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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Movie Review: I Love You To Death


Main Cast: Enchong Dee, Kiray Celis
Director: Miko Livelo
Rating: PG
Released By: Regal Entertainment Inc. 

Not a few have big expectations on this latest movie of young comedienne Kiray Celis  owing to the big success of  her first lead role opposite hunk actor Derek Ramsey via “Love is Blind” not too long ago. Her remarkable performance in that movie still rings, proving that her talent can prevail over lack of physical beauty.

"I Love You To Death" begins with the young Gwen and her childhood friend Tonton (Enchong) having fun while playing bride and groom in their hometown in the province. It was there that they made a vow that their love will be for keeps and that they will marry each other when they grow up.

Fast forward several years after, Gwen has lost contact with Tonton and she has gone to Manila for college where she enjoys the company of friends. She becomes the butt of jokes ‘though among her friends as she is the only one who is single among them.

Gwen is desperate for a boyfriend and wished it on her birthday to have one who will truly love her. Then from out of the blue, Tonton suddenly appears and offers her a marriage proposal. And he wants the wedding asap.

Without giving a hint as to his personal circumstance and sudden appearance, Tonton keeps everybody clueless about him. Except for some vague warning from her friend  who has psychic powers, Gwen is totally baffled about Tonton – but she loves him too much as to ignore everything.

Well, clueless, too, are the viewers who had to keep up with the confusing turn of events and crazy pacing.

The movie is your regular love story that is peppered with random comedy and lots of exaggerations both in acting and the trimmings that go with it with the goal to make an impact – and it did, albeit ridiculously.

Screenplay leaves a lot to be desired, with the story’s direction getting haywire. It’s supposed to be a love story but with nary a developing romance that happened. Instead, for the most part, Gwen’s life merely revolves around her friends where they are mostly in restaurants either eating, partying or just hanging out.

Noticeably, there are scenes that have no bearing to the story at all, seemingly hard to  justify why they are there in the first place.

Still, the viewer who’s armed with tons of patience stays on his seat, wanting to give it the benefit of the doubt, only to get wasted.

It was unfortunate since Kiray has proven herself to be an effective comedienne, could be an Aiai delas Alas in the making. She knows her craft, proud that her talent is bigger than her looks. She exudes such confidence in her Gwen character. Enchong’s unassuming allure would have been perfect for her if only it was played well.

Compared to her first major role in ‘Love is Blind‘, which was also produced by Regal, ‘I Love You to Death’ sadly fails to make the mark.

What it succeeds to convey is that true love will find its way no matter how weird and crazy the journey is – till life after death.  

In support roles are  Janice de Belen, Betong Sumaya, Michelle Vito, Devon Seron, Trina Legaspi, Shine Kuk, the movie is now showing in cinemas.

23 comments:

  1. Ako man nagagalingan ako kay Kiray kahit nakakairita fez niya. Pero kiber na!

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  2. Sana last na ito ni kiray. di siya nakakatawa. At si enchong, feeling leading man. Nakapretentious nila.

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    1. I agree. Wala silang dating!

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    2. nakakaaliw naman si kiray basta bigyan lang ng magandang kwento at Maayos na movie. Unfortunately, this movie is very bad. I watched it and I have to say na mas marami pang cheesy 80's comedy na mapapanood sa Cinema One na nakakatuwa. Yun lang pow. bow.

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  3. This looks really promising! The concept is fresh, Kirai is super funny and the entire cast is perfect! I think this is what people have been waiting for. Quality wholesome movie.

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  4. nako nanood ako dito kanina, apat lang kami sa sinehan. sobrang nakakahiya. last ko na yon.

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    1. eh ano naman kung iilan lang kayo?
      ang tanong, nagustuhan mo ba ung movie?

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    2. 4 lang kayo inside the cinema? Haha!

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    3. Mama meeeeeee 4 tapos nagpalabas Diba 7 kailangan para matuloy kung 4 nevermind pwede irefund...dahil lugi yong sinehan...

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    4. Bakit ka nahihiya? So what if you are just four inside? Gusto mo lang talaga laitin at pahiyain yung stars ng pelikula sa comment mo.

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  5. Sa tutoo lang, ang CHAKA ng movie, Akala ko kahit panu maaaliw ako kc magaling naman ang Kiray, plus andun pa my idol Enchong. Kaya lang, di ko keri ang plot ng movie. Ang gulo, sa tutoo lang.

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  6. The movie is so drastic.walang kilig si kiray at enchang

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  7. Hachung hachu ako kay enchong dito. Aaaaahhhcchhhuuuuuu 😷😷😷

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  8. Napakaganda poster pa Lang ALAM mo ng pulido

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    1. echosera! @ 3:17. Unless sarcastic yang comment mo.

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  9. Watched this yesterday...huhuhu...sana pinambili ko nalang ng new shirt yung pera ko. Sising sisi talaga ako.

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  10. watched this the other day. First day ng screening when I watched at medyo napuno naman ang cinema. PERO!!! Que horror!!! Sana I watched yung romcom Filipino MOvie nalang na palabas pa ngayon instead ito. Parang project lang sa school. Walang kinahinatnatan ang storya. Hindi nakakatawa, hindi nakakatakot, di nakakaaliw. Sayang. True yung review na nakakaaliw naman si kiray sa last movie nya na sya ang lead. Ito wah lang. Kainis

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  11. I was laughing the whole time. I liked it. Kaso medyo morbid. Natakot ako matulog last night. Pero I still wanna watch it coz of Enchong.

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  12. I guess the movie's lackluster ticket sales performance is a vindication that her first movie's success was not solely hers. I for one watched Love is Blind because of Solenn Heusaff and not because of Kiray. Pero Kiray commented on my IG post (of the movie ticket) thanking me for watching "her movie". I was like, "Wait. Why did this girl assumed that I watched the movie because of her?"

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  13. Akala kasi niya kumita Love Is Blind dahil lang sa kanya. Pwede dahil din kay Derek? Solenn? Betong? Maey?

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  14. I really enjoyed the movie...never a dull moment...nakakatawa, nakakatakot at in fairness, no exagg nakakaKILIG!!! Nakakainggit! ang galing galing ni kiray, never thought id enjoy a horror comedy movie na lovestory pa! :)

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  15. This movie looks a lot more fun than the glum ma rosa plus the cast are more genial than the primadonnas of ma rosa!!!

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  16. I like the film. At least pinasaya nya ako.

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