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Jose Rizal: Movie Analysis

Jose Rizal is a film produced in honor of the national hero of the Philippines, Dr. Jose P. Rizal. It incorporates scenes from his two most popular novels, the Noli Me Tangere and the El Filibusterismo, which have gained widespread recognition throughout the country and beyond borders.

The film is an excellent portrayal of what the Filipino heroes went through for their love for the country. The insertion of scenes from Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo also helps to remind the audience how Dr. Jose Rizal assimilated the events of his own life to those of his characters. As a man he was honorable; he showed the values of honesty, integrity, faithfulness, and perseverance, among others. As a Filipino he used these values for the good of the country. He made considerable efforts to strike a balance between the Spanish and the Filipino people, unhindered by the fact that by doing so he would be putting his own life in danger. Jose Rizal’s example of patriotism will not be forgotten, and modern-day Filipinos would do well to emulate his brave acts in their own little ways.

After watching the film one will learn to appreciate more how the Filipino heroes battled the Spaniards for the sake of truth and freedom, and how they learned to unite to achieve a mutual goal. One will also learn that great care should be exercised when planning a revolution; good judgment instead of rash decisions should be made. One will also notice that Jose Rizal addresses issues in his novels that continue to be true and applicable at the present day. The incorporation of his two great books in the academe would not only harbor appreciation but would also open the eyes of the Filipinos, especially the youth.

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