Starring Coco Martin, Toni Gonzaga
It all feels very loose, stretching the paper-thin story too long. It also feels rushed, as it was only made within a month, and it shows in terms of editing. The film is directed by Antoinette Jadaone, who directed That Thing Called Tadhana, and it’s pretty obvious that this film has the “Jadaone touch”, emphasizing the small gestures and actions between the main leads, although they give it all up after the Batanes scenes to give a very formulaic Star Cinema ending.
The shots of Batanes were breathtaking. Acting was solid, with Toni Gonzaga handling the seriousness, and Coco Martin took over the comedic side. I don’t get interested in Martin’s films but in this one, he did pretty good. The extras, like the sari-sari store vendor and the taxi driver, also performed very well, delivering the punchlines perfectly 😆
I also like how they somehow tried to break the fourth wall by metioning that they have seen Toni’s character before, mentioning that they’ve seen her in TV shows like ASAP, PBB, The Buzz, and the Bb. Pilipinas joke was a nice touch, although I doubt people would remember the context of the joke in the coming years.
All in all, the movie isn’t groundbreaking in any way, but for what it is, I think it’s pretty OK. 😀
My Rating: 7/10