Oh, where to start? Like the typical Filipino, I waited weeks to watch this film, despite the humongous billboard a few meters from our house, several great reviews on the web and countless memes such as this:
Finally, last week, I gave in. And let me tell you, I was blown away.
Director, Co-writer, Composer and Editor Jerrold Tarog is nothing short of genius (although from the number of roles he played, you’d think that already!). However, in this movie, everything came together beautifully.
Heneral Luna tells the story of how a revolutionary, sick of the government’s attitude, tried to change things, believing that nationalism is the key to unity. However, with every move he took, the misanthropic military strategist was met with obstacles from all sides, unsurprisingly including his countrymen.
The movie contained a lot of blood, but that’s just the way it is. Wars are bloody, even the wars we wage with ourselves. The picture it painted may be a bleak one, but it just goes a long way to promote nationalism.
I believe this movie couldn’t have been released at a better time. Now, more than ever, with the ever present political unrest, it serves well to shock all of us out of our couldn’t-care-less cocoons. Love of country is exactly what the Philippines needs right now.
With its beautiful cinematography, great cast, sound environment and attention to detail, I really would recommend this movie. It’s funny, action packed, but most importantly, it gives you something to think about.