Ulan is a sensory experience.
Ulan is a movie for the thinking audience. If you end up getting confused in the end, you don't deserve this movie. I've read somewhere about an artist saying "I hate explaining art".
ULAN is AN EXPERIENCE. Strangely beautiful. This is such a mind-boggling. thought-provoking film. It's very progressive, very daring and unconventional. Ang fresh ng idea at malalim. Definitely not for the BOBO at di nakakaintindi ng symbolisms at mababaw lang ang hanap sa sine. This film is best appreciated by those who are open to fresh and bold ideas. My best part of the movie is the ending...so heartwarming. It made me cry-- both sad and happy tears. You'll feel both pain and joy. It's devastating and uplifting at the same time. And the music...just perfect for that final scene. I couldn't stop raving about this film because I've never seen anything like this. I'm just so proud to have experienced such one-of-a-kind local film.
The film could've been better. There were so many gray areas and the plot was confusing since they focused on so many angles then just ended, leaving the audience wondering what they were about.
What the f is this ? The movie takes its sweet time establishing that the main character is so unlucky in love. Wow ain’t that original. And she’s unlucky till the end. Those flashbacks to her childhood don’t help make the movie profound. They make it look pretentious.
Ulan is a film everybody should watch, but not everyone deserves this masterpiece. If you don't dig deep, all you'll get is what the movie is already presenting. You won't see its real beauty; the depth of this film will be beyond you.
Everything in this film was well-thought-out. Everything was in their right place - from beginning till the end! Every scene was made to tell you something. Even the "adobo" has its own meaning. This film is art.
The story of the movie, in itself, needs more creativity and focus. The ending was somewhat an artistic shortcut where it tries to solicit strong emotions from the viewers in order for them to feel the impact of the whole story. And after watching the movie, one might end up wondering whether it was really a love story or just a clash of philosophies or concepts. But that being said, the artistic portrayal was nothing short of genius. The important settings in the movie were filled with clashing concepts – urban life against rural life, superstitions against religion, work against volunteerism, past against present, etc. How the movie was able to use these clashing concepts as momentum or rising actions for the important scenes in the movie was worth noting. Such style of storytelling is which separates the film from the rest of the modern movies of love.
Watching the movie had similar vibes with reading Nick Joaquin stories. And while magic realism as a style is not uncommon today, the movie seemed to have utilized it perfectly for depicting “ulan” (rain) and its significance and impact in the Filipino culture. The challenge for the movie was how it could properly associate these Filipino concepts of “ulan” with a modern day love story where people could appreciate. And I think at this part, the movie failed to properly deliver.
Nonetheless, for those who appreciate a more artistic storytelling, this is movie is definitely worth watching.
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