Heneral Luna Critique Paper

  1. ) What was the message the filmmaker wanted to convey through the film?
    I think what the filmmaker wanted us to see is what we have become. We tend to question why the Philippines is the way it is right now. We want to understand our government better and I think the film has given some answers to clear things out. Both the good and the bad characteristics of politicians trace back to this country’s history. So, how people were like before are obviously still present in this generation’s society. Competing against ourselves and proving each other wrong make us immoral. We fight with our fellow countrymen — the ones we should help out — and turn ourselves into beasts. Some people like to control and some are being controlled. And some would just allow it but some would revolt. We engage in useless rivalries instead of having one common mission — to protect and serve the country.

2.) Was the film engaging? How so?
Yes, I think the film was engaging. Not only did I learn the history of the Philippines, but it also served as an eye-opener to today’s political events. It presented an idea of what the Philippines may be in the future. The film was quite realistic in a sense that it showed scenes that some may consider offensive and unnecessary. But, I think it was necessary to include these parts for the sake of art. This film should be watched by most of the Filipinos because it could make them relate this movie to everyday events and what happened before could possibly still happen today. 
In this film, I learned both art and the history of the Philippines at the same time. I have learned more about this country’s society and government. It made me believe the importance of art in learning. Since art can be almost anything, we could just practically watch something with good and smart content and learn from it. By that, the film ‘Heneral Luna’ had a great impact on me. 
3.) What was the function of art being fulfilled by the film?
The film showed almost everything that happened. It included dismal scenes which made it more significant and real. Brutality was also involved as it was rampant before. Without adding these parts, the events showed wouldn’t be that accurate and accuracy plays an important role in learning historical events. I think that was the function of art in the film — to show something realistic just like the Spolarium.

4.) Describe the aesthetic experience you’ve encountered in the film, if there is any?
While watching the film, I have encountered an aesthetic experience. I was mainly interested in how the characters played each role. I wanted to see something realistic and honest. Violence and cruelty played a major part of this country’s history and I was amazed on how it was presented. It was not avoided in order to maintain and respect the precision of the past events. It may have just been General Luna’s madness and lunacy, but I’d like to identify it as great expression and portrayal of the character. It explained how important acting is and how it could affect a film.

5.) What/Who does Joven Hernando represent?
Joven Hernandez was a fictional character created to represent this generation or basically us. In the film, he was so important. He was being protected at all circumstances just to preserve this generation. He was the future of the past. We were their future. They would do anything for the safety of the next generations. The people before fought for us to protect this generation. Despite the raging war within the country and the United States, it was still their purpose to save today’s generation. This is what we should do. This goal should remain in our government. We shouldn’t be focused on accomplishing selfish goals but rather contribute something good for the future.

This character symbolizes who we are and how we think. He’s fascinated by the works of the people, whether good or bad. He questioned and looked for answers regarding the history of the Philippines. I, myself, want to understand and appreciate this country more and more each day.

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