Parang Mentos lang ang Everyday I Love You: Solid ang LizQuen chemistry at tumataginting ang cinematography, ngunit hindi sing-tatag ang kuwento nito to the point na kailangan mo lunukin ang ilang plot points as they are. Savor the kilig ‘pag may time.
SYNOPSIS: Audrey Locsin (Liza Soberano) is a romantic, old soul, who believes that forever is possible. Her love, Tristan Montelibano (Gerald Anderson), is a laid-back haciendero from Bacolod. However, when the latter was in a coma, she met and falls in love with Ethan Joseph Alfaro (Enrique Gil), an achievement-oriented young man from Manila who works for a TV company. This situation made her torn between the man of her dreams, and the man who makes her dreams come true. (synopsis from the official website)
DIRECTOR: Mae Cruz-Alviar
WRITERS: Vanessa R. Valdez, Kookai Labayen, Iris Lacap, Gilliann Ebreo
GENRE: Romance, Comedy
CAST: Enrique Gil | Liza Soberano | Gerald Anderson
One of director Mae Cruz-Alviar’s last film, Relaks, It’s Just Pag-Ibig, was a feel-good rom-com that also serves like some sort of a “It’s More Fun in the Philippines!” tourism ad for Leyte. Her latest effort, Everyday I Love You, kind of tries to serve the same recipe. While the end result is still good, the movie requires viewers a lot of suspension of disbelief that in the end it becomes just that: suspended in the metaphorical midair because it never quite takes off.
The movie had a good start. The picturesque aerial shot of the City of Smiles provided a glimpse of how good the cinematography of this film (all bright and shiny and happy and hopeful). The use of “days” has been incorporated nicely in the script, especially towards the end where all the quotable lines start falling in place. Viewers are also introduced to interesting characters.
But then, there’s the plot. The movie’s teaser tagline is about a girl (Liza Soberano) having to choose between the man of her dreams (Gerald Anderson) and the man who makes her dreams come true (Enrique Gil). It was a good premise, but how this love triangle unfolded fell short. Anderson’s Justin never really stood a chance because, apart from being in a coma for the most part of the movie, it was never really shown how exactly he is the man of Soberano’s Audrey’s dreams. His character is portrayed as a passive-aggressive, suffocating boyfriend, and it looks like the only reason she stayed with him even before the accident that resulted into his coma, is the fact that she has been in love with him ever since she laid eyes on him.
Similarly, Gil’s Ethan is portrayed as the man who makes her dreams come true because of the simple reason that he is an overachieving TV producer who chanced upon his “Scooter Girl” when he was assigned to develop a show in Bacolod City. It was…fate(?), then, that her childhood dream was to be in television. At least his character is more sympathetic and understanding of the girl’s dilemma.
(Aside: what TV producer aggressively pursues a potential talent all the way to her house just to have her agree to star in it? Also, what family stands by and supports said producer they have just met and tries to convince the girl to do the gig?. Some of these actions were not explained, some were explained a bit later, so viewers sometimes have to take what they’re seeing at face value.)
The rest of the movie is filled with the usual trope of familial problems, as well as a hefty dose of that kilig factor. Whatever issues or conflict presented were resolved nicely, perhaps too nicely, given how everything–and everyone–seems to be related. From the looks of it, Everyday I Love You is meant to be an escapist movie mainly to showcase the lead actors’ killer chemistry. It is reminiscent of how the first LizQuen movie turned out, although arguably in terms of storytelling this movie is better. Slightly.♦