REEL DEAL: Heneral Luna REVIEW

We has seen a lot of historical films of heroes and some were good but there are some who are too commercial and lost its touch, but Heneral Luna is something I consider a great work of art in film. We have already countless number of films about Bonifacio and Rizal, but do we mind to see the other heroes who played a major part in the road to independence? 

That is where we see Antonio Luna who is the general of the armed forces of the Philippines. The brother of the famed painter Juan Luna, and also one of the key personalities in the liberation from Spain (which is short-lived with the arrival of the Americans). He was portrayed with all sides, being the brave general of war but also a hot-headed leader which led many to despise him.

Heneral Luna went into a lot of disputes with his stand, he does not want to be under the Americans and wants to unify and strengthen the army of the republic. John Arcilla played the part effectively and with also an ensemble cast that brought conspiracy and betrayal in different ways. It is also a shout out to the present time with the mentality and situation looks familiar to the present state of the country.
And there are also other controversies that revolved around and beyond Luna. The movie tackles them with also some artistic inputs, so I would also recommend that one should also do more historical research and not to treat all scenes as the actual events and people. Nevertheless, the movie was successful in bringing that sensation of nationalism, family affinity, loyalty, and righteousness.

Heneral Luna stars John Arcilla, Mon Confiado, Arron Villaflor, Joem Bascon, Archie Alemania, Epi Quizon, and  Nonie Buencamino.

Heneral Luna. is now showing in cinemas. Students can get 50% off ticket price when they present their school ID upon purchase.

Deliberation time kids! 

Show summary in 3 words: Stubborn Tough Luna
Technical Effects: 4 out of 5 stars (Effects is the best I have seen for a Filipino period film, also in costumes, make up and effects until to the last thread)
Plot: 4 out of 5 stars (Being historical in nature, they were able to input artistic interpretations perfectly without disrupting factual events)
Music and Soundtracks:  4 out for 5 stars (They went with thematic songs, bringing the story to its intended intensity)
Pros:  Cinematography, interpretation, visuals
Cons:   Some actions not to intense enough to show violence, gun physics
Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (The best Filipino film for me this year so far, we need more of this films in the mainstream offering)


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