Puro feels ang ‘The Third Party’, so expect more iyakan than kilig (although fun naman ito at nakakikilig ang mga eksena nina Sam Milby at Zanjoe Marudo). It does an okay job tackling several social issues, pero medyo overloaded ito, to the point that it barely scratches the surfaces of these issues.
SYNOPSIS: The Third Party tells the complicated relationship of Andi (Angel Locsin) with her ex Max (Sam Milby), and his present boyfriend Christian (Zanjoe Marudo). What will happen when they find themselves in a situation where they have to constantly be in each other’s radar? (from the official website).
DIRECTOR: Jason Paul Laxamana
WRITER: Charlene Sawit-Esguerra (screenplay), Patrick John Valencia (screenplay), Enrico C. Santos (story)
GENRE: Drama, Comedy
CAST: Angel Locsin | Sam Milby | Zanjoe Marudo | Al Tantay | Alma Moreno | Cherry Pie Picache | Beauty Gonzalez | Matet de Leon | Maris Racal | Carla Martinez | Katrina Legaspi | Chun Sa Jung | Odette Khan
Magkasintahan sina Andi (Angel Locsin) and Max (Sam Milby) nung college, subalit nang malaman ni Andi na pupunta si Max sa America for med school, she broke things off with him–despite Max’s protests–kaysa naman unti-unti rin namang sisirain ng distance ang relationship nila. A couple of years pass, and they meet again for the sake of their friendship man lang. Isa nang struggling events manager si Andi, and whose plans to move to Australia are put on hold dahil sa isang series of unfortunate events. Samantala, bumalik na sa Pilipinas si Max at isa na siyang successful cosmetic surgeon. He also happens to be living with his current boyfriend, Christian (Zanjoe Marudo), isang oncologist. When Andi is faced with her most difficult challenge yet, she turns to Max and Christian for help.
Sa kabuuan, The Third Party is fun. Basically, it’s about three people na nilagay sa isang confined setting at isang malaking awkward na situation, with smaller awkward scenarios thrown in for the occasional moments of comedy or kilig or conflict. The main source of kilig at interest (at, base sa reactions sa sinehan, some awkward tawa at appreciative hiyawan) is the SamJoe scenes, because let’s be honest: two smoking hot matinee idols playing a gay couple in a commercially-released movie is the stuff fan fiction and chismis magazines are made of. And the movie doesn’t disappoint in that aspect. To some degree, neither did the lead actors. Sure, medyo kulang sa chemistry department ang Sam-Gel and SamJoe romantic scenes (if one can actually call them romantic–more about that later), pero sa lighter/more comedic moments ng Pelikula, one can see the rapport Locsin, Milby, and Marudo have with each other. Okay ang acting, lalo na si Angel. Iyak kung iyak when the scene calls for it.
Which is practically the entire movie, it seems. And that may not be a good thing here kasi it can be tiring para sa mga manoood. One moment kilig, the next iyak; that emotional roller-coaster also makes The Third Party somehow lose focus sa kaniyang intent. Yung nabanggit ng “romantic” scenes? Hindi ito ganun na-develop kasi parang lagi silang nag-iiyakan at nag-aaway (oh yes, expect some #hugot lines here–even ones that may raise some eyebrows). It’s more of a drama than a rom-com. Then again, baka drama naman talaga pala ang habol nito, and in that case, sayang yung ilang build up sa comedy at kilig.
Marahil marami kasing gustong talakayin ang pelikula. Kudos to the movie for bringing a couple of LGBTQ topics and issues in the spotlight–and there are several of them–and not resorting to stereotypes to do so and not making it a “gay movie” but just a movie that happens to have gay characters in it. Pero idagdag pa natin ang themes and issues straight women have (as seen in Andi’s character), the result is a mixed bag; hindi kakayanin ng dalawang oras talakayin ang mga ito in detail. Therefore, sayang kasi ang daming pwedeng hugutin sa mga nasabing issues.
Overall, The Third Party does a good enough job. The movie is somewhat different, though not really. At the end of the day, it’s the usual Pinoy drama na may kaunting tawanan. ♦