. Pinakagusto ko sa cinematography ay noong pagsikat ng araw noong laban sa Tirad Pass at ang malilim na panahon sa bundok na kinatatayuan ni Remedios.

Other comments about Goyo  

 Sa dami ng napuri ko sa Goyo, ang hirap sabihin noong hindi ko nagustuhan sa film. Kung ihahambing ko ito sa ibang Epic Hero Filipino Movie lalo na sa Heneral Luna, may mapapansin ako. Pero hindi ako aabot doon dahil okay ang presentation at buong movie. Kung baga kung babalikan ang sinabi ko sa Part 1,  nagmumula kasi sa subject kung gaano ba s’ya ka-interesante.  Ang iba ko lang napansin ay:
  •  Mas kamukha ni  Roeder Camañag si Apolinario Mabini
  •  Natawa ako nung nakita ko Jun “Bayaw’ Sabayton bilang kapatid daw ni Antonio Luna.  Ano, dahil lang ba sa may bigote s’ya? Nakakadalawa na itong bigote n’ya ha (una sa Kusina Kings bilang ama kuno ni Empoy) hahaha.
  • Panis ang mga Kano because Filipinos can speak/ understand (Ortiz) Filipino, Spanish, and English wala pa ‘yong mga dialects. Pero oo nga ba’t walang punto (accent) yung mga taga-Bulacan, Dagupan, at iba pa.  
  •       Maganda ring kunan ng words of wisdom si Lieutenant Pantaleon García na ginagampanan ni Ronnie Lazaro


 

7 Reflections on Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral

·         Ang  babaero parang hindi lang sa puso walang disposisyon, kundi maging sa desisyon at direksyon ng kanyang buhay. Parang ang hirap niyang makahanap ng peace of mind?  
·         Sa iyong pakikidigma (maging ano man o kanino) ay kailangan mong matututo ng  taktika at sa pagkakamali ng iba ( sinabi rin yan ni Miguel Laureano na ginampanan ni Jojit Lorenzo)
·         Maging mapili sa kilalanin mong idolo o bayani at siguraduhin mo na i-admire mo lang s'ya at hindi ka padala sa pagiging panatiko ( still relevant hanggang ngayon). 
·         Huwag kang mabulag sa popularity o imahe mo sa  iba. Hindi mahalaga kung ano tingin nila sa iyo, kundi kung sino ka ba talaga. 
·         Sa aspeto ng pag-ibig o pakikipagrelasyon, agree ako kay Remedios Jose. At feeling ko maaari na may "what if " siya kay Goyo, pero hindi niya  pinanghinayangan ang kanyang desisyon. Mahirap magmahal ng taong pinagduduhan mo at kung may pag-asang mayayakap mo nang matagal
·         Ano ang  panghahawakan mo para maniwala kang mananalo sa gitna ng labang ikaw ang dehado?
Naniniwala ako na totoo na may pagkakataon ( kahit isang saglit na interaction lang) ay siyang babago ng takbo ng iyong pananaw.  Nasa sa iyo kung ipagkikibit mo ng balikat o ituturing na turning point iyon ng  iyong buhay. 

Monday, August 27, 2018

First taste of Thai Series; Review of Roy Leh Sanae Rai


I'm now fascinated with watching video clips of Thai series Roy Leh Sanae Rai (2002) or 100 Trickery's Dangerous Passion and Luerd Kattiya (2003) or Destiny of a Princess.  These two shows are both top billed by Jesadaporn “Tik” Pholdee at Phiyada “Aom” Akkraseranee. Roy Leh Sanae Rai is the first ever Thai series I watched.  

Note: I don't know yet what's with RLSR's remake in 2015.  


Review of Roy Leh Sanae Rai (RLSR)

Observing the video qualities, fashion statements, and props (esp. old Nokia phone), I'm not surprised that   RLSR aired in 2002. Despite of this, the story and acting are still very effective to entertain me.

TriviaIn 2002 the popular foreign shows in the Philippines were Mexican and Argentinian Telenovelas. In 2003 Taiwanese series Meteor Garden became huge hit here, and by 2004, Korean series has started to invade local televisions.   Recently, GMA Network started to show Thai version of Princess Hours starring Sattaphong “Tao” Phiangphor and Ungsumalynn “Pattie” Sirapatsakmetha.  But Im not watching it because I have work sched  on its time-slot and I’m not fond of watching a remake. If I already watched the original and liked it, I stick to it ( the 2006 Korean Series Princess Hours).    

Going back to RLSR, the first thing that got my interest was Aom’s resemblance to Erich Gonzales. Then the Thai accent, the main actors/ characters, and flow story.  Overall I like RLSR, the only thing I don’t like in this series are the shouting parts of three characters (the auntie and two prostitutes). I can let go the amateurish acting  (because I don’t know if it’s how Thai usual gestures/ mannerism). And I try to understand what the writer (s) and director (s) would like to emphasize on their loud personalities.  But it’s really annoying to listen to these three actors/ characters especially if they shout all at the same time.  They almost pulled down the good presentation of the show. But I just want to clarify it’s just the shouting parts that I don’t like.





