I didn’t really like Heneral Luna and while Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral is a different beast altogether, I kinda liked it. I kinda like how it went against everything I thought it would be based on marketing and what I heard about the film. I think Jerrold Tarog did a great job co-writing the piece with Rody Vera. I’ve been noticing that I’ve been enjoying a lot of Rody Vera’s work lately. It’s a great partnership for both of them.
Read my review here: Of Leadership and Fame: a review of ‘Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral’ (ClickTheCity).
The work is quite dense. There’s so much going on in its two parallel stories. And my review really zeroed-in on the story and the structure that there was no place for me to talk about how disappointed I was with its lead star, Paulo Avelino. I thought with so much attention I gave to the story and the storytelling that to digress and talk about Avelino’s acting would split my review’s focus.
Paulo Avelino was so sleepy and restrained for the role, which portrayed the young general as a sort of celebrity of its time. There are shades of our own celebrity-culture attributed to him that Avelino failed to perform. It was quite apparent since everyone was acting a storm — from Mon Confiado to Jeffrey Quizon to Gwen Zamora.
I noticed the supporting characters more than Avelino and it was Avelino’s movie to really shine. It’s unfortunate.
But I like the movie, especially in the way it made me feel and the way it made me think. I hope it does well.