As what the title of this article reads, do not expect any expert opinion about the said film. This is me telling you how it felt watching Love You to the Stars and Back as a normal, regular, film viewer. Actually, a film enthusiast. No, actually a sucker for films.
Let’s go back from the very start. There are two reasons why I watched this film, it’s because it is an Antoinette Jadaone film and it has a good promise. That’s actually more than two because the promise really means the story, the movie poster, movie trailer, and of course, Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto.
Jadaone is one of the filmmakers I look up to right now with works such as Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay, That Thing Called Tadhana, English Only Please, and those Jadine TV series such as On The Wings of Love and ‘Til I Met You. Because let’s be honest, you may not like all of her works entirely, but sure thing is if you watch one, you’ll always see something new and refreshing.
The whole idea of the film seemed fresh as what its marketing suggested. Joshua and Julia already starred together in a film called Vince, Kath and James. But there’s still so much to see and people are still curious about them. I am so sure of the potential of their chemistry that I quickly ran to the theaters after work. No high expectations actually. I was just really interested to see how an expert love storyteller and a promising love team collaboration would turn out to be. It turned out to be a classic.
During the first part of the film, I thought it was just a common story I’ve seen before with boy-meets-girl-and-turns-out-one-of-them-is-terminally-sick-and-will-die kind of plot. But what I like about how the story was crafted is that the style of the filmmaker is very much present in the whole film. It was Jadaone telling A Walk to Remember and The Fault in Our Stars in a Before Sunrise style. She has proven she’s good at this story telling style, in which there are two people doing things together and talking in just a short period of time, with her film That Thing Called Tadhana. I also love the fact that the story has a very strong Pinoy flavour in it with the whole family involvement and Filipino rural life detours. Tasted like home indeed.
The most utterly unforgettable and best scene of the film is that freakin’ dramatic bridge meltdown. It was Joshua blaming the world, God, his estranged father, his sickness and even Julia for all the pain he was feeling right at that moment. And there was Julia being pushed away by Joshua and probably finally realizing the difficulty of trying to give care and love for someone who doesn’t want it, just like what her family was experiencing with her. I do not relate with the things the characters were going through but with such acting from Julia and especially Joshua, you couldn’t help but feel what the characters were feeling. Julia has already come a long way from just being that girl with a pretty face and a famous family name; and this Joshua right now is far from that PBB guy who was only known for flirting. Because admit it, he got on your nerves back then.
So all throughout at the end, I was just there sitting alone in a dark cinema trying to stop the silent crying from becoming a loud sobbing. I never imagined a Star Cinema film would make me feel that way. It was a first and that says a lot.
I left the cinema feeling inspired as a filmmaker, as a hopeless romantic and just a normal person with worries, pain and desire for happiness. I wish more films would make me feel that way. I wish more films would try to tell a simple story in a different way. I wish more actors will affect more people. I wish more filmmakers would always make good films. I wish and wish always the best for the Philippine cinema.
Thank you for a good watch. I’m ready for another one.