Quezon's Game - A Time Of Rescues and Restrictions

With most of the entertainment choices either tell about the present or the future, it is refreshing to see another historical movie that will open our eyes about those era, the flaws and achievements they contributed for what we enjoy today. Not to be confused with the Artikulo Uno trilogy with Goyo as its latest release, Quezon's Game is a historical telling of the life of President Manuel L Quezon in the prelude of the Second World War as he attempts to save thousands of Jews from annihilation.

Playing Quezon is Raymond Bagatsing who is a very versatile and impressive actor in movies and television. His physical features are strikingly similar to the real Quezon and enhanced by make up. But his performance playing the sickly president of the Philippine Commonwealth was moving. Playing Donya Aurora Quezon is Rachel Alejandro who also gave a calm yet convincing performance giving balance to the tense situation of the cause to save the Jews.

Despite we already know what will happen in the end, execution and performance would still make it a great movie, which it did and even left me teary-eyed. It made use of a lot of elements that brings the era alive like the social gatherings, the furnishing, and even used the famous Las Casas De Acuzar 
It is really highly recommended that this should be shown as part of historical studies, this actually gives value to what the textbooks would provide. And it might also complement the upcoming Quezon film by Jerold Tarog which is still waiting to be filmed.  

Quezon's Game stars Raymond Bagatsing, Rachel Alejandro, David Bianco, Kate Alejandrino, James Paoleli, Jennifer Blair-Bianco, Audie Gemora, Billy Ray Gallion, Tony Ahn, and Miguel Faustmann. A Film by Matthew E. Rosen, now showing in cinemas.

Deliberation time kids! 

Film summary: The Passion Of Quezon

Favorite quote: “I can't turn a blind eye Sergio"  - Manuel L. Quezon 

Technical Effects: 4 out of 5 stars (Amazing eye for detail and cinematography)

Plot: 4 out of 5 stars (How did something historical can make you cry?)  

Acting and Actors: 5 out of 5 stars (I am amazed with Raymond Bagatsing's performance which you can feel Quezon living and delivering those lines)

Pros:  Production design, strong lines, story progression, Raymond, Rachel, Nationalistic view
Cons:  some inconsistencies with props which feels unauthentic 

Music and Soundtracks:  4 out for 5 stars (Scoring was moving along with the emotions)

Overall: Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars (The best historical film about the Philippines, which can be par with Jose Rizal and Heneral Luna) 

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