Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral (Movie Review)

By: Matt Suzara

Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral is the second film in TBA's historical trilogy helm by the brilliant Director Jerrold Tarog. After the successful Heneral Luna last 2015, the ultimate follow up will finally grace into the big-screen next week. 

I hate to say this, but the film is in the middle of somewhat intriguing and dragging as a whole. We all know that the great Gregorio Del Pilar is one of the fiercest General we once have, which tagged him as one of the youngest heros in Philippine History. There is a broad story to tell, but the film focused too much on the other side of the floor which really left a lot of questions to many like is Goyo a true hero or just a womanizer?  

Many didn't know the story about General Antonio Luna, but it came to the point that many of us decided to research and learn more about Philippine History after watching the film. It has a lot of surprising elements and comical skits plus not to mention the grueling battle scenes that are quite exciting to relive on the big screen. Sadly, Goyo failed to execute the same formula that what made Heneral Luna to be the talk of the town hence it allows the viewers to be frustrated most of the time. I am also puzzled that they didn't give Goyo a single kill during the battle at Tirad Pass, which is quite disappointing.

However, at the positive side, Goyo is just impressively clean on the technical aspects. The production designs were extravagantly made paying attention to every detail and let the audience feel to travel back in time. The cinematography was beautifully created,  and I love the cast who gallantly performed their roles really well. 

There is no question that Paulo Avelino is excellent portraying the titular character. He is full of charm and easily left an impression that he is a great and versatile actor. Same with his co-stars who actually played their roles perfectly with the likes of Epy Quizon, who compellingly gave a deeper meaning of what Apolinario Mabini's insights to the government. You also have the talented Mon Confiado, who once again nailed General Emilio Aguinaldo and the very alluring Gwen Zamora who played as Remedios. 

It is a star-studded affair as you also have Carlo Aquino, who skillfully delivers Lt. Col. Vicente Morales as one of Gen. Del Pilar trusted allies. The reliable Aaron Villaflor returns reprising his role as Joven Hernando. There a lot more of talents in one screen and all have left a mark in this historical cinematic event. 

Overall, Goyo: And Batang Heneral failed to carry on the entertainment factor left by Heneral Luna. It is a bold and risky move that needs to pay-off as Tarrog sets up with the exciting finale. I just hope he goes back on the same formula he made in the first film and incorporates it with the clean style he used here to close the third part with a bang.

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 6 out of 10 stars 

Cast: Paulo Avelino, Epy Quizon, Mon Confiado, Carlo Aquino

Directed by: Jerrold Tarog
Distributed by: TBA Studios
Opens September 5 in PH cinemas