Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Diary ng Panget: The Movie

Confession: A couple of years back, I decided to cut way down on the number of films I watch in theaters. But if I do watch a movie in cinemas, it's most likely a Hollywood film. Lately though, the movies I've chosen to fork over money for are Pinoy movies and they are all good films to see.

There was Bakit Di Ka Crush ng Crush Mo, Bride for Rent (both starring Kim Chiu and Xian Lim aka KimXi love team) and Starting Over Again.. I had planned on watching ABNKKBSNPLAKO which starred Jericho Rosales and Andi Eigenmann but I forgot to note down the screening date and since I haven't been going out a lot lately (read here why), I didn't know that it was already in cinemas 'til it was too late.

Well, here's another Pinoy film that I feel is worth watching. This is the trailer I saw on Youtube:



I think the acting was just right. It wasn't over the top or trying hard. It made me laugh actually. I have a feeling this is going to be one cute, feel good movie. Yes, I'm most likely not the target audience of the film but I'm still going to watch this anyway. Plus James Reid is pretty cute. Bet a lot of teen girls will see this movie.


Update: 


Finally watched this in the cinemas with Ryan and Bonsch. And my first impression is right - it is a cute, feel good movie! To be honest, I was almost discouraged from watching it because of the negative reviews I read from Spot.ph and Rappler. Movie critcs said "a lot of the jokes are hampered by drab execution and the romance is killed by dull filmmaking. A lot of what could have been fun and hip is squandered by relentless posturing. It is heavily scored, with a lot of the jokes and the romantic moments drowned by loud melodies of spoiling stingers... Sure it will elicit the necessary shrieks of delight from its target audience, but it will not win new admirers who have an entire library of local formula-based romantic comedies that are done with a lot more finesse and expertise."


 and this:

"For a film based on a young woman's private journal, Diary ng Panget provides very little insight on the modern day troubles of a young adult. Because of the lack of characterization, the resulting lvoe story ends up feeling superficial and unmistakably convenient. Although younger generations have always been represented as carelessly naive in matters of loves, Diary ng Panget makes no attempt at tempering that with any amount of substance. In the end, the young are all depicted as ugly ducklings waiting for their prince charming."

I'm no movie critic and I'm certainly not the target audience of the film neither are my friends (hello, late twenties!) but we had a great time watching this film. It was nakakakilig - James Reid I love you! Ha ha! and the characters' lines were witty!


I liked Viva Films take on this movie. I do believe this is the first romantic comedy I watched under Viva. Previous romcom Pinoy movies I've seen are both from Star Cinema by KimXi - Bakit Di Ka Crush ng Crush Mo? and Bride for Rent and while I loved them both too, Viva's take is quite refreshing for me in the sense that there was no heavy dramatic conflict to the film.

"...any young adult trying to make sense of life, they should know more than anyone that life is much more than just that."  - Oh sure, there is more to life and I'm sure the youth very much know that life is more than just about fighting school bullies, getting rid of acnes, dressing up and getting into a relationship. But come on! Let's face it, when you're young, those things I just mentioned there, for the youth, those are real dilemmas/issues that can be a big deal to them too. Heck when I was a teen, I knew that there was more to life than just that! My Dad always told me that.


My friends and I left the cinemas with a smile on our faces. Even when we were already having dinner, we were still discussing the movie. So if you ask me, is it worth it to watch the film? Hell yeah! Go! Watch it! Ryan and I are even thinking of watching it again.  

I'll leave you with the movie theme song "No Erase". A piece of advice: Don't over think the lyrics. Just listen and for the girls, just drool over James Reid. Quite catchy this song.



James Reid and Nadine Lustre sure have chemistry. I love this love team! I hope they make more movies with these two as a pair. My friends and I are such fans na of Jadine (James Reid + Nadine Lustre)!




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