2018

Kasal

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FILM INFO

Kasal is a story about Lia who began questioning her decision to marry an eligible bachelor in Cebu and a Mayoral candidate, Philip, after her ex-boyfriend Wado came back into her life. This movie is directed by Ruel Bayani under Star Cinema.

Casts: Bea Alonzo, Derek Ramsay, Paulo Avelino, Christopher de Leon, Cherie Gil, Vin Abrenica, Kylie Verzosa, Cai Cortez & Victor Silayan.

Genre: Drama, Romance

WHAT I LIKE?

“KASAL” started off on a clean slate exploring the idea of two lovely couples deciding to get married. What is interesting about the plot development is the involvement of Politics in the story that somehow made it dynamic in terms of execution. The plot begins to thicken when Wado came into the picture. From thereon, the story begins to unfold along with its intriguing and controversial hints. Don’t worry – I won’t spoil it here. Kasal is definitely a Star Cinema masterpiece given the fact the Cinematography and sound design is impressive. Moreover, majority of the scenes were shot in Cebu City and a little bit 10% of the characters’ dialogues are in the local tongue. This approach made a little impact to me being a proud “Bisaya”. I loved that they have utilized major tourist spots and economic hubs in Cebu for majority of their scenes. Plot-wise, the build towards the turnaround and climax was spot on. I loved how the first half of the scenes didn’t give any hints before the twist was revealed. What I like about KASAL is the issues being tackled not only about Politics but more of about love, acceptance and respect. Dialogues are heartfelt and are very emotionally-engaging. The movie gave us a new perspective of the kind of love we truly deserve. Not spoiling the twist though – the movie became sensitive to some of the sensible issues nowadays. Acting-wise, I must say that it is worth every cent of your cinema ticket. Bea Alonzo is so beautiful and very sexy in the film. She is just a glowing ray of sunshine on screen not mentioning her ever impressive and award-winning performance. Paulo Avelino was also at his best in the film. Given the demand of his role, his acting was so raw and captivating. Derek Ramsay was also a good lead in the movie. With the presence of some veteran actors such as Christopher de Leon and Cherie Gil, Kasal has already exceeded my expectations in the first place. Kasal is good for mature audiences as it gives an eye-opener about love and respect.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Some of the Bisaya words in the dialogues are not appropriate but I am glad that they shot this in Cebu City.

RATINGS:

9/10 Popcorn.

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2017

All of You

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FILM INFO

Gab and Gabby, two individuals who have strong opposing views on love and marriage, fall in love and agree to be in a committed relationship. As they hit their 3-year mark, the couple find themselves back to where they started as they asked themselves where their relationship is headed. All of You is directed by Dan Villegas under MJM Productions and Quantum Films.

Casts: Jennylyn Mercado, Derek Ramsay, Sam Milby, Solenn Heussaff, Yayo Aguila, Kean Cipriano, Nico Antonio, Enzo Marcos, Via Antonio, Hannah Ledesma, Kelvin Yu

Genre: Romance, Comedy

WHAT I LIKE?

All of You is a movie that has raw emotions and intentions to its target audience. From the beginning, it is true to its intention to show a glimpse of a normal relationship and the struggles of the couple through simple yet striking scenes all throughout the movie. Moreover, the film will show the two sides of the coin for the audience to see different perspectives from each of the gender involved. All of You is a good mixture of Romance, Comedy and Drama geared towards a more direct approach in conflict setting. What I like about the movie is how the Director played well on conversations and pure emotions to convey pain and even happiness of the characters. The plot is simple however the moral lesson the movie is trying to impart is indeed deep and relevant. At some point, I can put my shoes to either Gab or  Gabby as they have presented well the demand of the conflict material. Overall, the movie is not suitable for younger audiences due to mature topics. Acting-wise, I am satisfied as usual with the Derek and Jennylyn tandem. Derek was the perfect fit for the role. He is just a great charmer and good actor as well. Jennylyn, on the other hand, was still at her best form. She was just natural and beautiful to watch on the big screen. What I like about All of You is the fact that it is a big improvement from all other Dan Villegas movies in the past.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE?

Lowering your expectations for All of You might help you a bit. I didn’t fully like the ending though. Regardless of these forgivable flaws, I must say that All of You is still a good flick to watch this MMFF 2017!

RATINGS:

8/10 Popcorns.

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