Tuesday, March 27, 2018

A Wrinkle in Time

DIRECTOR: Ava DuVernay  LEAD CAST: Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon & Storm Reid 
SCREENWRITER: Jeff Stockwell, Jennifer Lee & Madeleine L’Engle  PRODUCER:  Jim Whitaker & Catherine Hand  EDITOR: Spencer Averick  MUSICAL DIRECTOR:  Ramin Djawadi  GENRE: Adventure/Fantasy  CINEMATOGRAPHER: Tobias A. Schliessler  DISTRIBUTOR: Walt Disney Studios  LOCATION: USA  RUNNING TIME: 114 mins.
Technical assessment: 4
Moral assessment: 4
CINEMA rating: VA
MTRCB rating:  GP
Teenagre Meg Murry (Storm Reid) and her younger brother Charles Wallace Murry (Deric McCabe) cannot accept the sudden disappearance of their physicist father Dr. Alex Murry (Chris Pine).  This somehow affects the personality of Meg who is full of insecurities and always wishes to be like others. Meantime the family believes that the father has been led to another world while experimenting on astrophysics in his lab, and therefore must be rescued.  One night, a stranger Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) comes to the Murry house and talks to Charles Wallace about space travels.  In time a second stranger arrives,  Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling) who speaks in quotes about tesseract and suggests the possibilities of finding their missing father.  Soon a third stranger comes into the scene—the gigantic Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey). The three strangers confess their identity as empowered astral travelers and become instrumental in solving the mystery behind their missing father.  Meg is determined to take all the risks that includes endangering the life of her brother to be able  to rescue and bring Alex back to complete their family.
A Wrinkle In Time features an interesting subject of astral travel and the transformation of an insecure teenage girl into a strong-willed person who subjects herself to many risks for a mission to reunite all members of the family. Plot development is marked by build up of suspense without necessarily introducing the characters such as the three women strangers, those in the different planets, and even those in the school setting. Nevertheless, the director succeeds in his treatment of combining the personal and family crisis of Meg’s character with the suspense and adventure of her encounters with beings from other dimensions. Acting portrayal is good especially Reid. The cinematography has been creative and cohesively helpful in the flow of the story. The technology of virtual reality that has been rampantly used in contemporary films impressively works best in this movie to the delight of the viewers. Overall, A Wrinkle in Time  presents a suspense and adventure film genre with more meaning and sincerity in resolving conflicts personally, in the family, and in society.
How can you appreciate others if you do not appreciate yourself?  And when do we start accepting our individual uniqueness and value as a person? The character of Meg initially revolves around this personal issue and almost pulls her to the lowest point of hating herself. She is envious of others persons’ physical attributes and abilities. She wants to be someone else and not the being that is herself.  In reality we can never be what we are not. Likewise acceptance of oneself is the key to overcome this disbelief. Meg does not keep this personal struggle to her mother which is commendable especially at this digital age when most young people opt to open up in social media and the parents seem to be the last to know. The film carries out the sub theme of physics as a branch of science that may be informative to young viewers.  Overall the film is full of positive messages that may be good reference for similar undertakings. (IBD)

