Movie Review | ‘Meet Me In St. Gallen’

“Siguro tumanda rin ako. Kumalma yung puso.” -Celeste

I’ll be honest. After seeing ‘Last Night’ and ‘Mr. and Mrs. Cruz,’ I’ve lowered my expectations from productions by Spring Films. As much as I can, I only feature movies that I liked here on my site.

Seeing the trailer of ‘Meet Me In St. Gallen,’ I knew right away I was going to ask my friends to see it with me. I like Bella, I like Carlo (since I was 10!), and the story looked fun – by fun I mean not mainstream, with realistic characters, and unpredictable ending.

Instead of spoiling with my reactions to each part, let me discuss 10 truths about love depicted in this movie:

1) Your greatest love comes when you’re not looking for it. That’s why it feels like magic. You didn’t ask for it and you were defenseless. You thought you can live without it and be awesome by yourself. Suddenly though, you feel the other person makes it all better, brighter, and becomes your sunshine, your only sunshine.

2) There is a young type of love. This could be your first love, your first try, first risk, and first real kilig. You had to deal with everything first hand and the only knowledge you have are what you’ve seen in movies and read on print. This is the ideal love, which feels like a gift from the universe. All you know is it makes you smile.

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3) And a mature type of course. I can say it truly does come with age. As you grow older, you realize there are more important things than love and decide that you need a partner, not just a lover. This person has to have the same priorities with you or at least willing to modify theirs according to yours. You can count on this love to be smart, but not groundbreaking.

4) Women fall in love with words. Celeste and Jesse met only three times. In their first meeting though, Celeste fell in love with Jesse right away because of the conversations they had. Jesse seemed deep – his idea of life is rooted in his high regard for love, passion, and honesty. It is difficult for women to meet guy, not to mention a good looking one, who would want to discuss those things with them in a coffee shop.

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5) Most men don’t understand what ‘cheating’ is. Or they just deny it and find it easy to brush off the guilt. I actually admire those men for this ability. Maybe they think they are good guys because they stay with the same girl. But we all know cheating is entertaining another girl in your life (even if she’s an old friend), making memories with her, and talking to her like the ‘friendship’ doesn’t have to end.

6) It is more difficult to forget for women than men. In the film, Celeste had kept a special place for Jesse in her heart and mind for four years, after spending just one special night with him. The moment, emotions, and everything she liked about the guy lingered. Whereas, Jesse didn’t even try to find Celeste on social media, had a fiance, and claimed to forget their kiss after a while. If they didn’t meet for a second time, Jesse would have forgotten and let go of Celeste for good.

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7) Men cannot make decisions right away. When Jesse saw Celeste again after a few years, he couldn’t be firm he would just be Facebook friends with her. He couldn’t decide between being a committed guy and being Celeste’s dream guy. He had to see it first, try it first, feel it first. This is being selfish, as it is saying, “let me do these things, then we will see.”

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8) Most people believe in destiny, but at the same time think they’re in control. This is my favorite discussion between the characters. I couldn’t agree more. Especially when it is about matters of the heart when you have to make a choice. You do make one, but wonder “What if I said it?” or “What if I did this?” like you can really figure it out in the actual situation.

9) It could take long for women to forget, but this doesn’t mean they’re waiting for the guy to come back. Men might be thinking otherwise. When a relationship ends, the girl could be thinking of the guy a lot, but deep inside she is embracing the idea that it ended for the best. She is starting to realize he wouldn’t have let her go in the first place if he is the right one. Women don’t wait, just taking their time to be fully fit for the next relationship.

10) In the end, men have more regrets than women. This could be due to their inability to decide right away, thinking they have enough time and that women can wait. Most men think they can undo things or people can adjust to them once they make up their mind. Well, we can blame the women also for the idea that they give more chances to people than they have to. But really, men regret things because they tend to always choose easy, comfortable, and convenient, diregarding the consequences.

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My apologies for spoiling! Anyway, you still have to see the movie to see if my points are valid. You have to fall in love with Jesse and admire Celeste the same way I and my friends did. You may find yourself tweeting a lot because of the sensible script and funny exchanges. The characters are real people who make mistakes, right and wrong choices, in attempt to understand how life works.

My Rating: 4.3 out of 5!

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Movie Review | ‘Last Night’

I have never laughed so hard while watching a movie, until this. I and my friend were laughing like it was the last night of our lives because we didn’t understand what was happening.

