Movie Review: Kasal: Story and Execution Did Not Marry Well Together

Director: Joselito “Jay” Altarejos
Starring: Arnold Reyes, Oliver Aquino

Among all the Cinemalaya entries this year, I was looking forward to “Kasal” the most. I have soft spot for pink films. I still have this lifelong dream to tell my own in film.

Kasal is a “slice of life drama of a gay couple whose resolve to stay together is challenged as they attend a wedding. It also is an examination on how a gay couple navigates through the different institutions in Philippine society.”

I first heard of Director Jay Alterejos when “Ang Lihim Ni Antonio” became a critical hit.

Positives first: The story’s premise was interesting. A couple in the middle of mending their wounded relationship, caused by one committing infidelity, attends a wedding and in their journey tackles long-kept issues and struggles.

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Arnold Reyes gave a good performance as a closeted gay guy, which you may attribute to the scenes where he could not fully show his jealousy because he was surrounded by his whole family.

Unfortunately, these positives were quickly outweighed by the not-so-great ones. Oliver Aquino’s monotonous speaking tone was uncomforting after the first half of the film. There were also a more than considerable amount of supporting actors who needed a couple more sessions of acting workshops.

But what really saddened me was the way the script was written. I know the people behind the film wanted to show that couples, whether straight or gay, face the same issues and challenges. But why show it so blatantly? As a viewer, I wanted to be curious and think of what the scene meant. Sadly, there were few of those moments in the film.

There was also one glaring bad scene/script in the film during the wedding scene. The priest’s sermon was totally irrelevant to the ocassion. It was like the writers thought, “This is a gay film. Catholic priests in the Philippines are against gays. We should show that here.”

During the credits, we saw Zig Dulay as one of the screenplay writers and we immediately thought of his NETPAC entry “Huling Halik” at the Cinemalaya 2011. We also had high hopes for that film…haaaay

“Kasal” promised a good story. It just did not marry well with the execution. And while it was not terribly bad, I couldn’t consider it good as well.

2/5 stars

I know that one of my friends liked this film, so I urge you to still check it out. Well all have different tastes. Maybe you’ll like it as well.

Here are the remaining screening dates and times of “Kasal:”

August 5, 2014 (Tuesday)

  • 4:00 PM – Trinoma Cinema 4
  • 6:15 PM – CCP MKP Hall
  • 9:00 PM – CCP Main Theatre

August 6, 2014 (Wednesday)

  • 9:00 PM – Alabang Town Center Cinema 4
  • 9:00 PM – Greenbelt 3 Cinema 4

August 7, 2014 (Thursday)

  • 4:00 PM – Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5
  • 6:30 PM – Trinoma Cinema 1
  • 9:00 PM – CCP MKP Hall

August 8, 2014 (Friday)

  • 10:00 AM – CCP Main Theatre
  • 9:00 PM – CCP Tanghalang Huseng Batute
  • 9:00 PM – Trinoma Cinema 4

August 9, 2014 (Saturday)

  • 4:00 PM – Fairview Terraces Cinema 5

 

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