Starting Over Again
DIRECTION: Olivia M. Lamasan
PRODUCTION: Star Cinema
Love is such a complicated matter to even write (that I don't even know how to start). I grew up watching romantic movies in the 90's up until now but I was not really a big fan of going to the cinemas to watch local films. Local films (in the Philippines) usually constitutes of classic romance that depicts the traditional Romeo and Juliet or the happy ever after kind of story. This time though was a different experience because one time I was out for a movie with my ever loving bf, I saw a trailer that captured my attention. It was played by Piolo Pascual (Marco), Toni Gonzaga (Ginny) and Iza Calzado (Patty). Last night somehow I was able to convince my boyfie to watch the movie with me out of curiousity and with the power of social media's word of mouth. It started out perfectly well because my co-audience weren't that noisy and annoying, we were seated accordingly and the movie began on time.
First up, the common thrill of starting to be in love was felt between Marco and Ginny. Ginny was a college architecture student and Marco was a History professor in the same university. Marco noticed Ginny when she keeps on yelling in front of the people "I love you Sir Marco!" together with her supportive friends. She even gave roses and a sketch of her and Marco in front of a fountain during valentines day. It was Christmas when Marco said yes to her proposal through a letter she sent out to him telling him of her intentions while she was not considered to play the role of Mama Mary in the play ('twas hilarious). The screenplay shows mostly of flashback memories of the two lovebirds when at that time Ginny was celebrating her 30th birthday received a letter from 2004 through letterlater.com from her ex-boyfriend, Marco and him (together with his business partners) gave a project to restore and transform Marco's ancestral house. Most of the scenes were unpredictable which makes the movie interesting to watch. The question that was running out of our minds was how did the two broke up on the present scene. At the climax on the story, Ginny explained to Marco why she left him 4 years ago because she was afraid Marco will only settle for simpler things like her dad and she had dreams for herself with which she refused to marry him and instead flew to Barcelona to do further studies. In the end, the desperate Ginny wanted to have Marco back and confronted Patty (Marco's current girlfriend) how sure she was to be with Marco and to top that she even insisted Patty to break up with him. Towards the decision-making time of Marco of who to chose between his past and present girl, I was literally squeezing my boyfriend's arms hoping Marco will make a logical and even decision even if on his character you can really tell he was confused. The ending of the story was a two thumbs up because finally, in a very long time a local film caught my interest of a practical love story. Choosing was not the cure, hence it was closure between the two main parties (Marco and Ginny). Closure for them to live a life that is more mature, and to stand up for the life they chose to live. Marco proposed to Patty and Ginny moved on anew with her exciting single life. Piolo gave life to a manly character that is mature to the audience, Toni's acting ability embodied in the film is a lot better than her previous films (loved her humor), and Iza on her character, perfectly delivered a woman with modern elegance and grace.
Yes, it was not the typical happy ending for the two main characters, rather it was a modern happy ending. I was glad that the producers and filmmakers have grown up so much that they constantly are improving in making "realistic" films. I salute all the people who made this interesting film possible and I hope they continue to do more of this, a movie with morale and right judgment (as per boyfie).
Love doesn't have to be so complicated only so if both parties won't make it as such. Love is all about respect, understanding and trust. You cannot and never undo the past and unlove someone but you can always move on and forgive. Never compare your past with your present and your future, rather make your experiences a lesson to be a positively growing person everyday, for you always have a brighter future ahead of you. Learn how to put a label on your feelings towards people that greatly affect you. What kind of love is this? What kind of attraction is this? What drives me to choose this? Create a closure to be fair and think a million times before you decide and stand up for your choices. Well, decisions in life always entail a sacrifice but in my own point of view, love only comes once in a lifetime but careers can pass you on and on. Once you find love that can make you grow and fulfill your dreams, no matter how many mistakes or failures that is you should never let love go, because when all else fails, love (in many forms) is always and always there to see us through.
Film Rating: 9/10
Yay or Nay: Yay
Starting Over Again Movie Passes (Ayala Center Cebu)