Saturday, September 3, 2011

Zombadings 1: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington

The indie film Zombadings: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington received so much love that, just like Ang Babae sa Septic Tank, it also went mainstream (a.k.a. shown in several cinemas nationwide). Thus I was so excited for Friday to come so that I could finally watch this movie (I even asked my boss if I could leave early for it).
Popcorn? Check! Cola? Check! Fries? Check! Chocolates? Check! Water? Check! (We obviously love to snack.)
There were several trailers before the movie started so we thought that the movie will be a short one. If ever it was, we didn’t notice it at all. The pacing of the movie was really good.
It all started with the young Remington mocking all the gays that pass by him (why he even called a priest gay during confession). Unfortunately, he met his match (Roderick Paulate) and cursed him that he’ll turn gay on his 21st birthday (which was known as the coming of age of men).
It was very interesting how the film depicted Remington’s (played by Martin Escudero) transition from a manly hunk (who fell in love with Hannah, played by Lauren Young) to eventually a flawless and slim Remington (or should I call Remita for a more girly name) who was slowly falling for his best friend Jigs (Kerbie Zamora). They made use of a buff faceless guy wearing nothing but trunks and boots to be the means to bring out the feminine side of Remington. From shaving his body hair to pulling his tongue out and drooling on him (okay, the other two doesn’t seem to make sense), it had a mix of humor and disgust (especially with the saliva waterfalls) but it made a mark and impact. It was witty too how they injected the character of Eugene Domingo in the movie... very subtle but memorable.
I laughed so hard when Remington was fighting his inner Remita from falling for his guy best friend. They made use of different music when Remington sees Hannah and when Jigs calls him.
What I loved best though was the extensive use of gay lingo with subtitles. It made me want to learn more gay words… and yes, be fluent as well.
You might think that this doesn’t have a moral lesson or whatsoever as the title of the movie was Zombadings (a combination of the word zombie and bading—meaning gay). But it actually pointed out a social issue that most people just brush off… the abuse gays receive from some people. Some mock them and make fun of them just for… the heck of it. But they, just like anyone, also get hurt, offended, and yes, get angry as well.
SENSITIVITY—was the value that was stressed during the latter part of the movie. Though it was addressed in a comedic way, it still emphasized how the lack of it can do to a society. Fear and angst prevailed.
Definitely a must watch movie!  

1 comment:

  1. the writers should have thought of other people's reactions about the movie. it isn't just about entertainment. it could have been better if religion was considered.


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