As an insiprational movie, ‘Lando at Bugoy’ gets the job done. As a dramatic movie, hmmm… it actually works better as a somewhat of a comedy? May kaunting issues with the plot, pero overall, it’s an enjoyable take on an otherwise familiar drama-rama tungkol sa pamilyang Pinoy.
SYNOPSIS: Disrespected by his teenage son, a 40-year-old High School dropout tries to solve this problem by returning to school which only makes his son hate him even more. Amidst the struggle between them, an unexpected event changes everything. (from the official website).
DIRECTOR: Vic Acedillo Jr.
WRITER: Vic Acedillo Jr.
CAST: Allen Dizon | Gold Azeron | Roger Gonzales | Rachel Anne Ang Rosello | Maricar Semitara | Carlos Penaloza | Benjie Criss Estrella | Reynald Mangao | Camilo Apugan
Hindi nakatapos ng pag-aaral ang single father na si Lando (Allen Dizon), at pagukit o paggawa ng lapida ang kaniyang primary means upang masuportahan niya ang kaniyang pamilya. Anak ni Lando si Bugoy (Gold Azeron), na, sa simula ng pelikula, waring matulad rin ang educational attainment sa kaniyang ama dahil madalas siyang lumiban sa mga klase. Ito ang main source ng conflict ng Lando at Bugoy: in short, galit si Lando sa pagbubulakbol ni Bugoy, samantalang si Bugoy naman, walang respeto sa kaniyang ama. In one of their arguments, naisip ni Lando na bumalik sa pag-aaral para mapilitan si Bugoy to do the same. It was a challenge/dare accepted by both, and the rest of the movie follows the father and the son as they navigate a school year together.
For a movie categorized as a drama, medyo light ito: the only source of drama are the arguments between the main characters but that’s basically it. Kung tutuusin pa nga, medyo naging comedic pa ito dahil medyo over-the-top minsan ang dialogue at confrontation. That’s not a bad thing; in fact, it’s a refreshing take on an otherwise old formula of familial problems and father-son dynamic.
May kaunting issues with the plot, in the sense na may mga eksena at elements dito that may leave the viewers confused, among others. One example is the “unexpected event” sa third act that “changes everything”. Without spoiling too much, actually ang tanong sa third act ay: ano exactly ang unexpected: (a) what happened to Bugoy, (b) Lando’s reaction when he found out. o (c) the aftermath of Lando’s reaction, which the viewers didn’t see? Maybe that’s the intent after all?
Why Bugoy hates Lando so much is also an issue that was not really addressed. Sure, nabanggit sa pelikula na marahil influence na rin ng nasirang ina ni Bugoy ang attitude niya kay Lando, pero this was not explored, making Bugoy’s character somewhat petty and one-dimensional. There were also hints of potential love interests for these two characters, which felt unncessary and/or creepy.
But in terms of acting, Dizon and Azeron have a natural chemistry/dynamic that worked well in their confrontation scenes. In their individual scenes, they don’t shine as much, but they did a good enough job. In terms of the technical aspects naman, the shots of the Camiguin landscape (focus shots on the sunken cemetery para malaman ang location!) showcase the natural beauty of the islands. There seem to be a slight inconsistency in the resolution of the film towards the end (naging sharper/high-res yung focus?), so for people who are nitpicky about this, medyo disconcerting ‘to. It shouldn’t take away one’s enjoyment of the film as a whole though.
Halaw umano sa true story ang Lando at Bugoy, so as an inspirational piece, the movie was able to do get the job done. It shows that achieving a goal does not really need to begin with the best of intentions or the grandest of dreams. Minsan, kailangan may kaaway ka lang para magtagumpay. ♦