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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Sep 7, 2017

New Director Barry Gonzalez Comes Up With A Very Entertaining, Well Crafted Commercial Teen Romance In 'Fangirl/ Fanboy', Well Acted By Its Two Lead Stars

MORE AND MORE new and young directors are being given breaks in filmmaking. One of them is Barry Gonzalez who is given by Viva Films a chance to direct in “Fanboy/ Fangirl”, a teen-oriented romantic comedy. He has worked as an assistant director in Star Cinema movies but it’s Viva that gave him a break as a full fledged director in “Fangirl/ Fanboy” that is now showing in theaters.

“Nakakanerbiyos kasi puro kami bago na sinusugalan ng Viva,” he says. “Like me na first full length film ito, first starring roles din ito nina Julian Trono at Ella Cruz. Kaya bago kami nag-start ng shooting, kinausap ko sila, heart to heart talk talaga.”

This helped the young stars to perform better. “I told them kailangan ko ng kanilang full cooperation para mapaganda namin nang husto ang movie. I asked them, what do you want to prove? Yun ang ilabas natin. Sa simula, kapaan kami. But eventually, tinginan na lang, nagkakaintindihan na kami.

Nakilala sila for being good dancers sa youtube. But sa movie, di namin sila pinasayaw. Good acting ang ipapakita nila rito and I think they succeeded naman in doing that.”

We’ve seen the movie and Direk Barry delivers a fast-paced well crafted commercial teen romance. He certainly knows what he's doing and it helps that both Julian and Ella act very persuasively and you will root for them and the characters they play. Julian is definitely leading man material and has great screen presence.

Superb supporting performances are rendered by Andrea del Rosario as a teleserye director, Cholo Barretto and Kim Molina as her assistants, Yayo Aguila and Christopher Roxas as Ella’s supportive parents and Candy Pangilinan as Julian’s mom (only one scene but very effective). Special mention should be made of Shy Carlos who’s really very convincing as a conceited popular actress with an attitude who was paired with Julian and acts as the contravida in the very entertaining movie.