Sunday, February 28, 2010

Miss You Like Crazy


Love the poster. The title is from the theme song again, but that song is simply nostalgic and an easy LSS material, so whatever. Is it just a coincidence that Bea and John Lloyd's last two movies are more on the drama side of the rom-com spectrum, while Sarah and John Lloyd's first two movies lean more on the comedy side? Or are they just taking advantage of each of the pair's strengths? Perhaps they should do a Bea - JLC - Sarah movie. That would surely make a killing at the tills. Just wondering, though not a bad idea, right?

The Sid Lucero narration is weird but easily recognizable as his. He does have an involvement in the movie, as he appears near the end, but his role is not that crucial for him to gain the right to narrate the whole story.

The whole pentel-on-the-rock thing is a good shout out to the old days when SMS and FB were just part of an ambitious dream of the future. It would be cool to see people in the Metro doing that, but it would be inconvenient to bring a backpack full of smooth rocks. They would not even let you in the MRT because you might use it as a weapon, hahaha. Cool.

It is refreshing to see a "lukring" Bea, for a change. She is a bit unbearable in her last movie, in which she did nothing but cry and cry and cry. Her chemistry with John Lloyd has not wavered at all onscreen, even three years after their last movie together. John Lloyd, on the other hand, continues to exhibit his awesome acting chops in drama. And he looks Malaysian too in that park scene in KL. Maybe he should learn Bahasa Malaysia and do some crossover roles, like what Christian Bautista is being asked to do in Indonesia.

Maricar Reyes becomes the latest victim of Cathy Garcia Molina's wig fetish. But no matter how fake the wig looks like, the woman is still a looker. Some people are just born pretty. It is also interesting to note how her young showbiz career has defied convention. Scandals usually bring down the celebrity involved in it, but here she is with roles left and right. The girl could act, fairly well for a beginner. Perhaps that is the reason behind the resilience.

It is quite innovative how the director plays with the blocking. There are a few scenes that stand out because of the position of the characters onscreen, like the ping pong scene where Maricar and JLC are on extreme opposite sides of the table. Another one is where JLC and Maricar are on different rooms of the house but are on the same shot, divided only by the frame of the door. It is a creative way of showing contrast.

"Sayang" is a word in Bahasa Melayu used to show affection to a loved one. Just an FYI because some people in the cinema were asking. It does sound a bit weird because in Tagalog it has a different meaning.

The title already gives away the story, as well as the ending. The ending is simple, which some people might interpret as lacking because it seems downplayed, rather similar to what they did in Paano Na Kaya. There is no definitive "happy ending" event but you just know that that's it.

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