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.

Body

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.

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Because I Watched It Again: ‘Camp Sawi’ Full Movie

Found myself watching it again (first time was last full show, first day of showing in Megamall) and for some reason liked it more! Twice the crying and laughing… I ended up looking like a crazy person with tissues in my hand, but smiling.

It’s really different when you watch a movie alone. Maybe I didn’t appreciate it as much before, as my companion was a woman whose love life isn’t that dramatic, hehe. So, if you’re a girl who REALLY went through the motions of a breakup… with that person you wanted so much, this movie is for you!

Also, the cinematography was superb! Showcasing the beautiful Bantayan Island in Cebu. I’d definitely go there! Doesn’t matter if friends would join me or I’ll go alone.

I didn’t relate to a particular character, yet all their pain were familiar. I cried a lot! (Especially on that Bella Padilla-Dennis Trillo closure scene huhu!!) What I like the most were the scenes that were supposed to be dramatic, but would make you smile instead. I don’t know… maybe because the script was so real, so raw!
The actresses did a great job of portraying different types of women taking pain on their own terms. I love them all! Despite the diversity, though, the characters were like sisters who respected each other’s pain and hoped for each other’s restoration.

Such a great message, right? A recovery movie with a twist. Watch it!!! 

Movie Review | I’m Drunk, I Love You

I’m Drunk, I Love You will put me to bed and lull me to sleep tonight, smiling.

Saw the trailer during the MMFF season and I knew right then I would watch it. I was right, although Paulo Avelino and Maja Salvador are mainstream, the story is not. Yet highly relatable.

Seen it 3 hours ago and I can’t remember the first scene, really. Maybe because what will stick with you is the development of the story, the characters, the ending. The open-ending that is effortlessly nakakakilig for me. Isn’t exactly a happy ending, but it was just right. You wouldn’t want it any other way.

How I hope Filipino romantic movie makers – specifically – would all learn how to do that kind of ending. Not the usual love wins, the predictable resolve, as such ruins the entire thing. Viewers should be given the room to finish off the story in their own heads, whichever way they like it.

Back to the movie, the Paulo-Maja tandem really works for me. They play the characters well and their acting skills make them believable as UP college students. No cheesy-ness, just pure chemistry.

You’ll love Maja’s character, Carson. You’ll smile with her, cry with her, laugh with her, and love with her. Carson was stupid, but you’ll understand why she never learned. At one point or another, we were all her.

And Paulo was the perfect Dio. (I lost my breath in the bagong ligo scene btw. Huehue) While Jason Ty is the lovable gay bestfriend we all once dreamed to have.

I wasn’t really wasak, but I understand why the rest of the guys who have seen it were. Maybe I would if I am a college student, but I’m not. Add also the fact I studied in Miriam and I didn’t go out of the campus often.

IDILY didn’t need much dialog and drama to be emotional. I’ll give it 4 stars and recommend to those, at the moment, struggling with unresolved feelings and the need to let go. It’s like the movie is talking to you, and listening to you also!

Cool. Funny. Tagos sa heart! Watch it!

Review | Ang Kwento Nating Dalawa

I wanted to see this movie when I learned the lead female character is a writer. Even more when I figured, it was a problematic love story with an older guy. I was yearning for hugots, like when I was so eager to see ‘Camp Sawi’ last August.

Expecting myself to cry all throughout the movie, I prepared enough tissues for me and my friend. She helped me asked for them when we ordered pizza and milk tea. Lol.

I don’t want to be a movie spoiler, so I won’t get into details and discuss the scenes. But, they are so few, you can count them on your fingers (okay, including your feet). I realized I’m not a fan of slow transitions.

However, I liked that it comes from the perspective of a guy. I’ve always wanted to understand what they think of relationships and how do they deal if it didn’t work. Especially that Sam (lead male) in this story isn’t a playboy, but the type that falls hard and is upright, being a professor.

This makes the movie a direct opposite of ‘Camp Sawi’, which is all about emotional women. What gave me the feels in this film are the background songs. Just that.

I’d say, maybe you’ll like it if you’re a guy, a fan of art films, or a professor in love with his student. But, if you’re a 25-year old woman like me who’s going through the motions of a breakup and is looking for a movie that ‘understands,’ this isn’t it.

I’ll give it a 3 out of 5 because the ending isn’t mainstream and it made clear that some people are just not meant to be. 

(But why would fate reward you with a chance and make you two meant to be if you didn’t fight for it, right? Maybe you didn’t really love the person. Maybe you’re looking for something else.. or someone else. Maybe you’re just lazy, so you use “It didn’t work” as an excuse. Boom.)

There you go. Bye.