Nakatatawa at nakakikilig ang ‘Always Be My Maybe.’ You can’t help but root for Gerald and Arci. If you liked ‘That Thing Called Tadhana’ at ‘Ex With Benefits,’ panoorin mo ‘to dahil it has the best of both worlds. May kababawan ang plot, and it has the usual rom-com elements, but the shots, the sound, and the amazing cast make up for it.
SYNOPSIS: Jake and Tintin both came from failed relationships. Things take an unexpected turn when they meet and help each other forget their respective exes. Will they find ‘always’ in each other? Or will things remain a “maybe”?
DIRECTOR: Dan Villegas
WRITERS: Patrick Valencia and Jancy Nicolas (story); Dan Villegas and Pertee Brinas (screenplay)
GENRE: Romance, Comedy
CAST: Gerald Anderson | Arci Munoz | Nikki Valdez | Carlo Aquino | TJ Trinidad | Kakai Bautista | Matt Evans | Jane Oineza | Irma Adlawan | Ricci Chan | Ahron Villena | Pepe Herrera | Jairus Aquino | Victor Silayan | Maika Rivera
‘Always Be My Maybe’ opens with a shot of a unicorn cut-out at a children’s party. Malamang masyadong pa-deep kung bibigyan natin ang deeper meaning ito, pero subukan na rin natin (hehe!). The unicorn—na nagpakita ulit sa isang eksena sa gitna ng peikula—symbolizes a committed loving relationship, precious and elusive. Mahirap na ngang mahanap ang unicorn na ‘yan, lalo pang naging complicated with the advent of other relationship labels like, well, “it’s complicated” (salamat, FB). Itong unicorn, este, itong commitment na ito ang siyang ipinagkait o nawala kina Jake (Gerald Anderson) at Tintin (Arci Munoz) from their previous relationships, at siyang nahanap nila sa isa’t-isa in the (al)most (un)expected way.
The parentheses in the last sentence are there for a reason: parang mayroon kasing slight disparity between the intent of the movie and the execution. Sa pagitan ng simula at hangganan ng kuwento. This disparity is something that would have made this already good feel-good movie into a better one.
Gerald and Arci ooze
sex appeal that worked well
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Jake and Tintin just got out of failed romantic relationships, and throughout most part of the movie, they were there for each other in a lot of ways: they became drinking buddies, they share stories, they serve as wing-person for the other, they make each other better. Given how the story progressed in the first two-thirds of the movie, maganda ang treatment dito sa relationship na ito. For one, strong ang dialogue. Despite the “kayong mga babae/lalaki” generalizations, it had that vibe tulad doon sa ‘That Thing Called Tadhana,’ wherein, maski nagku-kuwentuhan lang sila, hindi boring ang pinaguusapan at relate na relate ang mga manonood.
For another, strong ang chemistry ng dalawang leads. Gerald and Arci ooze sex appeal that worked well both in their comedy and the will-they-or-won’t-they scenes. Kung makatitig si Jake kay Tintin, wagas! Felt na felt ang tension na nakakakilig naman talaga.
Then came the final act, where the complications in their relationship started happening. The main conflict, kung iisiping mabuti, is more internal. Not that may mali doon, dahil gaya nga ng nabanggit, Jake at Arci’s friendship is actually starting to help heal the pain of their failed relationships. The added complications that were thrown in the equation though felt like unecessary add-ons, to the point na lalong lumitaw ang kababawan ng kuwento.
The other elements of the movie make it worth watching overall. Strong ang supporting cast, and maganda ang cinematography at editing. Aliw rin ang ang makeup tutorial videos ni Tintin na interspersed in between the main story (reminiscent ito ng mga scene cuts ni Direk Dan sa ‘English Only, Please‘—I sense a formula!), at ang soundtrack na ginamit dito. No overt product placements! This time Star Cinema opted to promote TV shows (ehem, LizQuen at Dolce Amore) and movies. It still feels out of place, pero at least hindi jarring at annoying.
At the end of the day, entertaining ang ‘Always be My Maybe.’ With likable and really beautiful characters, whatever relationship one wants Jake and Tintin to end up as—friends man or lovers—as long as they’re together, you can’t help but root for them. ♦