Napuwing lang ako, Ma

Alone/Together is a 2019 romance film (marketed as a Valentines Day film) produced by Black Sheep and distributed by Star Cinema, with Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil as the lead stars. The two previously starred in 4 films, namely, She’s the One, Just the Way You Are, Everyday, I Love You, and My Exs and Whys, and 2 teleseryes, their hit that captured the hearts of many – Dolce Amore and their latest – Bagani.

Antoinette Jadaone, the director, opened the film with such emphasis with the famous phrase, “Never Forget” but as the story progressed I realized that it was promising in the beginning but it got really frustrating until the end (basically after the scene where Christine (Liza), a volunteer art enthusiast guide with big dreams met Raf (Enrique), an aspiring doctor). As a local film enthusiast, I have watched a couple of Jadaone’s films and from what I remember and based from what I’ve noticed, she tends to dig deeper and she helps the audience connect with her characters to the point that it’ll feel like you’re sharing the screen with them. But this film disappointed me in ways that I could never imagine.

The cinematography of the film was underwhelming and the transitions were not executed properly. The film showcased the different museums located in New York City, but to say that I was disappointed with the shots would be an understatement. It was so fast-paced you couldn’t even appreciate the art works properly, it felt like they just wanted to put it there just for the sake of literally putting it there. I have always wanted to visit different museums in New York and once I’ve learned that they shot a couple of scenes in these museums sparked my interest but was let down.

The trailer of the film went viral in different social networking sites and it sparked the curiosity of many including me. There were many fans who created theories of their own based on the trailer. But the film was different from what everyone imagined. The film normalized and romanticized cheating and no one saw it coming. Also, as an aspiring filmmaker I am frustrated as to why they need to normalize and romanticize such things!!

But one scene that warmed my heart was between Christine and her mom. The way they comforted each other with tight hugs and comforting words made my heart ache in a good way (and maybe a bit in bad way). My greatest takeaway from the movie is that no matter how tough life gets our parents will always be there through and through.

˙˚ʚ(´◡`)ɞ˚˙ Myka ˙˚ʚ(´◡`)ɞ˚˙

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