James Reid and Nadine Lustre are back on the big screen with their newest movie This Time. Have they finally made a movie worth watching, or will this be as forgettable as their last few films? Here is my review of This Time.
I’m gonna start by saying that This Time isn’t really that bad, but it’s not great either. The movie is riddled with plotholes, confusing flashbacks which were poorly edited, and cartoonish CGI elements which ruin the movie. The cringeworthy dialogue and old-school punchlines don’t help either. Even the smallest elements were uncared for, like the Apple Earpods in 2005, or the 2010 flashback which apparently has no end. Most of the film was sloppily executed.
The story is far from great. This Time suffers from bad writing, and in turn, the emotions feel unearned. There are too many people surrounding the main characters, and most of them have their own stories which we’re forced to care about. It would’ve been better if they just focused on the struggles of the complicated situation of the couple.
Although the story was bad, the film looked visually stunning, especially in the scenes shot in Japan, but aesthetics alone won’t right the many wrongs this film has done. In terms of acting, James Reid and Nadine Lustre did their best to deliver well, and they managed to shine in some moments, but the material really wasn’t good in the first place.
This Time is a wasted opportunity to ride on to the popularity and the streak of success this team-up has had these past few months. Sadly, this film doesn’t do them justice, they were given a poorly-constructed story riddled with a lot of inconsistencies. I’m a fan of their team-up, but they badly deserve a better material.
My Rating: 6/10