ON VODKA, BEERS, AND REGRETS (Irene Villamor, 2020)

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SPOILER ALERT!!

Parang dito dapat nilagay ang subtitle na Not A Love Story. It felt deeply personal to me. Pakiramdam ko bff ko si starlet Jane (Bela Padilla) at sobrang helpless ko habang pinapanood siya battling her substance abuse issue.

Gusto ko din that Francis (JC Santos) was literally a supporting character. JC took a back seat this time around and helped Bela shine even more. It might be their nth pairing pero undeniable talaga ang chemistry nila. Very real-life couple ang kulitan at tinginan.

I wonder if nag-storyboard sina Direk Irene at cinematographer niya before shooting this film. Ramdam ko kasi na pinag-isipan ang framing ng bawat eksena na kahit yung abstract painting (Who’s the artist? Ang ganda!) sa room ni Jane may sinasabi when seen next to her (or maybe not at gusto ko lang lagyan ng meaning).

Ang only gripe ko lang is medyo rushed yung ending. Hindi ko nakita si Jane na nagdurusa sa rehab ala Sandra Bullock sa 28 Days. Gusto ko sana maging part ng kanyang recovery lalo na that “love isn’t always the answer”. Hindi naman talaga love lang ang sagot sa alcoholism problem, but it sure would be nice to have someone to love you and hold your hand during the entire healing process.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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