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'Walang Forever' surprises with genre twist

Jericho Rosales and Jennylyn Mercado’s confrontations are the best portions of the film.

'Walang Forever' surprises with genre twist-Maureen Marie Belmonte
Maureen Marie Belmonte

Twitter: @MissHappyWriter


12/26/2015 12:24 PM
'Walang Forever' surprises with genre twist
122615-WALANGFOREVER_main.jpgDirector Dan Villegas's Walang Forever has romantic-comedy darling Jennlyn Mercado working opposite Jericho Rosales for the first time.

The initially beautiful love story of screenwriter Mia, played by Jennylyn, and application developer Ethan, played by Jericho, had an unexpected turn after making a series of bad decisions that eventually led to their falling out.

Through the help of their friends, the two eventually met and continued what they thought was already a “finished” love story. But just when things are getting better for the ex-lovers, destiny stepped in and tested the two anew.

The film's strength, without a doubt, lies in the impeccable acting of the lead stars who perfectly embodied the common evolution of a couple who were once in love to scorned and bitter individuals who are both yearning for their much needed closure.

While Jericho's cute scenes were quite noticeable, he shone the brightest during the emotionally-charged confrontations with Jennylyn set in the Philippines and especially in Taiwan. The MMFF 2014 best actress, for her part, supplied the expected overflowing charm and witty punch lines that made up the light portions of the film.

Although the film's conflicts were a little typical among romance flicks such as pride and misunderstanding, the movie’s script and the way director Dan presented and "divided" them in such a way that is coherent with Mia's core—that is movies and scripts—made it unique.

The film even had small clips in it with the participation of a bunch of known teen stars like Yves Flores, Yanna Asistio, Jane Oineza, Khalil Ramos, Sofia Andres, Jon Lucas, and Michelle Vito.

The mini films also included the participation of husband and wife Jason Francisco and Melai Cantiveros, Toto stars Sid Lucero and Liza Dino, as well as Maja Salvador and Derek Ramsay.

The scenes, especially the confrontations and the lines thrown by Ethan and Mia, were executed with so much intensity that only reflects the depth of experience of both lead stars when it comes to dramatic scenes as well as the vision of the screenwriter. 

The comedy scenes were a little sparse and certain moments dragged onand led to certain confusions but they were eventually remedied as the story progressed and showed why such parts were shown in the first place.

Without spoiling the "twist" in the film, overall, the movie could very well be in its own genre. Its powerful cast and script would definitely tug at heartstrings and bring familiar questions about what one person would be willing to do and give in order to achieve their version of a "forever."