Family History (A Movie Review)

Alex (Michael V) is an optimistic and successful animator, with a beautiful wife and kind son. Everything seems perfect until they learned that his wife May (Dawn Zulueta) has stage 4 cancer. To make matters worst, she revealed that she has been cheating from for 2 years already.

What I like:
The cinematography is lit. It’s rosy and colorful like some sort of filter you’ll choose if you want to be pretty in pictures. I think it reflects Alex positivity in life even toppled by multiple problems. I also love the insertion of animations here whenever Alex’ mind is in chaos. It’s crazy and beautifully crafted.

Nonie Buencamino as gay boss is my favorite character here. I love all his scenes. It felt like he has more heart than everyone in this movie. He’s really a gem. It’s obvious that he’s the best actor in this movie. Even with the minimal number of scenes.

The Message of the Movie

Obviously the message of the movie are targeted for married couples. They should work on their communication and make sure they don’t lose their touch amidst busy schedule and struggles. They should work together to keep the romance alive. You’ll never know when tragedy strikes so make sure to express love whenever you can. Don’t neglect each other.

What I don’t like:

The jokes and drama don’t jive well. The scene is serious and could have made an impact but they just have to drop jokes in such an awkward way. Drama can be funny too. It’s just did not work on this one. Some are even downright cringy. I’m a fan of Bitoy and seriously I watched this one solely because of him. I also believe he can be a great drama actor. I still remember the time he acted in an Eat Bulaga Lenten Drama Special where he acted as mentally-challenged man. Damn,he was so good! He did it here in this movie too but sadly, his character’s jokes felt forced and unnatural for the situation. The momentum of the drama is often destroyed.

The twist in the end and the subplot about their son did not add impact to the whole narrative. The scene between him and John Estrada was like a big joke. It could have been the climax of the movie. It could have been a heart-wrenching moment as Alex finally faced the cheating partner but once again it felt flat. Super flat.

Final verdict: 2 out of 5 stars

The movie is confused if it wants to be an impactful family drama or to be a comedy. Did not succeed to both categories.

Mary, Marry Me Movie Review (Tagalog)

I posted the following thoughts through my facebook page “Gurezu Blog” and just re-posting it here.  This is no way a formal movie review. I just wrote my train of thoughts while I’m watching it inside the theater. WARNING: This will contain spoilers so watch out!

🤔Plot: Matagal nang hindi nagkikita ang magkapatid na Mary Jane (Toni) at Mary Anne (Alex) simula pagkabata.  Ngunit komplikado ang kanilang pagtatagpong muli. Ikakasal na si Mary Anne sa ex-boyfriend ni Mary Jane. At kahit mahirap, pumayag si Mary Jane maging wedding coordinator. Promising premise sana. 

🤔 10-20 minutes watching this film. “Ang boring. Parang mas nakakaaliw pa Jack Em Popoy which I thought I don’t like that much.”

🤔Napaka unnecessary ng role ni Melai Cantiveros dito. She is supposed to be the best friend of Alex character. Pero parang nandito lang siya to be mocked and hurt physically for the sake of being “FUNNY”. Pero lumabas na napakakorni at hindi nakakatawa. Sayang naman sa part ni Melai Cantiveros.

🤔 I liked Alex Gonzaga here. Siya lang ang funny sa pelikulang ‘to. Na-realized ko may “K” rin siya maging kontrabida and pwede rin siya sa drama. I thought she’s just loud and maharot which sells in vlogging stint niya. Pero okay pala talaga siya umarte if given a chance. But still, it’s not enough to save the whole movie.

🤔 Ang exciting scene lang dito is the confrontation scene. And after noon, gusto ko na lang matapos na iyong movie.

🤔 Bakit hindi naglilinis ng tainga si Mary Anne (Alex Gonzaga)? Kasi mahirap daw ang buhay sa abroad. Ang dami niyang pinagdaanan… Say what??

🤔Non-sense iyong pag bi-break ni Toni G and Sam Milby sa flashback. I’m not convinced. Parang dapat lang talaga silang mag break para may conflict ang movie.

🤔 ENDING: Again I warned you. This is a major spoiler so if you plan to watch the movie, better skip this altogether. So eto na nga ang ending.  Hindi natuloy ang wedding ni Alex at Sam dahil mas mahal pa ni guy si ate. Pero hindi rin itinuloy ni Toni ang pakikipagrelasyon kay Sam. Umalis na lang si Sam para magpakalayo-layo. Nag reconcile ang magkapatid. 

VERDICT: 5/10. Buti na lang nakakaaliw si Alex G kung hindi mas mababa pa sana ito.