Movie Review: Senior Year

Senior Year
Directed by Jerrold Tarog

Don’t you sometimes reminisce how you were ingh school, when things like what to eat in the cafeteria or wear during the ball were big issues and must be discussed with your friends?

This Filipino film, which has a limited run this month, shows an unpretentious retelling of everyone’s high school memories. Whethe hir you studied in a public, private, or sectarian school, we all share similar stories about our nerd classmate, the playboy jock, the typical maarte, the outcasts, and the indifferent.

The high school students are such a please to watch. What they did in the film is so natural that I refuse to call it ’acting.’

The issues tackled in the film maybe trivial to some of us, but whether we admit it or not, we know we all had the same problems back then. The graduation speech for the batch valedictorian, the perfect grad ball dress for afashionista,the perfect love letter for a secret admirer, and the concept of fidelity for a playboy. All these are tackled in the film in such a light manner that viewers still get to empathize for a sad and broken character without exactly having that heavy feeling.

But the more interesting part of the film, more than their senior year moments, is what and who they have become after ten years. Who has been successful? Which one of them is doing what they really love? Who has changed? And the more important question, who is still stuck from the past?

The perfect bonus for this film is the soundtrack. In this film, songs of Johnoy Danao are used. What I absolutely love about independent films is that they use original Pinoy music that enthralls the audience with its authenticity, emotion, and meaning, regardless if it lacks the commercial appeal we now hear from mainstream music.

I really can’t say much about the technicalities of the film for I am no film critic. But from the viewer perspective, Senior Year succeeds in entertaining by bringing them back to their memorable, maybe abhored, but nevertheless life changing years in high school.

It is just sad that it is given a very limited run. I hope the time will come that cinemas nationwide see the value in this kind of film. And borrowing a line from one of the characters of the film, “That’s all I can do for now — hope.”

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