I was disheartened to watch the first half of Metro Manila. It was a very heart wrenching and “truth be told” film without the masking of a romantic comedy storyline, which is what made it so beautiful for me. I am no film critic but that made me so enthused about this film, especially because it came from an outsider’s point of view.
The first half of the film bit by bit illustrates how life is in Metro Manila, sure it is a sight we have all seen here (if you’re a local of Manila) but we have become so accustomed to it that we don’t see how far (unfortunately not progressively) our metropolitan has transformed into. The film perfectly details this with each frame used, I was relieved to have something like this finally shown to it’s own people. Let me clear things for a second, I am not saying that we do not have a beautiful country, I just think we could do so much better! Our people have so much potential, drive and passion to be successful.. yet in the film we see why we are so barred from the point of reaching that ability.The why, who, and what makes our country so average with it’s “progress”, despite all the ravishing places, warm people, and rich culture, are revealed.
Honestly, I don’t know what else to say, I really just wanted to say my piece about the movie. By the end of the film, I didn’t know how to feel about how such things happen daily, I just knew it was the truth and that finally, someone out there was able to wonderfully tell this story.
Props to Sean Ellis. A man that I would love to meet! I was utterly enraptured. I sincerely hope the best for this film as much as I do for my own!