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Jose Rizal Film Review

By Aileen-Villacruz Apr 24, 2015 828 Words
Republic of the Philippines
Antipolo Campus

NAME: Aileen J. Villacruz DATE: April 28, 2015 COURSE & YEAR: BEEd IIIPROFESSOR: Mr. Hernan E. Garado


A Critique Paper
Jose Rizal (1998) Film

As some says, Filipinos can easily forget. If this is true, it’s certainly hard to remember those who have died over a century ago. This is the challenge faced by the Filipinos in celebration of the 153rd anniversary of the birth of Jose Rizal. Since it’s been hundred years ago when Rizal was shot in Bagumbayan, it’s easy to think that he’s on the brink of forgetting for being our national hero. As forgetting sins against the people, it’s also dangerous to miss the life and legacy of one those who defy the colonizer. To ensure that we will not forget Rizal and his heritage, his life and memories were being raised on arts as wells as on television. There were lots of television documentary and films presented about the life and writings of our national hero. They were not different from what we've learned in high school and elementary school, a list, otherwise the date, location and author, and even women in the life of Rizal. Directed by Marilou Diaz-Abaya, the movie focuses on the condition of the society and also to the government at the time of the Spanish Colonization. With the use of the novels, "Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo" written by himself the Filipinos have been awaken to the reality such as the abusive ways of the Spaniards towards the Filipino people. It really gave the picture of abusing and oppression of the Spanish Government and also the Friars. Because of that, Dr. Jose Rizal finally realized that writing was the best way on how to awake the hearts of these poor Filipino and that the start of the climax, the start of fighting. Jose Rizal The movie is definitely one of the most beautiful and surprising and is considered a masterpiece. An art helpful for students to further understand their life of our National Hero. Shown here being a physician, novelist, poet, linguist, painter, sculptor, farmer, naturalist, and member of the famous institutions. It also will help not only for students who are part of their lessons in Filipino and History, but also for children, youth and adults and foreigners. Some of them are known only Dr. Jose Rizal in pesos, a monument in Luneta, roads, provinces, school, universities and college courses. So this movie will greatly help them to widen their knowledge and who really Rizal is. In terms of technical aspects, I can say that beautiful background to suit each scene, it feels like you are in the presence of the Spanish era. From the beginning until the finale, the scenes are properly taken with the camera with clear and unambiguous shots. The transition and shifting of music also corresponds to the scenes in the movie which is very good also and that adds more intense feeling to the side of the viewers. The digital effects turn also the flow of the film, like in the scene of moth story of Teodora Alonzo, the "reconstruction" of the old buildings, the landscape of Bagumbayan is also wonderful. The use of black and white for the scenes from the novels Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo were also effective. Although I was initially confused which scenes are from Rizal's novel or if it’s from his real life, and I still gave it 5 stars it is actually financed. One of the best scenes in the film is the confrontation of Rizal and Simoun on the eve of his death, which is unique and offers excellent connections to the novel and the life of Rizal. It also shows that even if you do not sacrifice your life for the people, we can still turn a simple Jose Rizal to help our country from helping others, picking up the pieces of waste on the road, keeping the law and even simply writing about the good news in the Philippines and is proud of being a Filipino. Jose Rizal is everywhere, not just in the Philippines but also in the whole world, or replica statue of national hero. It appears the image of Rizal left us already overcoat: a man who always carrying a book, having a deep thinking. Built statues of Rizal was often seen alongside the institutions of society, such as churches, town halls and schools. This proves our high regard for Rizal instilled in the minds of citizens, since we put his face in a one peso coin, to continue to study his life in college. As the well-known writer George Santayana, "Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it." It is for us as Filipinos learn and remember the past for the benefit of our future. It is our duty to intervene and participate in issues rather just forget.

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