On the plus facet, the most recent Daniel Padilla-Kathryn Bernardo rom-com, “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Mae Cruz-Alviar, helps the favored couple maintain its “maturing” course of, casting them in roles that require them to transcend “kilig value,” and go for extra advanced character, plot and theme improvement.
Given the display screen love workforce’s reputation and affect, the additional effort as the celebrities slide into their 20s is an efficient and even needed gambit, so kudos for the step-up transfer.
On the opposite hand, the laudable effort has been compromised by scripting quirks and quibbles that sometimes elevate viewers’ eyebrows—and hold them in arch, questioning suspension!
Some issues: Daniel and Kathryn don’t know one another, however at an “event” involving a mayor (Zanjoe Marudo), they each dance and booze up a storm—and find yourself—immediately married to one another (courtesy of the equally inebriated and wacko mayor)!
That feels like a probably promising albeit wildly loopy plot premise—however, the best way it’s developed raises extra questions than much-needed solutions:
First, after recovering from their humongous hangovers, it seems that each Kathryn and Daniel promptly overlook in regards to the prompt “wedlock”—till the wedding certificates arrives later, simply as Kathryn is about to get engaged to her BF of six years (Matteo Guidicelli).
Naturally, that throws an enormous wrench into Kathryn’s new marital plans, which is why she strikes heaven and earth to find Daniel and get their prompt wedlock—unlocked!
Later, of course, they understand that they’re truly meant for one another, in order that they find yourself letting Fated Love take its course, as it does so usually in native “fantasy love” flicks.
But, is that every one there’s to it? Do viewers simply sappily journey together with the “crazy” and “fantasy” proceedings? Sadly, all these unanswered questions get in the best way of the empathetic storytelling, and viewers get up all too quickly—with a thud.
First, the truth that the leads get roaring drunk, immediately married and promptly overlook all about it says an entire lot about them as individuals.
The movie takes time to characterize Daniel and Kathryn as loving and lovable people who’re doted on by their respective households. But, in the event that they’re such blithe and irresponsible drunkards and “donker-donker” prompt amnesiacs—what’s there to like?!
To be capable to provide you with a wild and loopy plot idea, the manufacturing compromises its protagonists an excessive amount of to nonetheless “deserve” viewers’ consideration and empathy.
They’re made to behave so crazily and irresponsibly that every one self-protective individuals ought to keep away from them just like the plague!
Other detrimental penalties born out of extreme eccentricity abound, pulling the movie additional downwards. That’s a pity, as a result of the leads do have occasional “moments” through which they stretch their thespic horizons to some extent.
But, their characters’ fundamental “craziness” is simply too large a flaw to mitigate in opposition to. So, the in any other case creditable “young-adulting” gambit needs to be deemed a failure as a consequence of defective scripting.
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