Finally, a movie which will definitely quench our thirst for intellectual and world class works of art. Heneral Luna offers a lot of things which other movies fail to give us as of late. Now let us dig deeper into this unsurprisingly astounding film.
Heneral Luna was considered as one of the fiercest, fearsome and formidable personality by his adversaries. On the other hand, he is by far one of the most admirable heroes in our country’s rich pool of valiant populace. He was a clever Filipino general who spearheaded a lot of battles which made a lot of people think that his bloodthirsty nature often tends to get overboard. But despite of being a short-tempered high-ranking official, he still managed to lead his revolutionary fleet into a series of thrilling victories over the American forces.
Heneral Luna, armed with his insurmountable love for his country, fought for our freedom from the hands of the American colonizers. Filipino elitists during his time, refused to go toe to toe against the Americans and suggested to connive with them instead, much to the dismay of Heneral Luna.
Little was known about the reason or the person behind Heneral Luna’s tragic death aside from the fact that he and President Emilio Aguinaldo’s cabinet members had intense confrontations. Heneral Luna’s assassination was full of mystery and up till now, justice hasn’t been served yet since no culprit got incarcerated though American publishers pinpointed President Aguinaldo as the man behind Heneral Luna’s unwarranted death.
The movie was directed by Direk Jerrold Tarog and was made possible by its munificent producer, E.A. Rocha. Heneral Luna’s featured several laudable actors led by John Arcilla as Heneral Luna, together with Arron Villaflor, Mon Confiado, Epy Quizon, Archie Alemania, Joem Bascon, Ketchup Eusebio, Mylene Dizon, Paulo Avelino, Joem Bascon, Nonie Buencamino, Lorenz Martinez, Alex Medina, Art Acuna and many others.
Direk Jerrold Tarog did a magnificent job in selecting the movies cast of characters; almost all of them deserve to be highly praised for realistically personifying the roles that were assigned to them. The movie wasn’t lengthy enough to induce boredom towards its audience. It also generated no dead air as a handful of comical scenes were added to the delight of the crowd. I commend its director for making a pretty dreary historical movie into a very interesting one.
The movie was perfectly made to educate every Filipino no matter what age bracket he/ she belongs to. The movie was rated PG-13 probably because of the violent scenes and a couple of cursing scenes. I believe it should have been toned down into a lighter approach in order to make the movie appropriate even for kids. Anyway, I believe the movie is already just what the doctor ordered and any omission might alter the movie’s already impressive plot.
The flow of the scenes were scrupulously made, its order were based from historical facts so I believe that proper caution was applied during the movie’s creation. The costume and the cast convincingly made me believe that I was actually watching a setting which happened during the post – Spanish era. The musical score was great as well, it added some spice to the already rich visual effects. I can say that Direk Jerrold Tarog indeed wasn’t kidding when he said that the movie took two painstaking years before it was completed. Heneral Luna and all the people involved lived up to my expectation. The movie aimed to educate us and make us aware about our rich history and culture. I believe that it will also meet or who knows, might even exceed yours.
Heneral Luna shows in cinemas nationwide so if you are longing for a movie that is candidly worth watching and will also awaken the patriotic side of you, then go grab your popcorns, and head to the nearest movie theaters near you.