Have you seen the trailer? What are your thoughts? Did you have a clue on what the movie is about? Well, I bet you didn’t. I thought I was going to figure out the story after seeing it, but still, no.

Expectation Vs. Reality

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I expected a Piolo-level dramatic movie, some ala ‘Starting Over Again’ hugot, sakit-sa-puso love story, and of course, something fresh and remarkable like ‘Kita Kita.’ Well… I didn’t know. Not much reviews about it, and, now I understand why.

Intro

Fifteen minutes and I’m still not engaged. I was trying to connect with the characters, enjoy the exchange of lines, and it felt like work. For fifteen minutes I was convincing myself this movie is something. That it was worth my money.

It was different with ‘Kita Kita.’ The latter gets exciting minute by minute and I wasn’t forcing myself to laugh. I also loved the lead female character played by Alessandra, unlike this one. It was like Toni was trying to be Kdrama-cute. So unnatural for her 29 year-old character.

Piolo, on the other hand, did his best as usual. His acting was convincing he has a big problem that he wanted to die, yet for some reason, I didn’t think his story was sad enough. I didn’t feel heavy after listening to (his character) Mark’s story.

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After the first fifteen minutes, I kept on convincing myself the plot would develop into something, “Wait lang kasi, may twist ‘yan.”  I was giving it a chance and trying my best to imagine myself in the characters’ situation, but failed. I cannot be Mark and I’m still guessing Toni’s story.

Until it became romantic, or should I say, cheesy. I am not a fan of instant attraction love stories. I always want to know how it developed, so I can hugot later on. To add, I don’t remember any tweet-worthy line, painful scene, whatsoever.

And yes, an hour later I still don’t like Carmina (Toni’s character). Maybe because they tried so hard to make her mysterious, and positive and light at the same time. I was confused, not curious. Until Mark asked why she doesn’t change her dress and I had the idea who she is, or what she is.

Ending

The story behind Carmina began to unfold and to my disappointment, I guessed it right. But what truly turned me off is they explained it too much, like no audience would have known it will happen. Worse, after they revealed the twist, they extended the story with unnecessary details and scenes.

Well, I’m not perfect. I just have a degree in Communications Arts and not Film. But, I can say I’m quite easy to please when it comes to movies. I’d even go for entertaining than smart most of the time. This movie, though, it failed in the one thing I look for in a film – good script. The lines were corny.

“Parang nakita ko na rin naman ang langit sa mga mata mo.”

“Pang-ilan na ‘kong ginago mo?!”

“Bakit mo pinaramdam sa’kin ‘yun?”

Would you have this conversation with a gh***? Seriously?! Huhu so sorry for spoiling, I just can’t.

Conclusion

I love Spring Films. I love Bb. Joyce Bernal. I love Piolo Pascual and Toni Gonzaga. I just don’t dig this movie. I appreciate the effort to again, experiment with an unusual plot, but they really failed in ending it. All the songs are also good. In fact, so good that the movie doesn’t deserve it anymore.

Do I want my money back? Yes.

Yes, I Watched ‘How To Be Single’ Just Now

I saw the trailer last year, heard ‘Worth It’ by Fifth Harmony, and I knew immediately it is my type of movie! It’s just that I just was too absorbed in being in a relationship in 2016. Lol

Shame on me for seeing it just now!!

I love Rebel Wilson. I love Anastasia Steele… I mean, Dakota Johnson. They make the perfect bestfriends! Rebel is crazy and fly, while Dakota looks like a serious, deep, hopeless romantic. They played their roles well – one character to teach the other how to be single.


It was funny. The kind of funny that would make you replay some scenes to laugh at it again and again. The acting was superb. The script was smart and real.. also a bit deep, surprisingly. You wouldn’t know the movie would leave you with some realizations as it ends.

I don’t remember seeing any GOOD coming-of-age movie after ‘Love, Rosie’ until this. It tackled the chaos of being a 20-something struggling to have a good life, love life, and career without being corny.

Well, I know my life right now couldn’t be as wild as those living in New York, but still, I did relate to the characters – that’s why I liked it so much!!

But, did it teach me how to be single? Hmmm. I think it made me realize how I want to be single.

I recommend it to women my age. To the single.. and not so single! Even… I mean, ESPECIALLY to those who want to be single!!