If I tell you who I went with (and what I went through) just to see this movie, you probably won't believe me. But I'll tell you anyway if only to prove how much people hate Sam Milby.
I asked all of my friends. Or, at least all of those who I ask to see movies with me. And they all said NO. They didn't even think about it. The mere mention of the movie title was enough to get them to roll their eyes and look at me like I'd grown extra limbs. No person in the right mind would watch a Sam Milby movie. Especially if he's the real lead and not just a supporting character like in Close to You. I probably wouldn't have wanted to watch it myself, except, the director is the same as that of Close to You and Bcuz of U (Cathy Garcia-Molina), and some of the writers are the same as those who made All About Love. And those were pretty good movies. So you see my dilemma, and why I was brought to desperate measures.
I watched this movie with my friend, and her Mom. And her brother and her sister, too. As if I was a freaky adopted daughter. Oh yeah, it's such a pride-swallowing activity. Luckily, it was worth it.
You Are the One, although not quite as romantic as I expected, and a bit too dramatic for my taste, has just enough comedy that can make the whole process of seeing it entertaining, and even enjoyable.
Nevermind how it's not believable that someone as young and as "cute" (in other people's opinion and not mine because I don't think he's cute at all.) as Will (Milby) is a US Embassy Consul, and that it's just too much of a coincidence that Sally (Toni Gonzaga) just had to be the one NSO employee who handles the exact case that Will has. It's a movie and like I keep saying, of course it has to be larger than life, and semi-unbelievable.
So you can also just forget about how convenient it was for them to have gone to Pampanga on the exact day that the province had a fiesta and how they were suddenly so involved in all of the town's events. And let's not anymore criticize how cheesy it is to reserve an entire restaurant for their first date.
Instead, let's notice how it was able to give a better portrayal of the migration issue in the Philippines; better than Can This Be Love, anyway. Or how in the end, it was good that they pointed out that the only ones to blame for people who are in relationships that don't work are themselves. And how it showed that you have to fix your own issues with yourself first, before you can love another person, and all that.
I'm not looking forward to seeing another Sam Milby film, and I don't really have any remarkable comments for Toni Gonzaga either, but I'm glad I watched this movie. Hope 'ya do, too! :)
Posted at 04:06 pm by miriyammqx
September 17, 2006 09:25 PM PDT
yup, it's really me. :-)
a friend was surfing the net for reviews of the movie and your blog came up in the search. she gave me the link. that's how i got here then ... and now, i'm back here again. hahaha! :-)
thank you for believing in us new writers. i also hope that you take the time to watch star cinema's next release, "first day high," which was written by another young writer, jade castro. very witty dude. :-)
and thank you for the promise of support for our future endeavors. we in the film industry really need the support of individuals such as yourself who are, at the very least, willing to troop to the cinemahouse, forego all notions of supposed "jologs-ness," and watch our films attentively, even if there is a foreign movie playing that same day.
and BTW, yes -- there REALLY are US Vice Consuls as young as Will Derby. we did our reserach, promise. :-) as for the cheesiness of the restaurant dance scene, well ... i'll reserve that story for a personal meeting, should that ever happen. hahaha! :-)
thanks once again.
September 12, 2006 01:30 PM PDT
hi! i think i recognize your name from the credits when i researched on this movie to look for pictures. is it really you? :P
i can't believe you commented on my page! (how'd you find it? :P) thanks so much! XD
(and though you may not find your way here again, anything can happen, right?)
it's not a problem to write a positive review when the movies are getting better and better. i guess my opinion, as an audience, would be that "pinoy screenwriters have become a lot smarter than most critics or producers give them credit for." hehe. ;)
good luck on all the next movies! i'll surely be watching! even if i have to see it with my friend and her mom again (though i certainly hope not). hehe. :P
September 9, 2006 08:55 AM PDT
hi. someone directed me to your blog. i am so pleased and humbled that you thought the pride-swallowing torture you went through to see this movie was worth it. :-)
as one of the film's writers, i was pleasantly surprised that a lot of people saw beyond the love story. just goes to prove true my long-standing opinion that the pinoy audience has become a lot smarter than most critics or producers give them credit for.
thank you for watching the film and for the positive review. :-)
thanks too for the positive review of "all about love." was tickled pink that you liked the second episode best. the "kalesa" episode was co-written with carmi, who is also one of the writers of "you are the one."
may there be more pinoy moviegoers like you who appreciate philippine cinema, and who through the written word and modern technology, continue to challenge filmmakers to produce quality films worthy of the audience's time, money and effort. :-)