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TAGPUAN

Tagpuan (MMFF 2020)

Directed by: McArthur Alejandre


Three people with different viewpoints and personalities exchange stories to one another.


Shaina Magdayao instantly steals the show with her bubbly performance. Her radiance shines throughout the movie. Iza Calzado and Alfred Vargas were expectedly fine, but the screenplay didn’t give them the chance to prosper.


The script limits the characters to participate in an engaging and fruitful discussion. The movie is bombarded with a variety of topics, leaving no room for character growth and story development.


The topics can get extremely broad, and they weren’t able to contain it in a smooth manner. The conversations have no common direction to take. Most discussions can stand on its own—without needing to watch the whole movie.


The cinematography was stunning, amplifying the beauty of their chosen locations. But the significance of these areas to the characters is not convincing. Driven by a weak script, the HongKong and New York can easily be replaced with other shooting locations.


With few reasons to hold onto, this movie is stretched for too long. They are maintaining a monotonous pace with no climax and highlights. They relied too much on narrations. Heavy lines are said, but there’s no weight attached to it. The scenes come and go with no rhythm to anticipate.


Sabog ang pagkaka-kwento. Hindi nila napagsama-sama nang maganda ang mga eksena. Tanging ang narration ni Alfred Vargas ang nagpapaliwanag sa lahat ng bagay. Kung walang narration, maaaring hindi na sila nakabuo ng isang pelikula.


This movie is full of empty words in an attempt to put meaning in every location and discussion that they have.


TAGPUAN

Rating: 0/5


Cast: Alfred Vargas, Iza Calzado, Shaina Magdayao

Presented by: Alternative Vision Cinemas

Date Released: December 25, 2020 via upstream.ph

A Movie Review by: Goldwin Reviews

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