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    Highlighting Elements in the Movie Magnifico



    Magnifico is a 2003 Filipino Independent Movie. This movie is the most if not one of the most beautiful movies in the Philippines. For me, I would rate the movie 9.98/10. Although I like every aspect of the movie, as a viewer, I still have my own “would be” scene. If I am the director of this movie, I would have added or edited the following elements in the movie:



    1. The Wheelchair

    If you have watched the movie, the reason why Magnifico died is because he was hit by a vehicle when he attempted to cross the highway to see Mang Domeng. And we all know the purpose of this meeting, Mang Domeng will about to tell Magnifico that he will give the wheelchair of his deceased mother to Helen. Helen is Magnifico's sister who is suffering from cerebral palsy, hence she can't walk. Mang Domeng was moved when he saw how Magnifico sacrificed in carrying his sister just to let her see how the "Perya" looks like. In the burial scene, Magnifico’s father is still carrying Helen. It would be good if the wheelchair has been included on that scene.  A scene to show Helen enjoying the comfort and convenience of the wheelchair should have been added.



    Christian implication: 

    This could be a perfect mirror of how Christ sacrificed for us. Just like Magnifico, Christ had carried all our cross so we may receive the gift of life. The freedom and the gifts that we are enjoying right now are the result of the sacrifices of Christ when he carried our cross to the Calvary. Just as Helen received the wheelchair to free her and her family from the burden of cerebral palsy, we have been freed from the bondage of sin.

    2. The Herbal Medicine

    That old lady that has been healed by Magnifico’s herbal medicine should have informed Magnifico’s family  that Magnifico’s herbal medicine has healed her. This could help the family start a new business to augment their income. If you can remember, Magnifico ask his grandmother to teach him how to make that herbal medicine to heal sore throat, so it’s the grandmother who knew the correct solution for that herbal medicine. If people knew about how effective it was, they would not suffer buying expensive medicines. And of course, this would help Magnifico’s family as this could be a source of another income.





     Christian Implication:

    Jesus is our Healer, and by healer we don’t limit him as physical healer. He healed us not only from our physical aspect, but also our spiritual and emotional aspect. We too can heal somebody. We all have the capability to heal somebody by just tapping them at the back, by giving compliments or by showing our priceless smile. That’s what Christ would like us to do. He wants us healed, and he wants us heal others. So let's share the healing that Christ's left as a legacy for all of us.

    3. The Rubik’s cube

    At the end of the story, Magnifico’s father found out that his son was able to solve the rubik’s cube. Now, I think this part is impossible. Magnifico’s father said he tried to solve the puzzle for almost one year but could barely able to do that. We know that solving a rubiks cube requires pattern and if you could not follow the pattern, you could not solve it. Now, how did Magnifico learn that pattern? It would be good if Magnifico solved the rubiks cube by painting it. Since he used paints to decorate his grandmother’s coffin, that element could have been used. This is to signify that some problems could be difficult to solve as we don’t know how to solve it, but there are some alternatives. Not all problems can be solved by conventional patterns, and I believe this is exactly the whole theme of the story.
     

    Christian Implication: 

    Magnifico did not only solve the rubik’s cube, but he solved the problem of his family. And not only his family, but the community. Christ died on the cross to do the same mission. That is to free us from the problem, and that problem is sin. He freed us from sin, he solved the problem of the world.

    Nevertheless, Magnifico is must-watched movie. You can realize, learn and value life. I hope we can make more movies like this.

    27 comments:

    1. Nice comparison of the Magnifico scenes to Jesus' life. I was deeply touched and move by it.

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    2. Hmmm.. I think I should start looking for a torrent now.. hehe.. thanks for sharing.

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    3. Magnifico, the first time I saw this movie, I really cried :D the movie is very realistic and Jiro portrays well :D

      Herbert

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    4. yeah, and I watched this for how many times already....

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    5. great movie and great movie review you made here...

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    6. that was a great review, i will look for this film and watch it too

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    7. great write up! It's a good thing I came by your blog since I have lost touch with what's new in pinoy cinema. The rubik's cube part is fun - should he have painted it lol, I hope my kids won't attempt that. (it's solved with algorithms, my 5-yo can finish 1 phase, my 8 yo finishes 1 phase and 2 lines of 4 phases...)

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    8. Actually, this movie is not new anymore....this movie is way back 2003 pa..and yeah, the rubik's cube part is just part of my wild imagination...hehehee

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    9. i haven't solve that rubic cube yet.Good review .I enjoyed reading it .And you are right about the herbal medicine thing .It is frustrating to see that the family being poor never knew about it,that would be a big help for them

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    10. Symbolisms in movies are always funny. I haven't seen this one yet though.

      Really it was released in 2003?

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    11. yes...you missed something if you haven't watched this yet...for me, this is the most amazing pinoy movie ever

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    12. This movie made me cry. You have good points especially that part about the wheelchair. About the Rubik's cube, I guess he was able to solve the pattern for he is Magnifico, magnificent. =)

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    13. this is the most wonderful pinoy movie. It really mde me cry over and over again. The actors are very well!

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    14. This movie has a lot of symbolism. I like your comparison. It really makes sense. This is the movie too where Jiro Manio became the youngest Best Actor in the Philippines. :)

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    15. i cried when i watched this. jiro manio is really talented.

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    16. I cry a lot watching this film

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    17. One classic heart-warming local movie!
      Jiro did well on this one.

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    18. I don't think I have seen this movie yet. I beg to disagree with the Rubik's cube, though. Yes, it takes a pattern to follow for most but it can also be solved by using pure logic. I have tried solving up to two layers without any guide but logic. I still have not thought about how to solve the last layer, though. Besides, the patters came about because of logic too that involves cause and effect.

      c5 @ http://paanoba.info

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    19. I haven't seen Magnifico. Will check that out if I have time.

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    20. I've watched Magnifico many times. There are scenes that i cried. This movie is one of the best Filipino films in years, a great magnificent movie. It gives a turning point in people's life. Very touching.

      Happy to read this post. You really have a very nice review! :)

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    21. This is a nice review, i've seen it to many times!

      My recent post Spoliarium

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    22. haven't seen this one. we do have a lot of Indie film makers who deserve support. i particularly like how Indie filmmakers portray Pinoy real life issues.

      we do keep our own perspectives when we watch films. this is a unique way of looking at objects and their symbolism. wish i could watch this.

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    23. I haven't watched the movie yet but I've heard about the reviews, especially from the learning values standpoint. Interesting how you dissected the the movie with its Christian implications. This is going to bug me for a while, LoL. Now I gotta see the movie! Mapanood nga sa Christmas holidays. :D

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    24. Panoorin nyo guys...sobrang ganda ng message ng movie na 'to..thanks for all your comments.

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    26. There was a scene that Albert Martinez throw the Rubik's Cube and It did breaks.. your analysis about was wrong.. it did not shown, but it might reassembled by Magnifico, and that's the Director and the Writer(s) spectacle.

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    27. what is the theme of the movie? needed ASAP thanks

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