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The Day After Valentine’s (2018)

Directed by: Jason Paul Laxamana

The movie started out pretty good. Ang ganda ng vibe kung paano sila nagkakilala. There’s the natural atmosphere of two people meeting each other for the first time.

Bela Padilla did most of the work in creating that atmosphere. The way she handled their first conversation was light yet empathetic. JC was in his theater acting mode that can get unnatural though passable for their first scene.

But then after that, you’ll notice na ganun pala sila all through out the movie. Hindi nag develop yung acting nila. Pati na rin yung connection nila sa isa’t isa. Yung first conversation scene nila is the same as their last. Lines lang nag-iba.

Mostly because the content of their conversation is weak. A lot of major elements were presented but not utilized well, such as the usage of Baybayin Alphabet na hindi malaman kung anong significance sa kanilang dalawa. Their conversation can still happen with or without it. Naging palamuti lang yun.

Sayang yung ganda ng Hawaii. Dahil naging shallow background lang sya at pilit isiningit sa mga conversations.

At yung Valentine’s Day na yan na part ng movie title... you'll expect that they give a special recognition to that day... pero ang dating... Kahit anong araw pumatak yung usapan nila. Wala namang kaso. Ginamit lang ang Valentine’s para gumanda ang movie title.

All these things didn't help in shaping the characters.

They still lack solid foundation. Kung ano ang pinanghuhugutan ni Bela. Kung ano ang iniisip ni JC. You want to feel them on a deeper level. Pero daplis lang ang pinakita.

So when they arrived at that scene kung saan na-relay na yung message ng movie. They failed to give a strong impact.



Cast: Bela Padilla, JC Santos

Production: VIVA Films

Date Released: August 15, 2018 in Philippine cinemas nationwide

A Movie Review by: Goldwin Reviews



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