A films’ fame can sometimes be defined by the hype it creates especially online. And by hype we mean the title appears on your feed a number of times daily. Personally, I am not a fan of Tagalog comedy movies which I’ve always viewed as unintelligible, only good for the laughs type of thing. But after reading reviews from bloggers and film enthusiasts, I was sold. Well not really because the ticket I had was free.
Zombadings 1: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington is generally a satirical, horror-comedy which revolves around the acceptance of the third sex in the society. Now there’s the catch. It has actually a social impact, a great point that I always love to see in movies.
The movie starts with young homophobic Remington, cursed by a gay whom he ridiculed. When he was about to turn 21, he started to have dreams of masked macho men and when he woke up he seemed to have manifested the symptoms of gayness. Against his will, he was speaking the language, dressing up in tight blouses and falling in love with his best friend. The problem is, there is a serial killer going around killing only the members of the third sex. Will Remington be a victim of the killings? Will he be saved from the curse? If yes, who will save him? Those are the questions where the story is majorly built from. Now for the answers to that question you have to see the movie when it opens on August 31st.
What made this movie so entertaining? The flamboyantly comedic nature of gays, mostly. But with director, Jade Castro’s clever take on the scenes it went from a comedy to an intelligent movie. It is thought provoking maybe for serious movie goers but for people whose there just for the laughs, it will leave them some realizations too. He was able to focus on each of the characters well. And all characters were well portrayed, especially Remington, played by Martin Escudero. Escudero effectively shifted to a colorful personality and transformed back to being swoon worthy. He did it so effortlessly. Hopefully he’s not gay. There was a lot of laugh out loud moments in the movie triggered by Eugene Domingo and Raymund Lee’s script.
Overall, this movie is something I would definitely see even though Captain America is showing on the other room. More importantly this movie has changed my view about Filipino comedies. This film definitely deserves the hype that the people build up for it.
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