Star Cinema’s 16th Anniversary offering And I Love You So gave a very promising impression before its initial screening. The trailer had a lot to say and no doubt it had promoted the movie very well. The eye-catching beach sceneries, beautiful and quotable dialogues, Sam and Derek’s abs and Bea Alonzo in two-piece for the first time on screen are good and enough reasons to watch And I Love You So. But that was it. The movie is left with nothing more to say.
Lara (Bea Alonzo), a preschool teacher and owner, seem to have a perfect life when she married her boyfriend for 5 years, Oliver (Derek Ramsay). 5 months after, that perfect life ended when Oliver died of aneurism on her 24th birthday. Life has become difficult for her after then. Seven months after Oliver’s death, she meets Chris (Sam Milby), a promiscuous young man who is also suffering from the loss of his spouse. They become friends and try to help each other move on. Conflict opens when their friendship develops into a deeper emotional attraction and Lara is reluctant to let go of her past – a perfect life with Oliver.
The story is fresh to begin with. For now I can’t think of any local movie with a similar plot. The conflict is very simple and it could have been an opportunity for the writers and director to have more focus on the development of the characters. Characterization lacks conviction. I can’t totally feel the character’s emotions despite the cast’s good acting and their moving dialogues.
The thought of having a dead Oliver appear and talk in Lara’s mental picture is not a good idea. Though it reiterates Lara’s attachment to him, it still looks ridiculous and funny. It reminded me of P.S. I Love You where a dead Gerry (Gerard Butler) appears in his wife’s vision. He doesn’t talk in the movie though.
Bea Alonzo proves how good she has become as an actress in this film. She did not only expose her hard earned curves here but also her acting prowess that sets her above the other actresses of her generation..
The leading men are not as impressive as Bea. Sam still has more room for improvement especially his Tagalog so he’ll have the chance to play more roles than just a Tisoy or a Balikbayan dude. Derek is neither good nor bad as Oliver. His acting is as plain as usual.
Coney Reyes’ award winning acting seems unfelt as she plays Oliver’s mother. And I don’t blame her for that. The character just came out of the blue after her son’s death so I find trouble sympathizing with her. Nikki Gil’s role seems a little more than a cameo while that of Maricar Reyes is remarkable. She’ll make a good character actress in the future. Candy Pangilinan, Cacai Bautista and the preschool kids did very well in supplying comic relief in the movie.
The trailer may have said everything the movie has to tell, but you would surely miss the kilig moments, the beautiful sceneries, and Bea’s sexy body if you won’t go and watch it at the cinema near you.
Rating: * * *