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SPELLBOUND

SpellBound (2023) ๐˜—๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ข ๐˜’๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ Directed by: Jalz Zarate


A magician and his assistant, who both can see ghosts, fall in love with each other.


Magaling magpa-cute at magpa-kilig si Bela Padilla. Nakakatuwa kapag natatakot at nag-aalala si Marco Gumabao. Si Rhen Escaรฑo ang bahala sa katatakutan. Matinding katatawanan ang dulot nila Sarah Pagcaliwagan Brakensiek at Moi Bien.


Maganda ang special effects at nakatulong ito upang maipakita ang kababalaghan ng istorya.


Everyone did their assignment, ticking the various genres of this movie. Thereโ€™s the right amount of horror + comedy + romance + fantasy.


But when they are mixed all together, it doesnโ€™t form a cohesive story. The storytelling is not smoothโ€”with a couple of missing details, disconnecting the scenes from each other.


No story about the magician, his gift and his partner. No planning and discussions about the magic shows that they will create. The โ€œmagicianโ€ aspect of the male lead character was not told. Itโ€™s just for show.


The female lead being an โ€œassistantโ€ was not tackled. You wonโ€™t know how she maintains her life and her big house alone.


When they are together, their roles are almost insignificant because their topic usually revolves on giddy punchlines. Mate poaching is romanticized and committed relationships are downplayed.


Magaling mag-maldita si Cindy Miranda, pero pinag-mukha siyang kontrabida sa istorya para mag-mukhang bida ang iba. Magaling manakot si Rhen Escaรฑo, pero hindi magaling ang pagkakasulat kung bakit hindi matahimik ang kanyang karakter at paano ito nalutas.


๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜—๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜’๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ฎ. ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ซ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜—๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜บ ๐˜ง๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด, ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜บ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ.


The original script needs to be untangled to bring out the beauty of its characters. The actors, the actresses and the special effects team did most of the work to make things work. But if the problem is the source material, then it wonโ€™t suffice.


Philippine Cinema is often bounded by the spell of foreign films. Itโ€™s always better to have unique stories made by Filipinos for Filipinos. Till then we can experience a magic that will truly last.


SPELLBOUND

โญ๏ธโญ๏ธ Cast: Bela Padilla, Marco Gumabao, Rhen Escaรฑo, Cindy Miranda, Moi Bien, Sarah Pagcaliwagan Brakensiek Presented by: Viva Films Date Released: February 1, 2023 in Philippine Cinemas nationwide A Movie Review by: Goldwin Reviews

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