So I finally got to watch the much-talked about film, Heneral Luna, and I’ve been out of commission when it came to writing for Juice for a long while now and while I have the nicest, kindest editors in the world; they were slightly nudging me to write something about the film.
It was such an ordeal because so much had been said about the film already. I made it to the third week and the film is either loved or hated (more loved than hated) and I am a fan of director Jerrold Tarog’s Sana Dati. I love that movie. So I was coming in with the expectation that Heneral Luna would be of a similar vein and with all the raves and praises, that I would just have to sit back and enjoy the film.
But I didn’t like it. Lucky for me, it has been three weeks since the movie showed so I wasn’t so much as hinged on writing a review as I was to talking about the full Philippine film context of the success of Heneral Luna and what it means for the industry.
Check out my article here: What We Learned from Heneral Luna (link / Juice.ph)
At the end of the day, regardless of what I thought about the film, the movie becomes a great jumping point for what is wrong with a lot of Filipino movies. It has its flaws. Any true cineaste would agree, I think. And a lot of dissenting opinions would have to eventually come to realise that most of why they liked it or hated it is more a matter of taste, for the most part. What is it that you want/expect from a film? But there are lessons that can be learned from why this movie did so well. And my thoughts on it are all there in the article.