Monday, March 26, 2018

The Titan

DIRECTOR: Lennart Ruff  LEAD CAST: Sam Worthington, Taylor Schilling, Tom Wilkinson, Agyness Deyn  SCREENWRITER: Max Hurwitz  PRODUCER: Arash Amel, Fred Berger, Leon Clarance, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Ben Pugh  EDITOR: Ann-Carolin Biesenbach  MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Fil Eisler  GENRE: Sci Fi, Fantasy, Drama CINEMATOGRAPHER: Jan-Marcello Kahl  DISTRIBUTOR: Digi-Optic Films  LOCATION: Spain  RUNNING TIME: 97 minutes
Technical assessment: 3
Moral assessment: 3
CINEMA rating: V13
MTRCB rating: PG
Earth will soon become inhabitable, man will become extinct. Professor Martin Collingwood (Tom Wilkinson) leads a military experiment to create a super being that can survive the harsh conditions in Titan, a moon of the planet Saturn. The plan is to relocate humanity there to avoid extinction. Rick Janssen (Sam Worthington) volunteers to be part of the experiment, and he survives the battery of chemicals and foreign matter introduced in his body. Other volunteers are not as lucky. They become rabid, some implode, others slaughter their own family and are subsequently exterminated by the military. Rick’s wife Dr. Abigail Janssen (Taylor Schilling) finds out why: she discovers that Professor Collingwood is not just enhancing the human species, he is transforming it into some other species. Abigail attempts to extricate her husband—who by now no longer looks human—from the experiment.
The Titan is one of those movies that can hold the suspense as it shows you the gradual (read that, slow) transformation of Rick’s face and body into something other than human. It’s a combination of music, special effects, a play of lights, and a camera that understands how to guide our path of vision. The Rick here is the same Sam Worthington of James Cameron’s blockbuster Avatar. Here again, we see his human face only at the beginning, and for the rest of the movie, he is transformed into an alien. He seems to have mastered acting with prosthetic makeup because he does deliver better characterization as a half-human. As to Tom Wilkinson’s Professor Collingwood, he does not interest us enough, we don’t see the depth nor the mania of his conviction to create a super being. Agyness Deyn as the professor’s assistant puzzles us with her sudden change of allegiance, and it took us some time to figure out why she was fleeing alongside Dr. Janssen.
Arash Amel who wrote the story describes The Titan as a love story, revolving around Rick’s devotion to his son, reading to him at night, hoping the experiment would ensure that his son would have a future—these are family values we hold dear in our culture. More so is Rick’s devotion to his wife and their intimate understanding of each other, connecting without speaking, and believing in the infinite goodness of each other—both Worthington and Schilling deliver these messages quite effectively. But more than the love story, what stands out is the representation of the two faces of science: a science that upholds humanity and a science that kills it. Rick is dying and he needs to be transported to Titan where he can survive with his now evolved biological makeup. But Rick is resisting it because his mind tells him he is first and foremost a father and a husband. Professor Collingwood wants to inject Rick with a chemical that would erase Rick’s memory. Abigail knows that if she allows Collingwood to do that, Rick will lose his only link to her and their son, and to his own humanity. What a good message from a movie that, although not as amazing and grand as Avatar, is nevertheless illuminating. (ME)

I kill giants

DIRECTOR: Andes Walter  LEAD CAST: Madison Wolfe, Imogen Poots, Sydney Wade, Rory Jackson & Zoe Saldana  SCREENWRITER: Joe Kelly  PRODUCER:  Chris Columbus & company  EDITOR: Lars Wissing  MUSICAL DIRECTOR:  Laurent Perez Del Mar  GENRE: Fantasy/Drama  CINEMATOGRAPHER: Rasmus Heise  DISTRIBUTOR: RLJE Films  LOCATION: Belgium, China, United Kingdom, USA  RUNNING TIME: 106 minutes
Technical assessment: 3.5
Moral assessment:  3.5
CINEMA rating:  V14
Fifth-grader Barbara (Madison Wolfe), although intelligent, is unable to face the realities of life, especially the impending death of her mother from cancer. She isolates herself—to the point of building an indoor fort in the house the shares with her siblings—making solitary sojourns into the forest or the beach, living in an imaginary world of dragons and giants.  Believing giants are a threat to her and the community, Barbara sets traps in the forest to kill them.  Due to her eccentric ways, Barbara is often bullied by classmates who see her as weird, bummed out, and a loser.  Then a British girl comes along—Sophia (Sydney Wade) who befriends her and listens to her with sympathy, just like the school psychologist, Ms. Molle (Zoe Saldana), who is the soul of patience and compassion in her efforts to help Barbara.
The affecting performance of the 15-year-old newcomer Wolfe as the main character is the strongest asset of the movie.  Wolfe is able to wed vulnerability and spunk in her role, allowing the viewer to suspend disbelief and see the world as Barbara sees it.  The costumes and details in the production set—particularly Barbara’s gadgets and her basement retreat—contribute much to Barbara’s characterization, while Zaldana’s acting provides a worthy stimulus to Wolfe’s.  Some scenes drag, though, reducing the impact of the more powerful sequences, like the final confrontation between Barbara and the giant.  A vital disclosure is made in the last quarter of the movie, making the ending a trifle too abrupt and weakening the denouement.
I Kill Giants is not about computer generated robotic monsters and monstrous robots vying for the oohs and aahs of the audience, but is about how young persons resort to fantasy as an escape mechanism. It shows the value of dedicated school officials who will go an extra mile to save a hurting soul; it highlights the beauty of naivete, and the power of trust to inspire trust in another.   What initially appears as a villain (spoiler coming!) turns out to be the savior, enlightening an angry person and clearing the path to redemption, and eventually, joy.   

