If you're like most guys—and seeing as you're on this site, you probably are—then the closest you have come to vaguely enjoying a musical were those little interludes in Disney movies. Even then, you'd most likely prefer replaying that Lion King stampede scene than seeing Alladin sing "A Whole New World" again.
But here's a movie that might just change your apathy towards tune-driven theater: I Do Bi Doo Bi Doo. The film is Unitel Productions head honcho, Tony Gloria's dream project—a project that at its core pays tribute to the generation-defining music of the APO Hiking Society. The film has been garnering raves from critics, for having successfully translated APO's body of work into a film that won't have you dozing off as most movies of this kind are wont to do. Some are even considering it as the best local film of the year. How about that?
So here's what else that's working in its favor, in case you need more hints as to why this shouldn't be missed.
It's not a musical, it's a movie-oke
What makes a movie a musical? When you see bystanders suddenly dropping whatever it is bystanders do to fall into neatly choreographed sing-and-dance formations, that usually seals the deal. We're sure you have a good idea. This film does that, even brilliantly hitting the spot a huge chunk of the time, say the critics.
But what separates I Do from most other movie musicals is that a Pinoy could easily sing along to its songs with heart. We love movies, and we love singing. So why not marry the two together? Well this movie certainly does, if the singing/mumbling of the audience were any indication. You know what would be awesome though? If the whole cinema house didn't just whisper to themselves and instead broke into a full sing-and-dance number. Meta!
It's a movie-oke set to APO Hiking Society
We already said it, didn't we? APO's music is generation-defining. Their songs pinned down the hopes, aspirations, and fears of our dads and moms back in the day. Their hits are also timeless. Up until now we can't help but still be drawn to the longing in "Panalangin"; "Pumapatak Na Naman Ang Ulan" is still a top-of-head song, or near it at least, whenever the rain falls; and the jaded I-don't-want-to-love-anymore "Tuyo Nang Damdamin" never fails to remind us that this "emo" thing actually existed way before emo-bangs did.
So what are we trying to say? APO's appeal is—big-word-alert—transcendental. And we owe it to ourselves to see something that's been a huge part of our culture. Besides, the cast, which features real-life singers Ogie Alcasid, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Gary Valenciano, and young'ins Sam Concepcion and Tippy Dos Santos, absolutely do a fine job in their renditions.
Director Chris Martinez gets everyone in sync
Chris Martinez of Kimmy Dora and Babae Sa Septic Tank fame already did a musical. Well, sort of. Babae Sa Septic Tank is a film-within-a-film film that explored different treatments for one film, one of those treatments being a musical. Martinez seems like he enjoys this kind of thing, and not in a snooty way. He's just having fun with it, and it shows in I Do.