Heneral Luna is as timely as today’s politics.
“Negosyo o kalayaan. Bayan o sarili. Pumili ka!”
In a scene where some members of Aguinaldo’s cabinet argued to enter into a deal with the Americans, one moviegoer said:
“Kaya pala ganito ang gobyerno natin ngayon dahil sa mga tarantadong yan.”
In another scene when Luna was about to be executed, somebody in the audience said:
“Tara na, ayokong panoorin yang mga taksil na yan.”
Every time Heneral Luna in the movie delivers his lines, people would say: “Tama!”
“May delegado ba tayo sa Treaty of Paris, o tagapagmasid? Wala? Para kayong mga birhen na naniniwala sa pag-ibig ng puta!”
When Aguinaldo or one of his men speaks, people would mutter “gago” or “ulol”.
Waching “Heneral Luna” was an interactive experience.
The last time I remember when moviegoers were so involved in a film was when I watched a Fernando Poe movie in Mindanao in the early 1980s.
Watching “Heneral Luna” was like looking at a series of well-crafted still photos. The cinematographer painted light on screen like a master.
The movie is poetry on screen.
“Nasubukan mo na bang hulihin ang hangin?”
“Digmaan ang iyong asawa, ako lamang ay iyong kerida.”
“Kailangan nilang tumalon sa kawalan.”
“Mga kapatid, meron tayong mas malaking kaaway kaysa mga Amerikano. Ang ating sarili.”
Watch “Heneral Luna,” be angry, cry for our country, and “be part of the revolution.”