The Reunion won last night when I was thinking of what to watch from my pile of Pinoy movies. It was recommended by Elise, someone who is more in the know when it comes to Pinoy movies, and so I took her advice. I had to say it was the right decision. I actually really wanted to see this when it was out on cinemas because I liked the music of the Eraserheads, which featured prominently in the movie, and I have always had a bit of a crush on Enchong Dee. On top of that, I have always been a sucker for coming-of-age type of teen flicks so this was really my kind of movie.
Anyway, the premise of the movie seems simple enough: a group of guys who were friends since high school discover that they needed to make a change in their lives and the way to do it was to retrace their steps and make something “right” from the past. Of course there’s more to it than that. That’s the bare essentials of it, really so I encourage you to see it for yourself to really see what’s going on.
If you’re a fan of the Eraserheads’ music, then you’ll probably find it cool as E-heads music comprises the soundtrack of the movie plus there are the references all over the place to the songs, too. I love the atmosphere that the music sets for the whole movie. It makes the characters and their situations all the more relatable for me because I grew up listening to the Eraserheads even if I only really got to appreciate their music later on. It was very familiar and it was a great, freeing feeling to be singing along to their hits as you watch. It’s like going back to those days when everything was simpler and carefree.
As for the actors, they were okay. Most of them played their parts very well, though I have to say that Jessy Mendiola and Julia Montes could have done better. They both seemed a bit stiff and expressionless to me. The boys did a great job. You can tell that there is a chemistry between the main four guys. It really feels like they’ve known each other for a long time. Enchong Dee’s talent isn’t surprising and he’s proven once again that he’s not just a pretty face and body. Meanwhile, this is the first time I’ve seen Xian Lim act and I have to say I was really impressed by his performance. I particularly liked his story line and this thing he does when he sings his own version of “Sampung Mga Daliri”. ‘Gets me every time. And I was surprised to see Matt Evans there too. He’s trying to be versatile, I think, since he played a gay character and I guess it was okay. Yeah. Matt Evans has shown that he’s got some talent so I don’t know why he went on to make this movie with that part. But he was fun as always. It was nice to see him onscreen.
The movie ended in a satisfying note and I felt good and bubbly and worry-free about staying up late to watch it. Maybe later on I would forget all about this movie and I won’t remember it when I’m made to think of the movies that have left a significant impact on me, but I don’t think that was what this movie was aiming for. It was a road trip with friends, including the joys and trouble that one encounters during such a trip, but it’s all in good fun and the Eraserheads just made it a sweeter ride.