Friday, March 16, 2018

Pambansang Third Wheel

DIRECTOR:  Ivan Andrew Payawal  LEAD CAST: Sam Milby, Yassi Pressman, Sam Pinto, Candy Pangilinan, Al Tantay  STORY and SCREENWRITER:  Ivan Andrew Payawal  PRODUCER:  Vic Del Rosario, Jr.  CINEMATOGRAPHY: Cesca Lee  MUSICAL DIRECTOR:  Jessie Lasaten  EDITING: Carlo Francisco Manatad  GENRE: Romantic Comedy  DISTRIBUTOR: Viva Films  LOCATION:  Manila  RUNNING TIME:   97 minutes
Technical assessment:  3
Moral assessment:  3
CINEMA rating:  V13 (Ages 13 and below with parental guidance)
MTRCB rating: PG
Ilang beses nang nasaktan si Trina (Yassi Pressman) sa larangan ng pag-ibig.  Ngayong lampas-trenta anyos na siya, medyo suko na siya sa pagiging “unlucky in love” at kontento nang maging single hangga’t hindi dumarating ang iginuhit ng tadhana para sa kanya.  Pasok si Neo (Sam Milby) na sa tingin ni Trina’y kaganapan ng pangarap niya, pasado sa sukatan niya, at puwede niyang maging salbabida sa pag-ibig.  Kaya lang, tatay na pala si lalaki—may anak na lalaking 8-years old na isinama ng ina nito sa Canada at ngayo’y nagbalik-Pinas ang mag-ina.  Bumabawi si Neo sa panahong hindi nakita ang anak, pero mahal niya si Trina.  Magsusumamo si Neo kay Trina na mahalin din ang bata at isama ito sa relasyon nila; susubukan naman ni Trina.  Pero babalik ng Canada ang mag-ina, at susundan sila ni Neo na magsa-“sakripisyo” alang-alang sa bata.  Paano na, feeling third wheel na naman ba si Trina?
Pasable si Pressman sa mga eksenang komedya at drama.  Si Milby naman ay nagpasilip ng maturity sa pagganap, pero hindi pa rin sapat para sa hinihingi ng papel niya.  Sa ganitong genre ng pelikula napakahalagang malakas ang chemistry ng dalawang bida—pero hindi ganon ang nangyari kay Milby at Pressman, kaya galingan man nila ang pag-arte ay lalabas pa ring pilit ang emosyon, hindi kapani-paniwala ang kanilang pag-uugnayan.  Sinikap ni Payawal na maiba ang kanyang rom-com sa karaniwan, sa pamamagitan ng pagsaling sa ilang isyu sa mga relasyon.  May mga bagong konsepto siyang ipinasok pero sana’y ipinakita na lang sa halip na isalaysay lamang ang mga ito, total, may mga eksena ring hindi naman kailangan sa daloy ng kuwento, saying ang footage.
Sa likuan ng love story ni Trina at Neo ay ang isang mahapding katotohanang nagsusumigaw na pakinggan: sa paghihiwalay ng mag-asawa, ang pinakamalalim na sugat na ibinubunga ay ang sa puso at katauhan mga anak.  Katulad ng anak ni Neo, si Trina man ay biktima ng paghihiwalay ng mga magulang.  Sa hindi pagkakasundo ng mga magulang, napipilitang pumili ang anak kung kanino siya magiging malapit.  May mga magulang na buong-tapang na susuungin ang single parenthood, ngunit gaano man nila kahusam gampanan ang pagiging kapwa ina at ama sa kanilang mga anak, hindi pa rin ito kailanman magiging sapat o wasto—mayroon pa ring “kulang”.  Punto ng pelikula ay—magtiis ka lamang at maghintay at darating din sa iyo ang taong para sa iyo.  Bagama’t nagbibigay pag-asa ito sa marami (para huwag mag-apura sa pag-big), hindi rin lubos na tama ang pahiwatig nito na ang isang taoý liligaya lamang kung mayroon siyang partner.  Hindi naman pag-aasawa lamang ang bokasyon ng isang tao; may ilan ding may “tawag” sa isang higit na nakatataas na pag-ibig, kung kaya’t wala silang mapusuang nilalang para gawing life-partner.  Palawigin natin ang ating pananaw upang hindi natin sabihing “malas” ang isang tao dahil lamang lagi siyang sawi sa pag-ibig.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Tomb Raider

