I didn’t want to waste the very long Christmas break so I took an unplanned hiatus from blogging. But the holidays are quite over and I think that 2009 is looking to be a very good year so I’d like to greet all of my readers a very happy new year! I won’t write a 2008 recap post but instead I’ll get down to business and give my reaction—I refuse to call it a review—to the last gay-oriented movie I saw last year and this is the Joel Lamangan-directed Walang Kawala.
To get to the point, Walang Kawala is not a very good movie. But it’s not entirely crappy unlike Hugot. And while the acting of the two lead stars, Polo Ravales and Joseph Bitangcol, leave much to be desired, I can definitely say that their kissing scenes are pretty hot (unlike, say, the ones between Harold Chua and Justin de Leon in Ang Lalake sa Parola). The only acting I liked in the movie were those of Emilio Garcia and Polo’s real-life ex-lover Jean Garcia.
I found it surprising that the review board did not cut Marco Morales’ frontal nudity gay bar scene—the overly-hyped daring act whose only purpose is to woo the gay audience but did nothing whatsoever to advance the plot or to add to the movie’s artistic value. It’s a blatant in-your-face display of cheap film cheesiness. (Yet, I would be hypocritical if I say that I didn’t appreciate the cheese; Marco Morales is uber-hot especially when I saw him one time in Megamall. Hehehe.) Other standout gay-cheese scenes include Paolo Rivero’s loving caress of a sleeping Joseph Bitangcol’s body and Emilio Garcia’s power-tripping sexual acts on both Polo and Joseph (for those who are inclined into sado-masochism).
As for the plot, I didn’t find it remarkable nor did I get anything redeeming from it. I think that it’s just an elaborate game of Where’s Waldo? It’s basically the story of two gay lovers from the province where one, Waldo (Bitangcol), went to Manila in a fit of jealousy after the wife of the other guy, Joaquin (Ravales) came home. Joaquin leaves the wife and comes looking for Waldo and they both became ensnared into the human trafficking operations of Rufo (Emilio Garcia), a corrupt cop. Aside from the story, the cinematography and the music are also quite forgettable.
I guess the movie is good enough to watch at least once, but I’d recommend you and your friends just chip in to buy or rent the DVD, if you haven’t seen it in the theaters.
Here are some other choice reviews and reactions of the movie elsewhere: