Panoorin kung on board ka na magiging quotable quote machine ang pelikulang ito, na nanonood ka ng isang mainstream film, at na alam na alam nito kung paano ka paiiyakin. Well-intentioned at its core, but a little too formula-driven to be an outstanding attempt. In short, ayos lang—kung ang gusto mo lang naman talaga ay nag-uumapaw na feels.
DIRECTOR: Cathy Garcia-Molina
WRITERS: Carmi Raymundo | Vanessa Valdez
CAST: Bea Alonzo | John Lloyd Cruz | James Blanco | Janus del Prado | Dimples Romana | Shamaine Buencamino | Billy Crawford
Popoy (John Lloyd Cruz) and Basha (Bea Alonzo), the couple at the center of One More Chance, are now married for close to seven years. As a husband-and-wife tandem they pursue dreams of having their own house and a family by working hard on projects in their own firm, until Basha gets a miscarriage.
Things fall apart in time, partly because Basha is no longer around at the firm to balance out Popoy’s pig-headedness and ambitions. By the time Basha is allowed to go back to work after two years, though, she senses that the firm is in a lot of trouble. Several fights and misunderstandings ensue, until they are forced to question whether they want to stay married at all.
Disclaimer: hindi ko napanood ang One More Chance. Apparently this does not matter bilang hindi naman super kailangan na magets mo ang background ng dalawa. Pero makatutulong siguro iexplain ang ilang throwback lines and allusions to the circumstances and relationships sa naunang pelikula.
For a film hoping to paint a picture of domestic, middle-class life in the Philippines, those plentiful #hugot lines can be hard to imagine coming from normal Filipino couples, unless of course they’re actually quoting lines from this movie.
Throughout the film, mapapansin mo ang super-polished lines, some delivered in English, that have come to define this bit of franchise. This can be both good and bad. Good, dahil sa husay ng mga linyang ma-capture ang mga nararamdaman ng mga normal na taong nagmamahal at nasasaktan. Bad, dahil hindi naman ganito magsalita ang mga normal na tao. For a film hoping to paint a picture of domestic, middle-class life in the Philippines, those plentiful #hugot lines can be hard to imagine coming from normal Filipino couples, unless of course they’re actually quoting lines from this movie. (Wait for it in 3, 2, ….)
Buti na lang somewhat reliable ang acting ni Alonzo at Cruz, or at least tolerable. Felt na felt mo ang sakit na pinagdadaanan ng dalawa, whether it’s getting anxious while waiting for your partner to text the entire day, only to find out through someone else’s Facebook, that he/she had been having fun, or finding out that the one person you love is making you feel like a total loser. For someone new to the series, however, I found that Alonzo’s girlish nagging and Cruz’s vulnerable male dramatics can be annoying at times, but never put-on.
Make no mistake: Star Cinema movie ang pinapanood mo. May certain level of production standard na maaari mo nang iexpect. Malinaw ang register, aral ang shots, at nagamit naman nang maayos ang lights upang makatulong sa paglalahad ng unti-unting pag-disintegrate ng relationship ni P at B. May mga weird nga lang na issue sa audio sa ilang bahagi ng pelikula na pwede mong ika-distract. At, as expected, kung naliligaw ka sa timeline, you may use Bea Alonzo’s wigs as visual markers kung anong era ang pinapanood mo.
Okay naman ang kwento, nag-try naman maging kakaiba by digging deep into the hardships of married life instead of exploring the much-trodden landscape of romantic love. Despite that, however, ramdam mo that the movie knows too well when and how to push your buttons, setting up big dramatic confrontations for the maximum punch. In the end, maaari mong maramdaman na ginawang batayan ng ganda ng pelikula ang kakayanan nitong paiyakin ka.
Also, product endorsements. Someone should tell these guys to stop already.