DIRECTOR: Roar Uthaug  LEAD CAST: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walten Goggins, Daniel Wu  SCREENWRITER: Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Alastair Siddons   PRODUCER: Graham King  EDITOR: Stuart Baird, Tom Harrison-Read, Michael Tronick  MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Junkie XL  GENRE: Action, Adventure, Fantasy  CINEMATOGRAPHER: George Richmond  DISTRIBUTOR: Warner Bros.  LOCATION: South Africa, England  RUNNING TIME: 118 minutes
Technical assessment: 3
Moral assessment: 3
CINEMA rating: V13
MTRCB rating: PG
Defying the wishes of her father Lord Richard (Dominic West), Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) does not destroy his records tracing the location of Queen Himiko’s tomb in a remote island in Japan. The mythical queen is believed to have power over death and life, and Lord Richard in his journal claims the queen is his link to the other world where finally he can reunite with his wife, Lara’s mother who passed away. Lara uses the journal to track her father, gone missing for seven years and presumed dead. With Lu Ren (Daniel Wu), son of the boat owner who disappeared with Lara’s father, they sail to the island. A turbulent storm sinks their boat and they find themselves captive in the camp where Mathias Vogel (Walton Goggins) leads a sinister mission to retrieve Himiko’s remains on orders of a spurious organization. Getting hold of Lord Richard’s journal from Lara, Vogel’s mission becomes as good as accomplished. But Lara gets in the way, and she won’t stop till she finds her father.
You don’t need to know the video game nor the 2001 and 2003 movie series with Angelina Jolie to appreciate this latest release. The movie is about a father-daughter relationship, and Vikander (best actress for The Danish Girl) brings both vulnerability and daring to Lara’s abandoned daughter and conflicted heiress. But Dominic West’s Lord Richard and Goggin’s Vogel are awkward and feigned. The plot is thin and linear, and the movie resorts to a series of flashbacks to deepen the story, using them all too frequently that the story becomes contrived. But give it to Lara Croft—the strong, singular woman surrounded by all men—for the amazing show of stunts and fist-fights. We braced ourselves for special effects true to the tradition of the Tomb Raider franchise, but found none save for some rotating rocks, explosions here and there, and a location set that shows a few shots of the island but for the most part are in the façade of a temple or inside it. The death-defying scenes would have been breathtaking, but they’re stretched all too long they make the suspense evaporate, like the sequence where Lara dashes into the forest or is washed down the river and gets trapped in a rusty plane suspended in a ravine. So we found ourselves not rooting for Lara Croft at all. There’s foreshadowing of more of Kristin Scott Thomas’ Ana Miller if there is a sequel, but we’re not excited for the next instalment given what we’ve seen.
The movie is a father-daughter relationship story and the harrowing choice between family and serving the greater good to save mankind and, choosing to sacrifice oneself to save the world, the father finds himself circling back to the nucleus of that relationship that he holds dear: I gave up my life so that you, my daughter, might live. The poignant message is complicated by opportunistic attempts to use what is evidently harmful (Himiko’s remains or what she represents) for evil ends. The movie is benign, it does not corrupt, but neither does it inspire.  (ME)

