8.03.2008

A Surprisingly Special Love… Indeed

Sun dance is not anymore an Ancient ritual

Every local film pitched with a romantic theme will never escape this harsh pre-judgment; it is a copycat, baduy or trashy. As the saying goes, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” But in reality, not all of us are critics, who have a lot of time in their hands to check out this “chick flick” to reassure the relevance of this adage.

A Very Special Love is a romantic comedy film produced by Star Cinema, directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina and written by Raz dela Torre. The story is about a moody Editor-in-chief Miggy Montenegro who is in the verge of losing his staff as well as his men’s magazine, Bachelor. Laida, a naïve young girl, applies as an Editorial Assistant hoping to be close with the man she dreams of every night. The plot is fairly identifiable to the movie The Devil Wears Prada wherein a recent college graduate gets a job as an assistant to a powerful magazine editor. But this time, it is a love story. Although originality in the story is not a strong quality nevertheless the basic necessities of a Romantic Comedy were all addressed.

Geronimo’s performance in particular was quite a revelation. From her quirky antics, and humorous lines, to her on-screen charisma, the audience can’t stop laughing and crying and giggling and laughing again, a metaphoric state just like the theme, Love. On the other note, Cruz’s character was made complex and was wisely portrayed. He plays a not-so-likeable character you will despise at first sight. But as the film thoroughly progress, you will sympathize with him and be captivated with his charisma. I don’t want to elaborate any further as to how his character was layered as this might reveal the twists.

The probably advantage in having Star Cinema produce a film is the technical quality will not be compromised. Although I have qualms in certain dialogue scenes that were dubbed and its live recording needs to be improved. Too much musical scoring is what I loath in most mainstream local films. Moderation might ultimately be the cure.

Romantic comedy films are movies with light-hearted, humorous plotlines, centered on romantic ideals such as true love being able to surmount most obstacles. This is what this film offers. It is simple in definition, but hard to attain. It is a rare treat to watch a film in this genre and be able to say in the end, it was pleasing… and funny indeed.

Charlie Koon's Rating:
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See also my review of: You Changed My Life

4 comments:

thebaklareview said...

nice. i love the trivia! haha

Charlie Koon said...

thanks! i'll try to have more trivias in my future reviews :)

rzfdtwr said...

Thanks for dropping the screenwright's name. And for the considerably prudent review :)

Charlie Koon said...

hi raz! congratz! its worth mentioning. and i know the feeling that sometimes, screenwriters are not given proper credits for their work. :) keep it up.

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