Verdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.10 (10 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Directors: Lee Meily, Nelson Caguila

Writers: Judith Albano, JM Diego, Carljoe Javier

Cast: Erich Gonzales, JM DeGuzman, John Wayne Sace, Boots Anson-Roa, William Martinez, Giselle Sanchez, Hazel Ann Mendoza, Alwyn Uytingco, Alchris Galura, Jeremiah Carandang, Winryll Banaag

Synopsis: Pintakasi tells the story of DJ (played by John Wayne), a young, passionate painter who arrives at an island which has become a dumping ground for garbage. With the island and its poverty-stricken people as his canvas, DJ struggles to protect the shanty town island and teach its people to dream and hope. He eventually wins the heart of Josie (played by Erich Gonzales), inarguably the most beautiful woman on the island whom Tikboy (played by JM de Guzman) considers his “queen.” A small time gang leader and uncrowned king of the island, Tikboy reacts violently against their budding romance which leads to DJ’s taking vengeance. The movie’s title holds two different meanings: pintakasi means sabong; pinta kasi (love to paint), two elements that are crucial in the film.

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Review:

4.0          Cathy Peña (Make Me Blush)

“John Wayne Sace skillfully essays JM, a polished performance. He’s the new guy in town who dreams of better things for the neighborhood. He’s a symbol of redemption in a domicile where dreaming is nothing but folly.” (Read full review)

3.5          Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“In the final analysis, it’s hard to say whether or not the movie is really any good. But one thing can’t be denied: Pintakasi has a pulse.” (Read full review)

3.5          Rito Asilo (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

“The animation is impressive, but it sometimes distracts from the story, which the filmmakers and their actors handle with insight and theatrical flourish. Some scenes have an unfinished feel to them, but it’s easy to follow the story as it spins around the lives of people who know better than to do what’s right!” (Read full review)

3.0          Carl Papa (Whatever, Carl)

“The movie is a mix of animation, live action and musical as well.  Though I could not say that they perfectly meshed, the combination of the three makes the movie quite refreshing to watch.  I don’t think that I have not seen anything like it in Philippine cinema in recent memory.” (Read full review)

2.0          Ian Urrutia (Pinoy Cinema Tumblr)

“Unfortunately, its attempt to infuse as many genres as possible, mixing animation with live action and going to as far as tapping hiphop, dance, Broadway musical, comedy, melodrama, realism and inspirational fluff in all the space it could get, fails to deliver.” (Read full review)

Comments:

4.0          Kathy Ursua (Cinephiles)

” I think it’s the first of its kind of Pinoy movies I’ve seen so far. The mixture of animation and live action is superb. Props to the animators ‘cos it’s really good, very colorful and wonderfully made. I didn’t expect that Pinoys can do this kind of thing and I was really WOW-ed with the output! Win na win ang opening! I now believe in the capacity of Filipno animators, galing talaga! The cinematography in the live action part is good too! As for the music, sometimes I think it’s pretty overused cos I felt like watching a looong music video of a mixtape during some parts of the film. Siguro a little silence can do naman. Nakakairita umarte si Giselle Sanchez haha. Medyo nawala yung ganda nung storya sa may dulo, pero ok pa rin.”

3.5          Manuel Pangaruy (Taga-ilog Special)

“Naha-high ako r’un sa color/feel/ritmo n’ung movie. Pasok ba ito sa magic realism? May ilang bumps sa huling part pero ang hirap i-dismiss n’ung effort dito pagdating sa animation. Klaro ‘yung vision ng movie tungkol sa kahirapan at kung paano mo ito pwedeng tingnan sa ibang mas makulay na paraan.”

3.0          Arsenio Tan Liao (Cinephiles)

“The idea of introducing hiphop culture, combining action and animation is not only a bold but commendable approach in filmmaking. However, there are so many issues that the filmmaker and producer would like to incorporate in the movie so much so, that the final output becomes cluttered (like ecological issues, societal like education, etc.) but these flaws are forgiveable though. (The subplot on the request of the protagonist for a school for his co-dwellers seems to be forced. There is a Bollywood reference in the tradition of Slumdog Millionaire in one scene between Erich and John Wayne.”

2.5          Jay-r Trinidad (Cinephiles)

“OK yung first half. Tapos, yung script nung matatapos na, turned into uhm… a different light. It felt political in some sense. Props to the wonderful colors used in the film.”

2.0          Don Jaucian (Pelikula Tumblr)

“Ganda na sa simula! Tapos naging full-length ad for MAD.”