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'Way Back Home' is a good combination of a touching story and a powerful cast

Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes make use of their dramatic prowess and mass appeal in their launching movie 'Way Back Home.'

BY RACHELLE SIAZON

FRESH SCOOPS

8/18/2011 9:22 AM
'Way Back Home' is a good combination of a touching story and a powerful cast


081811-wayback_main.jpgThe movie Way Back Home tells the story of how a family was torn apart because the mother (Agot Isidro) stopped caring about anything else except for her missing daughter Joanna (Kathryn Bernardo). As a result, Jessica (Julia) grew up embittered by the fact that her accomplishments in school are not enough to bring back her mom’s zest for life. Until one day, they unexpectedly cross paths with Joanna and their family becomes complete again. But instead of being happy about it, Jessica’s insecurities get the best of her as Joanna wins over not only their mother’s love but even the affection of their schoolmates’ as well. How long will the rivalry between the two last? When will Jessica stop punishing Joanna for her miserable childhood?

It’s a simple enough storyline and one that is used many times before in Philippine movies and soaps. Nevertheless, the dramatic prowess and mass appeal of both Kathryn and Julia prove to be a refreshing treat to moviegoers. Those who have watched the movie can’t help but shed tears every time their characters go through heart-rending circumstances. Aside from the big confrontation scene between the two during a school retreat, Kathryn particularly shines when she has a heart-to-heart talk with Agot, asking permission for her to go back to her family in the province. She is endearing all throughout the film and shows great promise as a certified dramatic actress. Julia, on the other hand, wows audience with how easily she transforms from a rebellious teenager to a loving daughter and sister in the movie. One of her notable scenes is the part where she finally voices out her long-buried resentments to her mother.

Although Julia and Kathryn don’t necessarily need a love team to make the movie work, viewers who are looking for a romantic angle won’t be disappointed at all. Enrique Gil and Sam Concepcion proved to be great additions to the cast since they established on screen chemistry with Kathryn and Julia, respectively. The two pairs even complement each other with Kathryn and Enrique's cheesy but sweet encounters together with Julia and Sam’s love-hate relationship in the film.

All in all, Way Back Home is a must-see film that’s not only value for money but is also good entertainment for viewers of any age.