Bonifacio, indeed, Ang Unang Pangulo by Angelica Carballo
Finally, after days of planning and scheming how to get an extra nanny to help us babysit the kids (Leica, Boris, and Boni), my mother came over last Sunday so Buck and I wasted no time and went to Greenhills pronto to watch Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo. Here’s our take on the film.
The movie was almost what we need to relive and finally give justice to a great hero. It was almost epic, it almost achieved greatness, it almost justified Andres Bonifacio. Almost.
There are many high points. Robin Padilla is the perfect Andres Bonifacio, given his real-life grit and passion, his flame and fervor which gave his portrayal a flavor you can almost taste. I like it that he was not insecure about his scars, and a true revolutionary is proud of his scars. The problem is the director and the script.
Teka, high points muna: My personal favorite was the Tejeros Convention. I almost cheered when Robin/Andres stood up and challenged the frightened Tirona to a duel. I wished he pulled that trigger on Tirona’s head. Yes, Robin was effective in that scene.
High point: from a feminist perspective, Vina’s Oryang deserves accolades. Out of all the Bonifacio movies I’ve watched, this movie gave her the depiction she rightfully deserves: Oryang was not just Andres’ wife, Oryang was a partner that equals his courage, leadership, and vision for a free and better country. Vina also grew as an actress, and I never anticipated that I will like her in this movie. At some point, Vina’s portrayal of Oryang made me want to be like her. This is one of the movie’s victory, and dito pa lang, sulit ang pinambili ko ng ticket.
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