Laida Magtalas
Version Two Point O

It takes a man and a woman who are exhausted from a jam-packed week to watch “It Takes a Man and a Woman” with a kilometric ticket queue. We decided to spend a little extra and even watched it while sitting on those comfortable lazyboy seats at Cinema 7 of Trinoma mall.Β  You guys should try those chairs. It’s a nice viewing experience.

I am not a personal fan of Sarah G. I find John Lloyd handsome but I am not as crazy about him, either. But I know a pretty nice film when I see one. Just that, I watched the entire series of the Laida Magtalas and Miggy Montenegro film installments because I like the story, and I don’t discriminate on whether it has a foreign brand in it just so I’d watch it.I have some friends who will go yuck at this blog post, but I don’t really care. πŸ™‚

If that’s jologs, corny, or yucky, I’m fine with it. πŸ™‚ Having said that, allow me to proceed with my review…

All I know is that I was smiling from ear to ear when I stepped out of the movie theater with warm fuzzy feelings for my partner.Β  And I don’t mind watching it again because it’s SUPER funny and nicely done. It was deeper than the power hug and sun dance that made it so famous before.

This third movie of their love team, I must say, is better than the first two I have watched. I thought that I’ve seen enough of the Montenegro-Magtalas team-up. But in this movie, they really brought the house down, theatrically speaking. Small wonder that it hit Php 65 million on its opening night. It’s an entertaining movie and has a heartbreaking ring to it as the story progressed after their painful breakup.

It was a heartwarming film, a realistic love story. And I like it that way because they depicted real-life nuances of romantic love: how a partner makes mistakes and the other partner’s struggle to forgive and forget, the hardships of long-distance relationships, and the probability of gaining a second chance at love with the same person after changes have been made. It’s not the type where they just meet and sweep each other off their feet. It really showed the trials of maintaining a relationship, real love in action and not just in words.

Acting-wise, I think Sarah’s performance was just right and occasionally overboard (but justifiable because the Laida Magtalas version 2.0 requires her to be overacting and exaggerated with her English speaking). I kind of find it hard to dissociate her from her usual teenybopping pa-cute vibe but adored the funny scenes she portrayed, and there were many in this film.

On the other hand, John Lloyd in his portrayal was able to act even by just holding a bottle or just looking at people, and it’s something that few actors these days have. The tiny gestures, the references to their past scenes in previous movies, and the general struggle to put things back together was depicted in such an impeccable way. All I felt after watching is respect for John Lloyd’s acting and respect for the story writer and director Cathy Molina for making a film that’s worth recommending. I hope JL does not retire too early from acting; he’s one of the few talented ones I’ve seen on Pinoy TV.

Equally commendable is the sophisticated Isabelle Daza who played the role of Belle in the movie. Stunning and understated, she just held her own although she was not supposed to stand out because it’s Leida and Miggy’s story. And I completely laughed when Belle’s character subtly did this slight jacket showdown with Magtalas throughout the film. (You have to watch the movie to understand what this means!)

The trio of Zoila and friends provided so much comic relief. I cannot imagine a Magtalas-Montenegro team-up without these people. I lost count of the number of times that I laughed while watching. It was so fun to watch and there were witty lines that were delivered repeatedly like: “TRUST… Big Word!” (Again, you have to watch the movie to appreciate what that really meant in their context.)

Not to say that it was all laughter and love story heartaches or typical Pinoy movie humor.

It had a component that values the family, and age-old wisdom from Miggy’s deceased father in the film, the owner of the dynasty that he was desperately trying to save. One of the most memorable lessons I have learned from the film is this: “The best thing in life is to be a good person.”

A good person’s wisdom, a good story, a good turn of events, a good film (… although not a very appealing choice of movie title.), and altogether a good viewing experience. πŸ™‚






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