Ate Vi and Angel make movie magic dito sa ‘Everything About Her’. Panoorin kung may mommy issues ka, or mommy ka na may challenges raising kids. Yes, may cancer dito, and most likely iiyak ka. Pero tatawa ka rin. At tataba ang puso mo sa simpleng feel-good movie.
SYNOPSIS: After finding out that she has cancer, Vivian (Vilma Santos), a wealthy and powerful businesswoman, hires Jaica (Angel Locsin) to be her private nurse. Jaica, meanwhile, convinces Vivian’s estranged son Albert (Xian Lim) to go back to the Philippines to be with his mother.
DIRECTOR: Joyce Bernal
GENRE: Drama, Comedy
CAST: Vilma Santos | Angel Locsin | Xian Lim
What happens when two Darnas collide? Apparently ang sagot ay Everything About Her, Bb. Joyce Bernal’s latest obra. Well-written at well-acted ito, kaya naman sulit na sulit ang combined (super)powers nina Vilma Santos and Angel Locsin (arguably the best Darnas Pinoy pop culture has ever seen). Hindi nila kailangang lumunok ng bato para makahanap ng mga manonood. Add the fact that this is also the first movie in almost three years ng dalawang aktres (Si Ate Vi sa Ekstra, Si Angel sa Four Sisters and a Wedding), let’s just say na this is a long time coming para sa mga fans nila. They will not be disappointed.
(Aside: there is also a Darna reference in this movie. Which was really cool. Watch out for it!)
Real estate mogul si Vivian (Santos), samatalang isang nurse naman si Jaica (Locsin). Nang malaman ni Vivian na may Stage 3 cancer siya, her doctor recommended that she make Jaica her private 24/7 nurse. Jaica, in turn, was able to convince Vivian’s estranged son na si Albert (Xian Lim) na umuwi. Ayun, clashes galore–Vivian vs. Jaica, Vivian vs. Albert, Jaica vs. Albert–sa samu’t saring issues from something na mababaw tulad ng pag-inom ng gamot o work ethic hanggang sa mga mas malalalim na sugat ng bawat isa na naungkat sa course ng kani-kanilang relationships.
Yes, this is a movie that tackles cancer, so expect to feel all the feels kapag tumambad na sa screen ang mga eksenang tinatalakay ang subject na ‘to–diri, awa, sakit, lungkot, pag-asa, kawalan ng pag-asa, etc. And take note, despite the one nitpick sa fact na hindi man lang mukhang may sakit si Vivian despite the invasive treatments like chemotherapy (o dahil ba may stem cell therapy din kasi s’ya?), kapani-paniwala naman ang “portrayal” ng sakit na ‘to.
Ngunit kung sasabihing this is “just a cancer movie” is oversimplifying it. Everything About Her is also a workplace comedy, and to a lesser degree of success, romantic comedy. Yes, para siyang The Devil Wears Prada meets The Fault In Our Stars (and suprisingly, effective ang execution nito). But it is important to note that at its heart, this is a story about mothers–especially working moms–and the challenges their choices pose. The main question: kaya ba ng mga nanay na magkaroon ng balance between work and raising their children? Sinubukan ng bawat tauhan sa pelikula ni ibigay ng kani-kanilang take dito.
And this is where Angel and Ate Vi shine. The material that was given to them was good and they delivered. Angel, for instance, managed to be funny and quirky, pero hindi mo masasabing manic pixie tulad sa romcoms. More of parang chill lang siya, worldly. Alam mo yung parang laid-back, relaxed, patawa na lang na mga taong experienced na o dumaan na sa daming pakshet sa buhay? Ganoon ang personality ni Jaica, and Angel played it to a T.
Same goes for the Star For All Seasons, from whom we expect nothing less. May eksena sa simula ng pelikula kung saan sinabi niya that she’s been called “puta na, bitch pa.” And she reclaimed these words as her own para siya ang may power over these words. Parang ganoon din ang take niya sa role niya as Vivian. The movie required a delicate balance between comedy and drama, and she managed to handle both with ease.
Unfortunately for Xian, his role is pretty much to help resolve the other two characters’ issues. He did good, pero to be honest, maski wala ang character niya, uusad pa rin ang kuwento.
The other aspects of the film are equally good: the script, the editing, the music. The story is also well-written; perhaps a little too perfect pa nga, given na gusto nitong sinupin lahat ng loose ends. Product placement is kept at a minimum and executed subtly (thank goodness), at walang wigs! Parang this is a first for Star Cinema ah! Which is also interesting to note kasi ‘di ba Hollywood cliche na may wig palagi ‘pag mayroong cancer ang isang tauhan? Good job wardrobe and makeup teams! ♦