This movie is definitely intended for the Filipino mainstream moviegoers. I found it a bit too melodramatic and overdone. I feel that it lacked subtlety where some scenes and lines were forced to appear grand. I wouldn’t say it was a bad movie but with all the hype I had very high expectations. Of course, compared to other Filipino movies, Heneral Luna is most definitely on a different league.
Moving forward, Filipino film makers should have more of this genre instead of the sleazy and dumb movies they show during Metro Manila Film Fests. It is their obligation to make good quality movies for the Filipino people. And by good I mean thought provoking films that stir our sense of nationalism and sense of humanity.