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Love or Money (2021)

Directed by: Mae Cruz-Alviar

Two people are yearning for love and money. But they can’t have both. Which one would they choose...

Love or Money?

Neither had a sufficient background for you to truly experience what they’ve been craving for.

Coco Martin’s love for Angelica Panganiban comes out of nowhere. And suddenly, he is willing to give up everything for her. Despite having many scenes together, their chemistry is still fleeting.

Angelica Panganiban needs money to support her family. But her life story was barely established to make it seem that family and money are her ultimate priority.

The movie showed a little bit of everything—glimpse on OFW, illegal business, online selling, mistress, adultery, ambition and many more. They can inject more topics as long as they can handle it; however, none of which had a satisfying discourse. It only made the atmosphere drastically change from comedy to drama to suspense, with plotholes in between.

Some conversations are striking, especially when the two leads argue about the value of love and money. But as the story unfolds, the lines lost its weight. Either they contradict it or they didn’t prove themselves otherwise.

Nawalan nang boses ang pelikula. Dahil andami nilang sinasabi at pinapakita. Na hindi tinutugunan ang bawat isa.

Nagbigay sila ng maraming problema. At hindi mo alam kung paano nila ito hinarap. Dahil imbes na ipakita sayo ang kanilang paglalakbay. Dinaan sa “years later” at “flashbacks”. Halos umikot ang palabas sa away-bati ng dalawang bida.

May mga oras na kumikinang ang galing nila Coco at Angelica sa pag-arte, lalo na pagdating sa drama. Madadala ka na lang sa luhang ibinibigay nila.

Maayos din ang pagganap nila Ketchup Eusebio, Cai Cortez at Gelli de Belen. Nakapagbigay sila ng konting tensyon at saya. Ngunit sa dami ng karakter ay nawalan sila ng pagkakataon na mas ipamalas pa ang galing nila.

With several characters and happenings, this movie feels rushed and tight, trying to compress everything into a 2-hour special. It needs to take things one step at a time, so you can further cherish the moments and appreciate the story for what they’re worth.



Cast: Coco Martin, Angelica Panganiban, Gelli de Belen, Matet de Leon, Ketchup Eusebio, Cai Cortez, Dante Rivero, Teresa Loyzaga, Pinky Amador, Cheska Iñigo, Jeremiah Lisbo, Norm McLeod

Presented by: Star Cinema

Date Released: March 12, 2021 via

A Movie Review by: Goldwin Reviews



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