Tempting enough.

Jul 7, 2011 by

What’s bothersome about watching film remakes (think Frankenstein, King Kong, & Willy Wonka) is that you can’t help but see flashes of the original movie while the current one is rolling. It’s quite annoying, really, until you realize you’re being rude for not paying enough attention to the one that’s playing in front of you. And you come to the cinema with expectations (bordering on fear): how will they do this scene, will they give justice to this immortal line, will they even bother replicating the original?

These questions hover on top of your head like those mosquitoes that buzz on top of your head around dinnertime. And right after watching Joey Gosiengfiao’s TEMPTATION ISLAND remake, Patrick, Kevin and I had to have pasta for a lengthy discussion. Did we like the remake? Not that it matters, but we liked the pasta that’s for sure.

The remake as a whole is very entertaining. It’s like watching a resurrection of an old favorite. It’s like seeing a relative who left for the US and coming home after 30 years. You know that feeling? Some things are the same but some things have changed. For the old ones who have known the relative, there is a sense of appreciation to the changes in that relative. But for the younger ones who have not known the relative because they were born much later, the whole encounter may seem a bit weird.

I guess I have captured the real essence of Temptation Island’s remake in that analogy. Or not.

Personally, I enjoyed the film. I giggled at the historic lines uttered by the characters. I almost choked during some of the moments in the movie that I thought were brilliant — and there were quite a few. The actors were superb and the production design tried its best to “improve but not depart” from the unassuming genius of Gosiengfiao.  The musical scoring is a spin-off from the original movie giving it an authentic flavor to the film. Although one may notice the disparity in costuming, one can only imagine the generosity of the remake’s producers. If only Gosiengfiao had such amount when he was making the original, he would have involved spaceships and underwater shots in the first movie. A big round of applause to the remake’s director, Chris Martinez, for his notable efforts in creating a film that somehow felt like a tribute to the king of camp, Joey Gosiengfiao.

Over pasta, Patrick and Kevin were sharing their thoughts on the movie:

I think the characterization of the actors were very inconsistent.

Yeah, if one of them copied the original portrayal of the actor in the first film, how come the others didn’t do the same.

But I think she is really funny. Like, she stole the movie entirely from the other girls.

Ruffa is still Ruffa. Her dance sequence was a bomb!

And their names. Ah well, they couldn’t have used the original characters’ names. That was them!

I didn’t like the song they sang in the end. It’s too literal.

Deborah is still funny. Oh, and so was Azenith.

Some of my favorite lines were taken out! Hayyy.

Jos-wa. Haha!

The film has wonderful moments, admit it. The pearl, the sand, and the sorry-assed boys. Haha!

The boys should have gone full-frontal if they really wanted to be remembered.

I know right?

Which one was Tom again?

The dangers of watching a film with fellow artists. But hey, go watch Temptation Island. It’s fun, it’s furious, it’s funny, it’s sick, it’s totally phony, Lovi Poe is brilliant, it’s not THAT old, and it’s done with lots of love (I think). I’d like to see it again, to be really honest, so yeah. Catch it while it’s there.

The movie remake poster.

Temptation Island cast and crew (photo by http://www.blogfornoob.com)

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