Hopes are high that "Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral" could prove to be just as rousing and brilliant as its well-reviewed predecessor. But, when buying tickets to go see it, understand that it's not going to be quite as bombastic as "Heneral Luna," its director Jerrold Tarog said.
The focus this time is with Gregorio del Pillar, portrayed by Paulo Avelino, and Tarog explained that his approach is more introspective in painting his warts-and-all portrait of the fabled boy hero.
"I wanted that uncertainty," he told ANC's "Headstart."
"You have this guy who is confident with the ladies and with pretty much with everyone but deep inside he's actually trying to fight his fear of death."
He labeled "Goyo" as a "coming-of-age" movie and that he's thankful the producers allowed him to do something "completely different."
"Subdued" and "reflective" were the words he used to describe his newest film, saying: "Once you go in expecting another 'Heneral Luna,' that's when it becomes a little off for you kasi you're waiting for the bombastic character."
Still though, the two movies are similar in a sense that it criticizes the Filipinos' tendency to place heroes on a pedestal, ignoring their flaws, he said.
"That was the whole point. It's pretty much to examine our culture of hero worship. Maybe after they've seen these movies, they'll think: is it still worth it to lionize people?"
"Maybe once we introduce that idea, we'll slowly but surely break that idea of worshipping our heroes."
"Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral" opens in cinemas nationwide this Wednesday.