( Trivia: Erich  Gonzales did  2012 movie Suddenly it's Magic with Thai actor Mario Maurer)

Hi Tik (Jesadaporn Pholdee)!  

Before RLSR, the only Thai actors I knew were Mario Maurer ( First Love / Crazy Little Thing Called Love), Chantavit Dhanasevi ( Hello Stranger),  Ananda Everingham ( Shutter),  who’s  look-a-like of  PioloPascual for me.   

Actually Tik’s face/aura is similar to most Filipino men because of his complexion and built (I just don’t know how tall he is).  But he’s packaging in RLSR made him look so handsome and lovable. The appeal is there!   I think it’s in the outfits, eyeglasses, hairdo, and muscles.  However his ultimate charm is his effective acting. Even most of the time he received punches and ran (after Aom’s Namnueng), you would feel his desire, jealousy, frustration, and regret in the entire series.  

And though the number of episodes of RLSR is few limited (especially if we compare to Filipino dramas), his Kongpop (sic) showed fluid transitions from being just greedy lad to a passionate lover.

 Hello Phiyada “Aom” Akkraseranee!

I actually appreciated Aom more in Luerd Kattiya (LK), but I obviously started to like her in Roy Leh Sanae Rai. I like her versatility from being naive 20ish ordinary girl in RLSR to below 20 years old princess in LK.  Whoever did her makeups, outfits, hairstyles, etc  in LK, Kudos to you!  

If I’m not really impressed with Aom’s character in RLSR, I can say that her acting there was really relatable and effective. It came to a point that you would also hate, forgive, and love Kongpop because you sympathize with Namneung. That's how effective Aom is. On why Aom’s role wasn’t so outstanding, it's because that character is so ordinary in general.  It has the ingredients of cliche heroines – you know the "poor girl meets rich boy" and the "rugs to riches" story.  I couldn’t pinpoint what made Namneung special from other lead female characters I saw before. Perhaps, she’s the only girl who’s brave enough to jump from a second’s floor window?  Or able to run in the seashore even she has wound?  

Roy Leh Sanae Rai introduced some Thai culture

For me, the good thing about watching foreign movies/ series is they can give glimpses of countries/people's culture. Honestly, I have very limited knowledge about Thailand.  Perhaps it’s just tuk tuk, temples, “sawadikap,”night market, and other tips for travelers.  Incidentally,  the Thai movies I watched before were not really good guides.   Shutter is a horror film, First Love is about school life, and Hello Stranger is about two young Thai nationals touring in South Korea.

In Roy Leh Sanae Rai, I get to know a little bit of  Thai wedding ceremony, law about marriage (conjugal properties/ divorce), businesses (harem), and day-to day lives.  RLSR also let me feel that Thai series/ culture is almost the same with Filipino series/ culture. I can relate straightaway.   I didn’t feel the strange feelings that I felt especially the first time I watched Korean, Taiwanese, Japanese, and Chinese dramas. Perhaps, it’s rooted in different traditions, fashion, gestures, lifestyle, and more.  Surprisingly, I just feel that I’m just watching a local drama even I’m hearing words that I don’t understand (Thank you very much for the English subtitles!).

Minus again in shouting parts, I appreciate more the Thai language/accent through RLSR.  I find it amusing whenever the actors throw lines (especially whenever Kongpop explains and Neung is angry) that I just understand emotionally. In my ears, their accent is fusion of Kapampangan and Ilocano  with punch of Ilonggo dialects. It’s as appetizing and chewable as sweet tamarind candies (oh I like Moniegold hohoho!). I really like the way they pronounce Chermarn/ Laila Boonyasak’s character- Ponfah (Pon-Fa-ha).. Am I right that Thai showbiz/actors are conservative?  I didn’t  see Aom and Tik  kissed literally.

 RSLR’s has ordinary story  with exciting scenes


Given its cliché plot, the strengths of Roy Leh Sanae Rai’s story comes from its exciting scenes toward climax.  I like the idea that the two prostitutes (one is Suwatjanee Chaimusik) are the ones who helped to reveal the wrongdoings of Kongpop’s bad Auntie (Boom Runya Siyanon) and Ponfah (Laila Boonyasak).  By the way, the only time I appreciate Suwatjanee Chaimusik’s shouting is when her character Praewrung  was trying to convince Kongpop about his auntie and Ponfah’s crimes.

At first I wasn’t sure also if there's chemistry between Tik and Aom, but that changed especially when   Kongpop dragged/abducted his wife from a condo and locked her to an isolated beachfront house. In reality that’s kidnapping (you should not force and lock someone even that someone is your wife). However, RLSR finely pointed out that’s part of radical way to make the lead characters realize their love for each other. It becanme romantic particularly when Namnueng gave up, forgive, and admit her feelings.

Note:

  •  if you can recommend beautiful Thai series please comment it below. 
  • Next, I will review Luerd Kattiya