Review: The Reunion
I had to let the kilig subside before I wrote about The Reunion because it was just too hard to write anything objective with the image of Enchong and Enrique Gil flashing like neon lights whenever I close my eyes. That and the endless shrieking inside the cinema tell us a lot about how effective the ensemble of talent that was put together for the movie is.
In an interview, director Frasco Mortiz and writer Ice de Guzman said that their goal was to come up with a fun movie and tell the story of a real-life barkadahan. This is the reason why the chemistry among the cast was tested prior to shooting and I think this paid off pretty well. The four leads and main support Jessy Mendiola and Matt Evans had a plausible bond that was pretty amusing to watch.
The story was spread among the four leads with Enchong's story setting the centerpiece. While this part was fine, there were interesting plotlines that were abruptly resolved. They also concluded with a cliche but it mostly works because of the inherent charm of the characters.
As a tribute to the Eraserheads, it didn't quite work. While it succeeded in making me sing-along for the most part, it felt like any song could have been played and it wouldn't really make much of a difference. The music was also overly loud at some part of the movie, drowning dialogues and distracting the audience rather than help the scene. Still, it was interesting to hear familiar names and situations from the songs incorporated in the story.
The Reunion as a whole is fun and very likeable. It mostly lived up to the vision of its creators. It just wasn't a very ambitious goal to begin with as they did not really aim to be in the same league as some of the iconic barkada movies. They just had a fun story to tell and they told it in an amusing way that mostly got the audience hooked and screaming along. I am not sure what it says about the audience or the filmmaker but I am sure that there's a lot of room here to aim for more next time.