I Do (Bidoo Bidoo) makes for a fun ride.

Sep 2, 2012 by

One thing people should remember when watching musicals (whether on stage or on screen) is that they’re always contrived. Unbelievable. Defies time and space. Codes everything with colors. Dancing people at the height of a conflict or orgasm. It’s cartoons using real actors. And that’s why we all love musicals. They make life so much more interesting.

I Do (Bidoo Bidoo)¬†achieves a clear interpretation of a musical material that blends entertainment with substantial values its audience can benefit from. Director and writer Chris Martinez succeeds in eliminating a sense of discomfort from a dominantly unexposed Filipino viewer whenever the character explodes into singing in the middle of a dramatic moment. Watching the movie, I felt a jolt of excitement over the songs that are familiar to me (and to many of us, I’m sure). APO Hiking Society’s music is truly a Filipino classic. Their lyrics evoked sensible narratives that made the movie solid. Although the songs were not treated as explicit transitions from one story unit to the next, it certainly highlighted character development and the plot.

The story revolves around two young lovers whose parents come from the opposite poles of social strata. The families engage into a dispute because of teenage pregnancy and the looming plans of early marriage.

The cast was a strong set of ensemble that Martinez treated with so much respect. Chris Martinez made sure that each character earns a moment onscreen and when the lead cast takes on the songs, they’re often given arrangements that counterpoint for duets, trios or quartets — all of which sound beautifully leveled and unified. Great job for the musical director of I Do (Bidoo Bidoo). Sam Concepcion delivers a promising performance that showcased his talents in its most natural state — almost as if he was dancing without choreography and singing without minding technique, an effect only very talented performers can achieve. My only cause of distraction on Sam is his inconsistent facial bronzer that sometimes comes too dark making him look strange. For her introductory performance Tippy Dos Santos looked luminous onscreen but I was wanting for a less labored acting. Eugene Domingo, Ogie Alcasid, Zsa-Zsa Padilla and Gary Valenciano are unquestionable in this genre who are all very good actors and very good singers. Their performance gave the film an authentic feel, knowing that the people mouthing the songs are real singers.

On a more technical note, I am most impressed with the choreography. It had hints of Jerome Robbins’ Westside Story¬†but the execution is good and the camera-work by I Do’s cinematographer captured the energy of the dance sequences. The basketball court sequence, the luncheon at the Fuentebellas, and the flashmob-esque school ground sequence were delightful. I’d love to see it again!

I feel proud that a Filipino movie has been made such as I Do (Bidoo Bidoo). I highly recommend it and I hope you can catch it before the cinemas change shows this midweek. I’m pretty sure you’ll have a wonderful time singing along with the great songs of APO Hiking Society and you might just find yourself tapping your feet and stopping yourself from exploding all over the place for want of exhilaration. Congratulations to the cast and crew of I Do (Bidoo Bidoo)!

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Photo from I Do (Bidoo Bidoo) facebook fanpage.

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One of my favorite scenes in the movie. Photo from I Do (Bidoo Bidoo) facebook fanpage.

 

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