As promised, here is my personal analysis why Aljur Abrenica was the saving grace in the remake of the Pinoy cult classic movie Temptation Island. (Press this LINK to read on my previous post about the movie.)
Aljur Abrenica was a big revelation in the movie Temptation Island 2011. Abrenica who played the role of Alfredo originally played by the late Alfie Anido was in his comfort zone. Not because of great acting ability and not because he was able to duplicate Anido’s coniotic stature and presence but because he fits well on being so campy for such a campy movie.
Aljur is a walking camp. I would like to believe that he is the male version of Alma Moreno, the Queen of Pinoy Camp Movies. He perfected the “twinkling-of-the-eyes” movement. In the movie, no matter what emotion he wants to convey, he only has one obscure style of stare. This guy is so funny for he never wink nor blink in the film because his eyes is constantly twinkling.
In the original version, Anido – a natural conio, who perfected the art of mixing and interchanging English and Tagalong in a chic and sophisticated manner – never got the chance to make me laugh. But in the remake, Aljur never failed to give me a chuckle. This is especially true when he utter his lines in the English language. Every time he speaks in English, me and my friends who were watching the film would whisper and ask each other “Ano daw?” (What did he say?), then laugh so hard other viewers thought Abrenica just delivered a hilarious line.
The portrayal of Abrenica in the film was so mediocre but it resulted to being so appealing in an ironic sense. With his enigmatic twinkling eyes and ambiguous delivery of lines that emerged into an unintentional comedic performance, Abrenica was able to achieve his goal of making Temptation Island 2011 (The Remake) a passable campy film.
Si Aljur malamang ang tatanghaling Hari ng Pinoy Kamp Mubis…