Saturday, March 10, 2018

The Post

Direction: Steven Spielberg; Cast: Meryll Streep, Tom Hanks; Bob Odenkirk; Story and Screenplay: Liz Hannah, Josh Singer; Cinematography: Janusz Kiminski;  Editing: Michael Kahn, Sarah Broshar;  Music: John Williams; Producers: Steven Spielberg, Kristie Macosko Krieger; Genre: Drama;  Location: USA; Distributor: 20th Century Fox; Running Time: 136 minutes.
Technical assessment: 4
Moral assessment: 4.5
CINEMA rating: V14
The Post talks about the true story of the Pentagon papers involving the US government’s knowledge of things but were not revealing to the public.  A few years after the Vietnam War, former military analyst Danuek Ellberg (Rhys) leaks some confidential documents to the reporters of the New York Times. Katherine Graham (Streep), the new publisher and owner of The Washington Post arranges for its stock market launch in order to strengthen its financial health. However, she faces a group of chauvinistic men who feel she is not fit for the job. McNamara (Greenwood), her friend and the Secretary of Defense, complains that another newspaper, The Times, has been writing negative stories about him and one of her editors discovers Ellberg as the source of the materials.  Bradlee (Hanks), the Post’s editor-in-chief, decides to match Time’s scoops sets up a team of Post reporters to weed through the documents they also get from Ellberg. The paper’s management agonizes whether to come out with the story or not as it is either a choice between social responsibilities or a possible repercussion from the Nixon government. Graham decides to run the story and inspires papers across America to support their expose.
It is undeniably a very timely movie given the government-media climate in most parts of the world – the Philippines included. Hence this is a movie that will become timeless in the years to come given the brilliant choice of focus of Spielberg. The direction takes us between the realism and drama. For instance, we see the intensive effort in gathering facts and publishing a story on time during those days on the one hand and the inner conflict of the people at the crossroads of running a story or not. The real strength of the movie is in the formidable performances of its leads—subdued, enthralling and passionate. Streep’s acting is almost musical. Spielberg masterfully paces the narrative with quick history and immersing drama. The movie is a tightly articulated account of the Pentagon Papers and the struggle for integrity and truth.
In a time where fake news proliferates unceremoniously and the public naïve about the manipulation and deceit of media – whether mainstream, social or alternative, The Post offers a reminder that truth is the underlying foundation of journalism. The movie’s theme heavily centers on the struggles of print media for freedom of the press. A struggle still fought to this day if media is to remain faithful to its obligation to keep,the government in check and serve to the public unbiased and relevant information. The movie should be understood as a reminder not only for government to respect media’s purpose and task but also for media itself to remember what they are here for.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Black Panther

DIRECTOR: Ryan Cooler  LEAD CAST: Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong'o, Michael Jordan, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya,  Andy Serkis, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke  SCREENWRITER: Ryan Cooler, Joe Robert Cole  PRODUCER: Kevin Feige  EDITOR: Michael Shawver, Claudia Castello  MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Ludwig Goransson  CINEMATOGRAPHER: Rachel Morrison  DISTRIBUTOR: Walt Disney  GENRE: action, science fiction, fantasy  LOCATION: United States  RUNNING TIME: 145 minutes
Technical assessment: 4
Moral assessment: 4
CINEMA rating: V14
MTRCB rating: PG13
T'Challa a.k.a. Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) returns to Wakanda in Africa to assume the throne of his late father King T'Chaka. Not long after being crowned King, T'Challa is faced by challenges to protect his homeland from the bad elements in the outside world and to stop the irresponsible sharing of its very own vibranium technology. T'Challa together with Okaye (Danai Gurira) and Nakia (Lupita Nyong'o) launch the South Korea mission when he learns that his American cousin Killmonger a.k.a. Erik Stevens (Michael B. Jordan) in connivance with Klaue (Andy Serkis) is due to sell the stolen vibranium-made weapon artefact to American CIA Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) in Busan. The plan to intercept the deal turns into a high speed car chase that takes Klaue into federal custody. Killmonger breaks into the compound and frees Klaue. The confrontation seriously injures Ross for saving Nakia.  The  mission team brings him to Wakanda where he is cured. Killmonger kills Klaue and takes his body to Wakanda as an offering to the tribe elders. He challenges T'Challa for a fight to claim the throne that he eventually wins and throws the comatose body of T'Challa into the waterfalls. Killmonger takes the liberty to inject the heart-shaped herb to gain the powers of the Black Panther and to start his greed mission to distribute the Wakandan weapon to the whole world.
The Black Panther has a well-developed plot. The story progresses to climax as it unravels secrets and characters of the movie. The director did a good job in giving a light treatment to a supposedly hardcore action sci-fi genre. This helps the viewers to focus on the story and its message.  The fight scenes and the stunts including those by women actors bring excitement and the dialogue in African accents is commendable. The power cast showcases the pool of excellent acting skills especially Boseman. The cinematography gives significant shots in different locations and scenes that blend well with applied advanced technology. It has an impressive production design that puts together the elements of tribal culture and science fiction. Equally notable are the sounds, lights music and the amazing visual effects. Overall, the film is entertaining and watching it is worth one’s time and money.
Sharing is a noble act.  However, just like any well-meaning gesture, this can be manipulated by bad elements in society and may result in more harm than good. This is the dilemma of the character of T'Challa. While this issue is all male orchestrated, woman power comes to the rescue and support of the male leader who is on the side of truth. Hence, there is value in investing and trusting in women’s skills even when it comes to major concerns and serving the national interest. A country, no matter how small and naïve, may possess a treasure in the form of people with values and amazing technologies.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Amnesia Love

