This may contain spoilers, but I promise I’ll do my best not to say anything that can ruin someone’s excitement to watch the movie aside from Goyo died. he he. Well, this is just a merely movie reaction so this is probably subjective.
Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral, is a movie about Gen Gregorio “Goyo” Del Pilar, who died at a young age during the Philippine-American War in Tirad Pass. It is considered as a sequel to another successful historical epic film by the same director, Jerrold Tarog, entitled Heneral Luna last 2015 as some scenes are connected. Anyway, if you haven’t watched the trailer of Goyo, you can watch it here:
Prior to this, there was a short film that served as a Prelude that was released in Cinema as a commercial / teaser entitled, Angelito, to introduce Goyo, which display its intertwining relationship from the first movie.
Anyway, going back to the purpose of this post, here are my reactions / things I noticed in the film:
- The ambiance is much darker (and frustrating, even though you already know the ending) — or is it because the colors are less saturated and it created colder ambiance and emotions? Ah, but this movie weighs too much for me. Huhu.
- Unlike the first film, this movie has a touch of romance, narrating Goyo’s relationship with different girls, most esp. with Felicidad and Remedios.
- Goyo without his uniform was a normal — usual person who just want to enjoy his youth.
- Some visual fx are disturbing, esp during the first attack of the Americans at night. The gun fires were too obvious, but well, it is still manageable to be ignored if you choose. Still kudos to the production!
- I didn’t feel the other characters. BUT my favorite was Vicente. Oh I love how he portrays such a good example of a Captain and a true friend! I cried over the scene where he was informed of Goyo’s death. *le cries* T_T
- Speaking of Goyo’s death, I just couldn’t accept that he died that way. I mean, he could have just died in a battle! But being shot while just standing and thinking — or maybe more like accepting their fate of losing, or reminiscing everything — is not okaaaaay for me. Oh my heart. MY HEART!!!
- I really hate Aguinaldo in both films. Grrr.
- I love that they used symbolism in the film — some are the mango scene, the dreams, Goyo’s drowning in the lake, the Gavel, etc.
- I hate Aguinaldo.
- I was hoping to know the real reason of Gen. Luna’s death. But oh well, I guess there will be more films in the future? Hoping.
I can’t say that it’s the best of Tarog’s films for now, but it was promising! I like Luna’s story more (AND I LOVE BLISS!!!), but of course, they lived different lives, so I still can’t judge lol.
Anyway, Goyo is still fafable.♥