“Abnkkbsnplako (Aba, Nakakabasa Na Pala Ako)?! The Movie”Now Showing!
J.P. Laurel Avenue, Davao City
Feb. 19, 2014, 10 a.m.
Grade A for screen adaptation of Bob Ong book about student life “Something good and new…different…engaging, refreshing, entertaining…” So goes some of the praises from the Cinema Evaluation Board’s review of “ABNKKBSNPLAko (Aba, Nakakabasa Na Pala Ako)?! The Movie”, which received the highest grade of A from the board recently. The grade entitles the film to a 100 percent rebate of amusement taxes. “ABNKKBSNPLAko The Movie” is based on the best-selling, now-classic book of the same title by popular author Bob Ong. It stars Jericho Rosales, Andi Eigenmann, Vandolph, and Meg Imperial as a barkada of students going through the ups and downs of school life Pinoy-style from the 1980s to the 1990s until their professional careers in the 2000s. The movie opens in cinemas nationwide on Wednesday, February 19. “It is a fun film that hopefully Bob Ong’s fans and teens will enjoy,” said the board. “It brings back a lot of nostalgic memories. It shows high school ups and downs: teenage anxieties and simple joys. The movie then graduates to days of college adjustments, early career issues and reunion blues. And all these developments are told with ‘no pretensions.’ It is well acted, well directed and scripted.” “ABNKKBSNPLAko?! The Movie” gives its director, Mark Meily, his fifth straight “A” from the CEB, which is to say that all his movies — “Crying Ladies”, “La Visa Loca”, “Baler”, “El Presidente” — have been graded “A.” He is the only director to have such a distinction. “Director Mark Meily has created an interesting and entertaining dissertation of Bob Ong’s book,” notes the CEB. “His film shows the audience to appreciate that one has choices in life.” The board further lauded the “good ensemble effort from all members of the cast…the chemistry…and subtle humor.” In particular, it gave the thumbs up to Jericho, Meg, and Vandolph. “Jericho Rosales essayed his role with credibility and conviction and Meg Imperial was a revelation. Vandolph may very well take after his father (Dolphy) with his comic timing,” the board said. The CEB called the screenplay by Ned Trespeces “witty and crisp” and the cinematography “very good.” It said that the production design “successfully captured the ‘80s and ’90s” and that the musical score was “good and helped in evoking the different decades.” The following are further comments from the Board members: - “The film is entertaining and instructive.” - “In a way, it is “Bagets”, Bob Ong style.” - “Something good and new. Cute movie.” - “Good transition of popular literature into cinema.” The movie has also received the enthusiastic thumbs up from the SRO crowd of mostly students that attended the film’s premiere screening in UP Diliman. “Super fun! Makaka-relate lahat ng estudyante!” said student Maku Mei Chan. Inah Flores agreed: “So funny! Super benta!” Inah Flores. Another student, Noel Angelo, noted the many life lessons that the movie imparts. Abby Pardo was thoroughly impressed, saying the movie has “great story, great acting, great music, great direction, and most of all a great vision from a great author (Ong).” For his part, young professional Alexis Torres noted that the movie is time and money well-spent: “Really good. Worth every centavo.” Source: http://www.interaksyon.com/entertainment/grade-a-for-screen-adaptation-of-bob-ong-book-about-student-life/
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