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Movieoke…anyone?


The term movieoke used by the producers of I Do Bidoo Bidoo: Heto NAPO Sila might not land as a new entry in our lexicon. Why not? Coined to harness and give new meaning to Filipinos’ passion for music and singing, the movie is not a new genre at all, it is simply, by technical definition, a musical film or a musical comedy to be exact.

Perhaps it’s a strategy to stir public interest but based on box office returns the musical comedy earned an unimpressive P5 million on its first week. Will it be able to recoup or breakeven against its 30-million-peso production budget? We’ll see, but in the meantime let’s begin with the story.

A musical movie doesn’t need a complicated plot, and that’s what Chris Martinez did. He penned a story ala Romeo and Juliet, only their affair leads to a happy ending.

Rock Polotan (Sam Concepcion) and Tracy Fuentebella (Tippy Dos Santos) are teenage sweethearts who want to get married but their parents get in the way even if Tracy is pregnant. Rock decides to ask Tracy to elope. Even before both of their parents can report them as missing, the young lovers sent them an MMS of their photo together. The two get married in a civil ceremony sans parental consent (in real life, that’s not allowed).

In a span of two hours, the cast sing and break into a flash mob. Although a song or two are seem to be included to stretch the story, more than half of the songs they chose to connect the narratives are just right.

If your’re akeen observer, you would notice that the transition of the actors from just talking to suddenly singing is not smooth. It’s apparent in the very first scene when Ogie Alcasid sings the first verse of “Doo Bidoo Bidoo.”

While the production design is dazzling and creates a great ambiance that clearly demarcates the personality and social status of the lead actors. Yet, Martinez should explain the chapel (where Rock and Tracy are supposed to get married) that is dusty and dominated with cobwebs despite it’s location adjacent to a well-maintained mansion? It may be for visual purposes but if talking about visuals, the movie has a lot to refurbish to receive a commendation in this department. There are times that the actors are poorly lit that it is not flattering when the camera zooms in and focuses for close ups. Martinez was not bothered much even Sam looks like he badly needs a facial or Zsa Zsa Padilla, who plays Tracy’s mother, resembles a kabuki player.

Everyone is perfect, even if Eugene Domingo does not possess the same vocal quality as her co-stars. Her presence on the screen is overwhelming and commands a round of applause. Sam Concepcion is in his element doing what he does best—singing and dancing. We can’t even think of a better alternative. Other main cast like Gary V, Zsa Zsa Padilla andOgie Alcasid portray their character with ease. But the trouble of appearing too natural, people see them as the same person in Asap or Party Pilipinas. Nonetheless, they added color to the entire film. The supporting cast, specifically Neil Coleta, who plays as Sam’s best buddy, is a big revelation. He may not be the best singer in the movie but he is one of the characters you will remember when you leave the movie house, which is the opposite of Tippy Dos Santos. She may have won the heart of the casting director because she registers beautifully on the screen, but the audiences forget her the moment they leave the movie house.

Generally, I Do Bidoo Bidoo is a good movie but not something that will make you jump up and down. Needless to say, the comedy musical has paved the way for more bold moves for production houses. For one, Unitel Production and Studio 5 have explored the genre rarely touched by big production outfits, just cut the crap about the movieoke thing. See what happened to the highly budgeted 2010 movie musical Emir? It is indeed a big risk. Additionally, I Do Bidoo Bidoo is a very much Filipino film. One can even use the movie as a starting point to introduce someone to Filipino music as it pays tribute to OPM and to the great music of the APO Hiking Society.

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