Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Movie Review: "The Boy Foretold by the Stars"


When Director Dolly Dulu shared that his first exposure to a BL content was "Love of Siam" and that his film "The Boy Foretold By The Stars" was inspired from that, it somehow validated the experience I had after watching the film. The experience is familiar that it hits home.

I felt that the storyline was cliche but how the experience was structured and the noteworthy performances of the lead stars made the film a pleasure to watch. It brought me to happy tears because of the "kilig" scenes that just naturally unfurled within me.

I found the scoring impressive that it helped me more glued to the teenage romance unfolding in front of my eyes. 

The film is about an all out gay high school student Dominic (Adrian Lindayag who's on his early 20s) who unexpectedly fell in love to a campus jock Luke (Keann Johnson). They had several unnoticed encounters but destiny paved a way for them to get to know better on a weekend retreat. Dominic looked for the man he's destined to love using a checklist that the fortune teller provided, whereas Luke is dependent on a peso coin by tossing it so he'll be able to choose the decision needed on a certain situation. 

The lead stars may be freshies to the big screen but I applaud them for not showing awkwardness in their portrayal. The chemistry was beautifully developed as the story progresses and it's worth rooting for that you will feel dismayed if they will not end up being together. (Ooooppps spoiler alert but I thing an obvious giveaway! hahaha) Their kissing scenes were expected but the situations that led to it were not. And there's a deeper meaning to it that I wish you will be able to comprehend. 

The film explored certain aspects of love from a teenager's point of view but resonates across all ages. There are instances where we question the validity of how we feel towards one person because of our biases and preferences, but at the end of the day, we are still confronted with a decision-making whether we will move on with that feeling or we will just let it go.

Watch the trailer of "The Boy Foretold By The Stars." The film is part of the MMFF 2020 that's showing on Christmas Day via upstream.ph.

I hope the movie will be recognized in the awards night for its musical scoring, story, direction and performances.

Rating: 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

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