Cinemalaya Drama Suspense Thriller Uncategorized

CINEMALAYA 2019 | MOVIE REVIEW: F#*@bois (Fuccbois)

Time to get F@*#ED! Here’s my review of Eduardo Roy Jr.’s ‘Fuccbois’ (stylized as F#*@bois)

Fuccbois tells the story of Ace and Miko, two male bikini pageant contestants sharing the same dream: to become famous actors in the future. That dream is suddenly upended when they accidentally do something they never thought they would do.

The premise is quite promising. There’s a lot of baggage to unpack here, but we’re given just enough to understand what’s going on. The story is kept tight, thanks to the smart writing and overall pace of the film. The first half seemed kinda slow for me, as it focuses more on the male bikini pageant industry, and what goes on in these shows. It’s fine and all, but it takes some times for the story to get into action.

With that being said, when it gets to the action, it never really stops. Every scene gets more thrilling and heart-stopping as the story progresses. I’d like to describe this film as two boys slowly digging up their own grave. I hope I didn’t spoil anything yet, as this film is best viewed without any background knowledge of the story whatsoever.

For newbies in the industry, the two leads, Royce Cabrera and Kokoy De Santos, are game enough for everything the story throws at them. In their most daring scenes, they bravely give their all and deliver what is needed. Ricky Davao is perfect in his role, really imbibing what his role is all about. He gets as wild as he could possibly get. Yayo Aguila gets a cameo role, but it’s really just her kissing her boytoy for a good minute or so.

The film looks great, it’s got a certain gloss to it that elevates the film and makes it more visually appealing. The scoring, or the lack thereof, is a perfect accompaniment to the tension-filled scenes, letting us feel the moment without any background noises distract us. It’s loud when it needs to be, and it gets shockingly quiet in its most jarring moments.

Fuccbois provides just enough to satisfy the audience. It may start slow, when it gets into the rhythm, there’s no turning back. It’s a different experience from Eduardo Roy Jr’s previous films, but it still stays close enough to his roots.

My Rating: 8/10

Here’s the full trailer for ‘F#*@bois’:

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