Metlogs is a digital movie megged by Cris Pablo, writer and director of similarly gay-themed digital movies Duda/Doubt, Bath house, and Bilog. I watched it on Sunday night, the last night of its run in Robinson’s Galleria Indie Sine Theatre. The audience was, as expected, 90% (if not more) bading, so ang saya saya! Hehehehe! And take note, Tyron Perez was there, along with a mestiza girl date. Delicious the boy ha! Now, on to the movie review - how was it?
My random comments on the movie:
1. The movie was subtitled “Metrosexual Jologs” in some sources, and “Metrosexual Adventures” in the actual movie. Must be a marketing glitch.
2. Cris Pablo himself described the movie as “the story of three men and a transvestite in the City of Manila.” In an interview with Ambet Nabus of Journal, he said the movie is more “character-oriented.” Thus I was expecting a deeper look into the intricacies of the characters. It was definitely a wrong expectation. The movie did tell the story of 3 provincial lads in the big, bad city, however it was more chikahan-type of kuwento in a movie form. It was slightly entertaining alright, but the lesson was not to set my expectations too high. Cris Pablo, it’s my fault not yours, hehehe!
3. The story telling, in my opinion, was a little here and there but that should be expected in a chikahan, right? The fun is in the spontaneity and randomness! But then again, since this is a movie, it may be that they should have done a better job in editing. The Php 700,000 Cinema One production grant must have been consumed by the talent fee of Tyron Perez.
4. Tyron Perez was, as in Twilight Dancers, a sight to behold. His facial features register so softly on screen that I felt like running to his seat and kiss him! Hahaha! One comment though is to beware of that high-waisted look! While Tyron was cute, Marky Lopez did a better job in the acting department. Maybe it was the role that gave him the opportunity to deliver a more notable performance — the fact that director Cris Pablo lent his name to the character meant he somehow based the character on his experiences in real life. Am I right, Cris? And by the way, Paolo Ballesteros is forgettable — both his character and his acting, if you can call those Eat-Bulaga-facial-contortions as acting.
5. There were scenes that made me say, hey that happens in real life, and there were also life lessons shared, especially through Chokoleit’s repeated magical appearances to the 3 boys. I’d applaud the sharing of these, and if I would recommend this movie this is the one that I’ll highlight.
6. Over-all the movie was so-so, but I wouldn’t say it is garbage. Cris Pablo attempts everytime to share a realistic view of gay life, and that is laudable. In Metlogs, while it isn’t entirely about gays, but the blurring of lines between straights and gays, he successfully shares some worthy insights. If you want a good laugh, some light entertainment, then go watch the movie. I just don’t know when the next run will be. Meanwhile, watch its trailer here.
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