Thursday, June 10, 2010
By Reymundo Salao
Ever found it annoying that sometimes in old tagalog action adventure movies and comedies, there would emerge a seemingly displaced musical number? Also ever took notice how Pinoys have such love for variety shows, music and dancing shows, and the incredible talent Pinoys have in the field of music? It makes you wonder why there hasn’t been a Filipino full-length musical yet. If we Filipinos are so great when it comes to music, then we should have already made a musical to contest and compete such cinematic musical classics as Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, and Phantom of the Opera. Well, director Chito Roño intends to change it with his new movie which is probably the first cinematic full-length Filipino Musical. I am very happy that the result exceeded my expectations, and Roño indeed delivers what I now consider a must-see Filipino movie (especially fitting for this long Independence Day weekend) for this year. It's about time; Emir is now showing.
Now for the very minimal flaws. There were a mere one or two scenes wherein which the transition felt a bit awkward. But what stood out as a downer for me is the ending part of the movie which lacked a sort of encore to close it up. Both story-wise and direction-wise, the movie seemed to not know how to end the thing. It just ended without a bang. I would have hoped for a grandiose epilogue song number, maybe an end that would look like the Les Miserables ending wherein all the characters including those who passed away emerge in spirit to sing a final song that formally ends the musical. Instead what we got was a sudden end credit sequence with a mediocre video from a song that does not involve any of the movie characters. Regardless of the same, the movie still remains a strong musical and a Filipino movie to be proud of.