Love triangle + kababalaghan = wala masyadong bago sa story ng Halik Sa Hangin. Pero ayos lang din naman. Panoorin kung fan ka ng Twilight or similar movies and/or young adult novels. Panoorin kasi maganda ang shots sa Baguio at maganda ang theme song.
SYNOPSIS: (from the official site) A tragic incident forces Mia (Julia Montes) to live with her estranged mother (Ina Raymundo) and her new family in Baguio. Though Mia meets new friends–including the dependable gentleman Alvin (JC de Vera) who has nursed special feelings for her–she still couldn’t shake off the loneliness. That’s until she chances upon Gio (Gerald Anderson) during a party. His adventurous and passionate spirit enchants her. Yet there is more to him than what he shows her. In the end, what will Mia do when the truth is revealed? Who will she choose between Alvin and Gio? What will she discover about true love?.
GENRE: Romance, Suspense, Thriller
DIRECTOR: Emmanuel Quindo Palo
WRITERS: Emmanuel Quindo Palo, Enrico Santos, Patrick John Valencia
CAST: Gerald Anderson | Julia Montes | JC de Vera | Edu Manzano | Ina Raymundo | Jasmine Curtis Smith | Buboy Garavillo | Yayo Aguila | Ricardo Cepeda | Miles Ocampo | Devon Seron | Melissa Mendez | Miko Raval | Marki Stroem | Rustica Carpio | Miguel Vergara | Fifth Solomon | Forth Solomon | Maris Racal
Talented, misunderstood, teenage girl moves to a new town where meets and falls for mysterious teenage bad boy even though her best guy pal carries a torch for her. Meanwhile, supernatural stuff happens around them.
These two sentences, at their most simplistic level, best describe most international best-selling young adult novels that have been published in the last five years (Twilight, and the movie saga it spawned, comes to mind). Coincidentally, they also best summarize Halik Sa Hangin. And while that may sound like it’s a bad thing, it’s not; in fact, kudos to Star Cinema for almost bringing something new in the Pinoy romance and suspense genre. Almost.
First, the good stuff. As mentioned earlier, the plot of Halik Sa Hangin is pretty good, mostly because it’s quite…unconventional. The opening scene alone provides an idea to the viewers that what they will be watching is not the usual romantic romp, but dark and mysterious. The shots of Baguio, where the story takes place, are amazing and are reminiscent of the 1980’s Sharon-and-Gabby Baguio movie, when the Summer Capital of the Philippines was grander and more picturesque. The musical score and theme song also help establish the blooming romance between Mia (Julia Montes) and Gio (Gerald Anderson), whose onscreen chemistry is also commendable. And that big twist, while somewhat already expected halfway through the movie, was still a good reveal. The intervention for Mia, wherein the pieces of the puzzle start falling in place for her, is arguably the best scene in the movie.
The movie could have
been better if it had not
been bogged down by
the theatrics and histrionics
usually found in Pinoy
Now, for the not-so-good. The movie could have been better if it had not been bogged down by the theatrics and histrionics usually found in Pinoy soap operas like wordy monologues, big crying scenes, unnecessary side plots, and the tendency to make good versus evil clear cut. The latter is especially notable because in the movie, religion plays a role to set some sort of bias as to which should be the “good” side. Not everything shrouded in mystery should be painted as bad or horrifying and needed to be cleansed by prayers and holy water, but the movie quite literally does so, as seen in the makeup and special effects. Note that a lot of these religious stuff happens after the big reveal two-thirds into the film, so it’s a bit of a downer that something good was slowly set up, only to be torn apart quickly, awkwardly, and sometimes unintentionally funny. The movie could have taken a page off Jasmine Curtis-Smith, whose subtle acting as Gio’s ex-girlfriend was good: understated, but impactful.
Halik Sa Hangin is somewhat schizophrenic. Its romantic part is good, but its suspense part? Not too much. Its effect to audience may be equally confusing, but in reverse, that is, viewers may be left feeling that the movie is not so romantic at all; that it’s actually creepy. Good thing the romantic part is longer. ♦