Quick Take: Respeto

A struggling hiphop rapper encounters a retired poet at the height of the war on drugs and the advent of Marcos’ burial.

While it touches on themes tackled in Dagsin and presents an aesthetic similar to Pamilya Ordinaryo, Respeto stands out for showcasing of epic rap battles. This translates to great sound mixing and a touching original song that are sure to win come Sunday.

Moreover, the meeting of Hendrix and Doc signify that although raps replaced balagtasan — and Duterte replaced Marcos — nothing actually changed. History repeats itself in ironic ways. Viewers might get frustrated by the apathy of both leads, but it’s an effective way to call for action.

Abra seems posed to reap accolades and Dido dela Paz has some touching moments, but some other cast members act amateurish, which distracts from the overall experience.

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