Seeing the new Piolo movie in a different light

  • Page Views 990
  • More than a love story, the movie is primarily about a father-son relationship. Absentee father Charlie Sr. (played by Piolo Pascual) is suddenly reunited with his son Charlie Jr. (Raikko Mateo) for a short vacation in Alaska. It shakes up both of their worlds: Dad and his womanizing ways, and the son who has never been away from her mother’s side till then. Indeed, it’s not only the young one who steps into a strange new world when he lands in Alaska to see the Northern Lights, but the father too whose life changes direction completely, beautifully and for always; a metaphor for the Aurora Borealis.

    With three mainstream film outfits behind it, it’s no surprise there are scenes in the movie “strategically” placed to bring on the kilig (after all, it’s also a love story). Yen Santos, who plays Piolo’s love interest here, has promise and can only get better in time. Piolo is effective as usual and Raikko, simply endearing.

    For years now it’s been trendy to shoot movies abroad and in the most iconic locations (Dubai, Barcelona, Italy, etc). It’s easy to think Alaska may not be as colourful, as cinematic a choice as it’s almost always white all around – until you look up and see the pinks, greens and violets of the great Northern Lights. We speculate that the choice of location preceded the conceptualization of the story and the casting, but, if it’s true, can you blame them?

    “Northern Lights” might make you want to assess your priorities. It might make you question the relationships you’ve cherished, and those that, somehow, got swept under the carpet. It might make you want to reset the compass that guides your life.

    But only if you choose to see the movie in a flattering light. (J. Panaligan , mb)

    Share

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 13 October 2018
      3 days ago No comment

      “Walang Unli-Rice: A GMA News and Public Affairs Special” airs on GMA Pinoy TV

      GMA Pinoy TV, joins Jessica Soho—widely regarded as the country’s most credible broadcast journalist—together with award-winning documentarists Kara David, Maki Pulido, and Atom Araullo as they present and seek answers to one of the most pressing issues of today in “Walang Unli-Rice: A GMA News and Public Affairs Special”. ...

    • 13 October 2018
      3 days ago No comment

      Venom (PG)

      Big business and mad scientists go hand in hand. At least they do when it comes to the movies. Sony Pictures and Marvel Comics unleash a new kind of super hero in Venom. Aimed squarely at those geeky comic book aficionados check out this violent thriller at Cineplex Cinemas ...

    • 11 October 2018
      4 days ago No comment

      Amid job loss scare, Palace certifies endo bill urgent

      Amid fears of job losses due to the second package of tax reform, government is stepping up efforts to give security of tenure to workers by ending contractualization. According to presidential spokesman Harry Roque, President Duterte in a Sept. 21 letter to Senate President Vicente Sotto III certified as ...

    • 11 October 2018
      5 days ago No comment

      LP names first 3 bets for senator

      THE opposition Liberal Party (LP) yesterday officially announced the first three of its 12 senatorial candidates for the 2019 mid-term elections. They are Sen. Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV; former Deputy Speaker Lorenzo “Erin” Tañada III; and De La Salle University College of Law Dean Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno. ...

    • 07 October 2018
      1 week ago No comment

      Nervous Translation (PG)

      Altered State! Being a child is difficult at the best of times. Take a young girl out of her environment and there’s no telling what may happen. Lucky audiences who take in Nervous Translation will be transformed by a mesmerizing low-key performance from its lead who provides a fulfilling ...

    %d bloggers like this: