Another adaptation of Mars Ravelo's colorful superhero. Captain Barbell has the human form of Enteng. One day Enteng received a mysterious barbell given by a hermit after he saved his life.... See full summary »
Another adaptation of Mars Ravelo's colorful superhero. Captain Barbell has the human form of Enteng. One day Enteng received a mysterious barbell given by a hermit after he saved his life. Not knowing that the barbell can give Enteng's alter-ego Captain Barbell, a hero for the poor and mistreated people. Also in the cast is Enteng's dream girl Cielo, an elementary music teacher who's in love to Captain Barbell. With Captain Barbell's arch-enemies Lagablab, Freezy and Dagampat. The movie tells about the bravery, respect and love. Written by
Before I saw this film, I had never heard of Captain Barbell and I had no idea that there were other films or TV shows about him. I know nothing about him--just what I saw in this movie. And, aside from this film, I've only seen about a dozen Philippine movies. For these reasons, I might not be the best person to review this film. But, for the average Filipino who has NOT seen or heard of Barbell, perhaps this review would be more useful.
The characters in this film appear to be ripoffs of American superheroes. For example, Captain Barbell (which rhymes with 'Marvel') is in reality a wimpy guy who becomes the hero when he picks up a magic barbell--almost like wimpy American Billy Batson saying 'Shazam' to become the caped hero. And, there is even a small portion of the film where knockoffs of Plastic Man and Wonder Woman make brief appearances! However, what is really different are the villains. To some extent, they are all pretty pathetic. However, the Rat Guy--that one was such a sad character that I though my wife would burst into tears when he appeared.
Now all this is NOT to say that the film is that good or that it is in any way comparable to the originals. You'll never mistake them for these classic characters--mostly because the special effects are, compared to a Hollywood film, pretty laughable. BUT, at the same time, there is a goofy likability to the film. So, no matter how cheesy it all seems, you still have a good time watching. Brilliant? No...but very enjoyable.
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