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GERONIMO AND CRUZ. Compromised portrayals.

“It takes a man and a woman,” the third installment of the John Lloyd Cruz-Sarah Geronimo love team’s long-playing  rom-com, is currently unfolding on local movie screens, so the tandem’s avid fans are turning out in droves to see how the tale will finally wind up. Naturally, a Happy Ending is fully expected—and delivered—so, everybody’s happy!

On point of filmmaking, however, Cathy Garcia-Molina’s film is less than an overwhelming treat, and is sometimes even a puzzlement. It does start out well, with an efficient dovetailing of events detailing how its resident lovebirds broke up because she  couldn’t be at his side when his father passed away, so he turned to Isabelle Daza’s more “available” character instead—thus breaking Sarah’s character’s heart and transforming her into a cynical and exceedingly tough cookie!

So, when his family brought her back from the States to co-edit a swanky magazine with him, the two ex-sweethearts were at each other’s necks in no time at all—and it certainly wasn’t because they wanted to plant love bites on one another!

Sadly, however, the movie starts to lose its focus soon after, primarily because Sarah’s new “tough” persona is so obviously put-on. We long to see the vulnerable heart of this wounded woman, but we mostly get just “smartypants” delivery of ack-ack dialogue, posing here and prattling there, so we eventually stop caring.

As for John Lloyd, his depiction is deeper and more vulnerable, but plotting coincidences and other exigencies soon also weaken it.

The leads’ portrayals aside, what compromises the movie to a grievous degree is its presumption that we are all that interested in the magazine trade’s inner workings and trappings, which it reveals in excessive detail, thus expending too much screen time on generally irrelevant subplotting.

To be sure, the film wins thematic points with its emphasis on the importance of forgiveness, of really moving on—so, when the constantly bickering ex-lovers finally face up to their hurts and/or guilt, the heretofore sluggish and unfocused drama finally hits viewers where they live, hurt and love. —Unfortunately, it’s too little, too late to save the film.

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  • http://twitter.com/menchitnyc carmencita acosta

    Who cares what this old man says.Nestor u Torre needs to retire.He has nothing good to say anyway, what is new? The older he gets , the less respect for him.Guess what,who is laughing all the way to the bank.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dan.valuz Dan Valuz

      carmencita acosta ikaw ano na achieve mo na sa buhay mo ??? WHO THE HELL ARE YOU TO TELL ANYONE THEY SHOULD RETIRE ??? WHO GIVES A F*** ABOUT YOUR SO CALLED OPINION ? MR. TORRE IS ONE OF THE BEST CRITICS WE HAVE IN THE COUNTRY ! IKAW ANO KA ??? TAGA HANGA KA LANG NG TELE DRAMA BUONG ARAW AT FEELING MO MAY KARAPATAN KA NA MAG COMMENT DITO !!!! HAHAHAHAHA !!! IKAW ANG MAG RETIRO KA NA SA PAGIGING FEELING MO!!!!!!!!

      • fuctore

        Danvaloos..ing sanity. Your nutcase rhetoric is so out of place here.
        You can lick Mr Torre’s dumb a– for all I care, but to refute somebody
        else’s opinion on another’s is ridiculously stupid and a bit cuckoo-ish.
        Iligo mo lang yan.

  • BeingHuman

    tumahimik ka nestor. puro ka na lang negative.

    wala ka sigurong natikman na kaligayahan sa buhay mo.

    etong movie na ito, hindi ito intended to be an award-winning film.

    NAINTINDIHAN MO?

    • http://www.facebook.com/dan.valuz Dan Valuz

      BeingHuman = IGNORANTE
      Ang feeling mo mag salita diyan !

      • fuctore

        What an emotional turmoil you have there.
        are you a relative ( lover?) of the writer?

      • BeingHuman

        hindi ako IGNORANTE!!!

        you mean to say that all who trooped and are still trooping to cinemas are all IGNORANTE???

        etong nestor na eto, pa-as-if lang, wala pa namang nagawa na pelikula, even INDIE. gumawa kaya siya, at makita natin kung gaano siya kagaling. lahat na lang pinupuna.

        he should and MUST understand that this film is a feel-good movie and not intended to compete in film festivals.

        nung umalis siguro ‘to sa sinehan, siya lang ang malungkot at lahat ng tao masaya. what a pity to this old man. he/she should change his/her ways now.

        tanungin mo sarili mo, up to now, bakit walang mga prestigious award-giving bodies kumukuha sa’yo to be their film critic?

        nestor, may time ka pa to be happy in this SIMPLE WORLD that we live in. don’t complicate simple and small things in life.

    • fuctore

      Don’t worry Being Human,
      Mr Torre is just living a grand miserable life.
      Imagine, just a very SIMPLE rom-com film whose only intention is to provide an escape and respite from an exhausting electioneering by crazy politicians.
      Here’s the perennial killjoy doing what he does best..judging another feel good movie and comparing it to Lawrence of Arabia and Citizen Kane.
      That’s the lonely price he has to pay for being a self appointed film CRITIQUE,
      He just can NEVER appreciate even the simplest of things.
      To quote a line from the JLC and Sarah G starrer…
      “Sa kagustuhan nating maging pinakamagaling..,
      Nakakalimutan nating maging mabuting tao.”
      A solid blockbuster local movie in an era of piracy and CGIs is what the ailing film industry really needs..i wish i can say the same for this poor old guy.
      Sob.

      • BeingHuman

        very well said, fuctore…..

        etong si nestor ay very bitter in life…..hahaha

  • http://twitter.com/mig4coach coach

    perhaps the film students can understand this better. It is unfortunate since I have yet to watch the film. But I have to remember that when I will watch it, I will revert to my previous purpose of being entertained. I want to laugh and not analyze points…

    I will leave to cathy garcia-molina, john lloyd, and sarah and abs-cbn to digest this critic or if they even read this review.

    I don’t want to part with my hard-earned cash while making myself worry textures, gestures, transitions etc.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dan.valuz Dan Valuz

      coach no one is forcing you to even share your thoughts here !

      • Hendot2012

        So as you

  • http://twitter.com/jluvra Jluvra

    Wala naman magandang pelikula kay Nestor Torre kundi ang mga pelikula ng idol niyang si nora aunor. May review ba siya ng Thy Womb? I bet puros papuri …

  • pruedence

    kasi naman… dapat si ate guy ang gumanap na laida magtalas… para pumasa sa panlasa ni nestor… o kaya sa susunod… inquirer nalang ang mag produce ng movie, dapat yung rom-com, huh… tapos let’s all see what nestor would have to say about it… mwahahahahah…

  • http://www.facebook.com/charlane.delrosario Charlane del Rosario

    Ask ko po ful dialogue ni dante rivero sa it takes a man and a woman?

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