Some movies deserve to be watched in theaters. We want to get our money's worth paying movie tickets so we carefully select which deserves our hard-earned pesos. I joined the premiere of Star Cinema and Viva Films' latest romantic flick The Breakup Playlist. Starring Piolo Pascual and Sarah Geronimo directed by Dan Villegas and screenplay by Direk Tonet Jadaone, I was astounded at the film's value surpassing my friends' expectations. Piolo plays Gino and Sarah as Trixie meet at a band gig for a songwriting camp.
The movie organized with interlaced flashbacks of the relationship was a playlist. With characters that gave me a "Begin Again" feel (only in the beginning), the progression to the conflict was not at all the usual cinematic predictable scenes. Packed with signature real-life circumstances that let you reflect on your own experience at common public places, the movie lured my emotions and owned me. Quoting the slang modern-day teeny expression referring to how we all fall deep in love "papatayin ka", Gino and Trixie got me glued and amused at each kilig terms of endearment, ways of communication (like those that involve using CDs to say what you feel). Piolo Pascual was gripping towards the conflict with tears and facial expressions to get you grab tissues in your bag. I've seen Gino and not Piolo, the guy who lost the spark and fell prey to a groupie. Sarah stepped out of Laida and became the spunky wannabe lawyer/singer Trixie. The lines of Trixie were those I've heard of kids getting in a band. Although Trixie was so far from the proper, sweet and polite Sarah, she was the character we want who eventually rose to pick Gino's lost soul to begin all over again. I loved:1. That ego became the villain and not the characters. How breakup was resolved showing that will can win over ego
2. The songs made me feel how creative and passionate songwriters and producers we have in the country (with real songwriters and musicians who appeared e.g. Jonathan Manalo, Jungee Marcelo, Marion Aunor, Jamie Rivera etc)
3. How every scene was detrimental to the entirety (that grip to get you glued from beginning to end) (hats off to the continuity writers)
4. How the movie effortlessly teaches music appreciation with terms endemic of a"rakista"
5. How it leaves you itching to watch the movie all over again.
Direk Dan and Direk Tonet with the creative genius of Sir Kris Gazmen and the staff undoubtedly surprised us last night and I am already expecting the netizens will keep talking about this film. Thank you Star Cinema and Viva Films and congratulations. The Breakup Playlist is now showing at all cinemas nationwide. Follow @starcinema and @viva_films on Twitter and Instagram for updates on international screenings.