Kita Kita | Movie Review

Synopsis

A blind woman falls in love with a man who uses kindness and humor to make a connection with her.

Thoughts

There has been a lot of hype over this movie these past few weeks. Knowing that this was an Indie movie, it surpassed expectations from the movie goers and has even exceeded beyond its targeted earning.

Adding the raving reviews I’ve read and me as a fan of rom-com movies, I was ecstatic to see this.

I admit that this was not your ordinary Tagalog Rom-Com movie. The story was uniquely written. There may have been some cliche events but that can be overseen.

Honestly, I liked the pace of the movie. There were lots of flash backs. The movie focused on the two main characters: Lea and Tonio. The extreme personality of the leads contributed a lot to how the story lines were delivered.

Tonio is not your typical leading man. His character made the lead a lot more appealing to the audience. He was really funny. Too full of himself. Caring. Sweet. Thoughtful. All the good things a woman could ask for. He just lacked the good looks most women would want for a boyfriend. (Admit it. Women tend to be attracted to the handsome men and would disregard those who aren’t without getting to know them personally.)

Lea, on the other hand, was a bitter woman. She was diagnosed with a temporary blindness. She hates the world. Had been abandoned by her ex fiancee. She has all the reasons to be mad at the world.

The actors portrayed their characters effectively. I can now see why viewers were enamored by the male lead. He was really funny. I can feel his sincerity. He delivered his lines easily. He managed to make me laugh with his dialogues, even the corny ones I guess.

With Lea, I can really feel her emotions. Her pain, her desire to be alone, her misery. She didn’t exaggerate. No unnecessary facial expressions. She exudes the grace and depth of a professional actress. Just honest emotions. Plain and simple.

I also liked the fact that it was mainly focused on the two characters but it still produced a beautiful film.

However, I have a conflicting view of the last 25 minutes of the film.

On the positive note, I could see a man who was returning a favor to someone who had helped him on his worst state. Someone who gave him something to look forward to. Someone who made him realize how good it was to live. Now, if you see it like this, that’s what you call romantic.

On the other hand, it also gave me the creeps. Because as the flashbacks went on and on, I could definitely see that the male lead was a stalker. Now this is alarming not romantic. I hope you see where I’m coming from. (and no, I didn’t base that on Empoy’s looks) That was a realization towards the end of the film.

Overall, Kita Kita, was a good movie. It didn’t live up to my expectations but I enjoyed most of it. It wasn’t your typical story. Something new to offer the moviegoers. It didn’t disappoint. Kudos to the actors and the producers. This has definitely moved up the ante for the Indie movie-makers.

Quotable Quotes

“Mas masakit kung hindi matutupad ang hiling, kaya ‘wag na lang.”

“May mga bagay na kailangan mong paghirapan bago mo makuha.” – Tonyo

“Paano mo malalaman kapag mahal mo na ang isang tao?” – Tonyo

“Kapag nagbago na ang mundo mo….Nag-iiba ang expression ng mukha mo, lumiliwanag ang mukha mo.” – Lea

“’Di mo naman sya kailangang makita, mararamdaman mo naman eh.” – Tonyo

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Baby Driver | Movie Review

Synopsis

After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.

Thoughts

I had high hopes regarding this film since it has gotten a lot of positive reviews in Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB.

It started with Ansel Elgort (playing the Baby Driver) along with some bad looking guys and a woman dressed in a tight clad outfit. Then with a turn of events, it turned out that these people were robbers. Then came police trying to chase them off and the “Baby Driver” just doing his own thing driving the car with those speed drifting stunts without a care in the world while listening to his music loud music.

Honestly, it got me hooked. Well, on the first few minutes I guess.

The movie just failed to establish the characters in such a way that the viewers can somehow connect to them.

Yes, there are a lot of action films lately that drew crowds because of the their fast cars and all that sh*t. I’ve seen a few, and one of those films that truly engaged me as a viewer was the Fast and Furious.

I’m not at all comparing the latter to Baby Driver since it is far different, but it could have at least the components that made the film a very successful franchise.

The movie got some great actors. Man, Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx were there. The good-looking and budding actor, Ansel Elgort was there too.

It’s just that a quarter to the movie and I realized that something just felt off.

Okay, so Baby’s background as a child was told in alternating flashbacks from him. Somehow, I understood why he acts like that. However, by the last minutes of the film, it felt like I was watching the possessed version of him.

Doc, in my opinion, has similar disorder with Baby. Though it’s not mentioned in the movie, I feel like he somehow experienced the same thing Baby experienced that’s why he tried to help him in the end.

I think the only scene that pulled my heartstrings in the movie was when Baby left his foster dad in a home care and recorded all the things his father would need and want.

Aside from those, nothing. Nada. I wouldn’t say the movie was worthless, but it was close to that. It has a nice soundtrack, yeah. But the story sucked bigtime. The characters, as I’ve said weren’t fully developed. I can’t put the blame on the characters alone either. There was just something with the movie that didn’t quite sit with me. I think there was no resolution. I don’t think there was a climax either.

So when my friend ask me how I thought of the movie, I said “It’s okay.” But if you ask me, was it worth the penny I paid? No. Will I watch it again? Probably not.

