When I learned that the same film producer is planning to do a remake of the ostentatious Temptation Island, I was initially upset, disheartened and bothered. I wondered why this perversely sophisticated movie has to be redone. I deemed that it would be a desecration and chastisement of the genius work of Joey Gosiengfiao. It’s simply blasphemous!
But when all forms of media were showered and spewed with advertisements about the 2011 version, I turned erratic, provoked and eager. All publicity write-ups and interviews conveyed that the new version will “remain faithful to the campy spirit of the original film”. This gave me a benefit of the doubt for the new version and made me persuaded to look forward in seeing the film. I was actually looking forward on how the stars of the new film deliver those precious lines…
Last night was the moment when I along with seven other souls (my equally twisted cosmopolitan office mates) saw the new version. I knew all the while that the celebrities who starred and played the roles of this year’s version could not equal the fuzzy sophistication as delivered by the original cast.
Surprisingly, Lovie Poe came close to that of the character originally played by Jennifer Cortez in the original version. Though she came short on the classy, flashy and foxy high-chinned moves and patrician bratty demeanor of Jennifer, she delivered her lines well. Lovie was unexpectedly funny. She came close to the original in delivering the lines (now considered classic in Pinoy pop culture) since both ladies possess the sexy low-toned breathy voice.
John Lapuz who played Juswa (Joshua when articulated in proper English) was a bit of a disappointment. Lapuz evidently tried very hard to deliver his lines similar to the fluency and eloquence of the original Joshua played by Jonas Sebastian. Lapuz, who do not possess the natural required accent along with an innate coarse and croaky tone, will obviously never equal the feat Jonas Sebastian has done in the original version. Moreover, it was a letdown when Lapuz sported the Queen-Melo-look. Because of such costume-y and cartoon-y look, Lapuz’ characterization of Joshua created a notion that it was too-over-taught to the point that he desperately wants the viewers to laugh. It was so unlike Sebastian’s characterization – effortless yet grand and hilarious!
The other actors and actresses who starred in the new version seemed too novice for the demands of their respective roles. In my own personal view the cast and re-creators of this year’s version tried too hard which resulted to categorizing the film according to Susan Sontag (a literary theorist) as “deliberate camp”. This is so unlike the original movie which was crisp, candid and unpretentiously presented in which as per Sontag is categorized as “naive camp”. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed the movie simply because Temptation Island is such a rich, colorful, hilarious and ostentatious film material.
But, the film’s saving glory is actually in the quintessential personification of the ham, the hunk, the beefcake, Aljur Abrenica! (to be continued…)
Bakit si Aljur? Pwes, abangan ang susunod na powst. Ang haba na kasi.