DIRECTOR: Albert Langitan   LEAD CAST: Paolo Ballesteros, Yam Concepcion & Polo Ravales  SCREENWRITER: Albert Langitan  PRODUCER:  Vic del Rosario, Jr.  EDITOR: Mark Cyril Bautista  MUSICAL DIRECTOR:  Immanuel Verona  GENRE: Comedy  CINEMATOGRAPHER:  Journalie Payonan  DISTRIBUTOR: Viva Films  LOCATION: Oriental Mindoro, Philippines  RUNNING TIME: 96 minutes
Technical assessment: 2.5
Moral assessment: 2.5
CINEMA rating:  V14
Sumpungin at may pagka-spoiled brat ang baklang si Kimmer (Paolo Ballesteros), na nakatakdang ikasal kay Macky (Polo Ravales).  Isang araw, habang namamasyal sa beach si Kimmer kasama ng kanyang yaya, nahulog siya sa gulod nang pilit niyang abutin ang isang bulaklak.  Natagpuan siya ng mga batang naglalaro na walang ulirat sa dagat at itinuloy siya sa bahay ng kapitan ng barangay, kung saan matutuklasang may amnesia siya, at walang matandaan sa mga pangyayari, kahit ang kanyang pangalan.  Aarugain siya ng kapitan at ng kanyang maybahay, habang inaasahan nilang babalik ang pag-alala ni Kimmer. Pagkat ang soot niya nang matagpuan siya at isang t-shirt na may nakasulat na “Macky” sa dibdib, papangalanan siyang Macky ng isang batang lalaking naging malapit sa kanya. Di kalaunan, makikilala ni Kimmer/Macky si Doray (Yam Concepcion) ang anak na dalaga nila kapitan, at dito sisibol ang isang kakatwang relasyon sa pagitan ng isang matalinong dalaga at isang baklang hindi maalala na siya ay bakla.   
Hindi kinailangan ng Amnesia Love ang katangi-tanging film-making techniques pagka’t ang sinakyan nito ay ang daloy ng kuwento. Bilang komedya, hindi ito nakakatuwa pagkat ang pagpapatawa nito ay uminog sa kapangitan ng asal ni Kimmer na idiniin pa ng kabastusan ng kanyang pakikitungo sa may-edad niyang yaya.  Tila kinailangan pa ni Kimmer na mabagok para magkaroon ng modo.  May mga parte na nakakainip ang pelikula at pinahahaba ang eksena nang hindi naman kailangan.  Hindi rin “pantay-pantay” ang kalidad ng pagganap ng mga pangunahing artista: minsa’y ayos, minsa’y pilit, tuloy nagmumukhang artipisyal ang mga tauhan.
Isang bagay na hindi inaasahan ang nagbigay kulay sa Amnesia Love: ang pagpapakita ng pang-araw-araw ng buhay ng mga naninirahan sa isla: ang kapayakan ng kanilang pamumuhay, ang kaayusan ng komunidad, ang kanilang likas na kabutihan (na hindi pa nababahiran ng makabagong kaguluhan ng lungsod), atbp. Ngunit sa pagtatapos ng pelikula, hindi mapigil ng CINEMA na magtaka kung ano ba talaga ang tinutumbok nito.  Bakit pinagsabong ang katusuan ng babae at ang katapatang magmahal ng bakla?  Hindi patas. Tila ba idinisenyo lamang ang kuwento para palabasin na mabubuting tao din naman ang mga bakla kaya dapat lamang na ibigay ang hinihingi nila—same sex marriage.  Pero di ba kataka-taka na sa islang yaon—na ni hindi pa nga maabot ng cell phone signal—ay wala ni isa man lamang batang magtatanong sa magulang kung bakit dalawang lalaki ang ikinakasal?   
Ang pag-aasawa ay panghabang-buhay na pag-iisang dibdib ng isang lalaki at isang babae, upang maganap ang kalooban ng Panginoon na magpatuloy ang lahi sa pamamagitan ng mga supling na ibubunga nito.  Huwag nating hayaang malito ang ating mga anak—lalo na ang mga musmos—at tanggapin nila nang walang tanung-tanong ang mga paniniwalang lihis sa itinakda ng kalikasan.