I’m quite wondering how it got a score like that on IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes.

Silver Linings Playbook | Movie Review

Synopsis

Life doesn’t always go according to plan… Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) has lost everything–his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother (Jacki Weaver) and father (Robert DeNiro) after spending eight months in a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. All Pat’s parents want is for him to get back on his feet–and to share their family’s obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles football team. When Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he’ll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives.

Review

One thing to remember when watching a movie based from a book is to first watch the movie before reading the book. Believe me, the book kind of ruined this movie for me. I expected a lot from this movie and I was a little disappointed because some of the highlights in the book were not included in the movie. Though there are some scenes in the movie which I would love to be included in the book.

THE BOOK VERSUS THE MOVIE

So, 3 minutes into the movie, the scene is already altered. Danny isn’t supposed to be riding with them since he should still be in the bad place and will only go home on Christmas eve.

In the book: Danny was assaulted and his head was whacked by fellow rappers while hitting on a joint.

In the movie: Danny was admitted in the institution because of crystal meth and assault, anxiety disorder.

In the book: Pat’s father is not a touchy touchy person.

In the movie: Pat’s father welcomed him home. He even hugged him.

In the book: Pat doesn’t remember about the incident that resulted to him being admitted to a mental institution.

In the movie: He remembers the incident. He knew why the Kenny G. song triggers his him.

In the book: He spent 4 years in the hospital but he had an amnesia so he thought he was admitted there for just several months.

In the movie: Pat spends 8 months in the hospital.

In the book: When Pat sees Ronnie for the first time, they didn’t acknowledge each other.

In the movie: Pat was the first one to approach Ronnie.

In the book: When they’re running together, Pat and Tiffany don’t talk to each other. Tiffany always waits for him outside his house. She knows his running schedule.

In the movie: Tiffany talks to Pat when they had their first run.

In the book: Jake plays the stock market.

In the movie: Jake works in a firm

In the book: Tiffany is a professional dancer

In the movie: She can dance, but not that good.

In the book: Tiffany and Tommy were married for more than 10 years.

In the movie: They’re married for 3 years and 5 days.

So it’s Pat Solatano in the movie. It’s Pat Peoples in the book.

THE SCENES I LIKED FROM THE MOVIE

The part were Pat complained about the books he read while he comes barraging in his parent’s bedroom is hilarious. I guess that made for a better effect than in what truly transpired in the book since he was basically talking to himself.

The Confrontation Scene at the Diner

The addition of Tiffany confronting Pat’s dad when Pat didn’t attend their practice because he was sent by his dad to watch the eagles game versus the giants. That was fantastic! All those statistics.

I like the fact that they changed the personality of Pat’s father because I kind of hate him in the book. I think he has an Asperger’s Syndrome or something. They toned it down to OCD in the movie.

The chasing part in the end. When Tiffany ran after the dance exhibition. I loved that scene. It was kind of romantic. Pat’s so sweet. That never happened in the book. I would also have wanted that snow scene at the end included in the movie, but it wasn’t.

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Danny’s character in the movie is really funny. I was glad he had more exposure here than in the book. It added an element to the movie.

WHAT I ANTICIPATED TO BE INCLUDED IN THE MOVIE…

The dance exhibition. I was kind of excited for this part because it was really amazing in the book. And the movie kind of ruined it. I always keep on expecting Bonnie Tyler to belt out the turn around…. And of course I thought it was kind of funny imagining Bradley Cooper wearing the yellow tights. I was kind of disappointed because he didn’t wear it in the movie. Though the choreography was kind of funny in the movie.

The football games. I hope they showed more of the football games because it has a big part in the book.

The part where Tiffany was motivating Pat by letting him listen to the song they’re going to use in their dance. That was one of the most emotional parts of the book and I’m saddened because it wasn’t emphasized in the book.

They also failed to show Caitlin, who is Jake’s wife in the book.

Pat’s parents were having marital problems in the book. I like that part because it should have added a bit of drama to the movie. I like the part where his father cooks his own food and washes his own laundry because his mom was on strike. She even wrote a letter to his dad stating her conditions.

THE ACTORS

Bradley Cooper. I guess they should have chosen an actor bigger than Cooper because in the book he was described as having a similar body type with Arnold Schwarzeneger. Though I have no qualms with Cooper having been cast as Pat since he’s once of my favorite actors. I must say that I’m in awe of his performance here. He acted so good. He was known for his comedy movies and I’m surprised he can deliver serious dialogues too. This should have also earned him an award.

Jennifer Lawrence. Jennifer Lawrence is younger than the character in the book. Tiffany should be older by a few years to Pat. But then again, I love Jlaw so no complaints. 😀 Her acting prowess was amazing, especially that scene in the diner where she loses herself. That was truly one of the highlights of this movie. Because of this movie, she garnered her first Oscar’s Best Actress trophy. I haven’t seen the performance of the other nominees but she’s really good in this movie.

Overall, the movie was good. I enjoyed it. I had a good laugh. But, the book is much better than the movie. If you want to fully appreciate the story, be immense in the emotion evoke by Pat’s and Tiffany’s character, you have to read the book.