Star Cinema’s 2017 Valentine’s movie is top billed by Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano helmed by box-office director, Cathy Garcia-Molina. How does it fare against previous Star Cinema Valentine movies? See more as we weigh them all in.
PLOT: The film follows the story of Cali a blogger who owns the upcoming blog, “The Bakit List,” and her ex Gio who will return to her life unexpectedly and surprisingly. cheating on her two years ago. With all her pent up anger and frustration from her failed relationship, Cali fuels her creativity by leading a hugot-filled blog called The Bakit List. But then, Gio finds out about Cali’s blog, which prompts him to create his own blog, The Dahil List, to respond to her posts. Their exchanges catch the attention of, well, everyone online, which suddenly makes them internet famous—thus becoming a “social media love team.” Cali and Gio’s unresolved past makes for some interesting turns with their new and very public tandem. And now Gio repented and tries to prove to his ex-girlfriend Cali that he is a changed man. (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Ex_and_Whys)
As looking and merely reading at this short synopsis, we can notice that even though it’s quite familiar, it still sounds interesting. This can be tracked to the catchy yet witty title “My Ex and Whys” or to the heavy on flashback story.
Previous Star Cinema Valentines’ movie include Starting Over Again (2015) and Unofficially Yours (2012). Starting Over Again starred Toni Gonzaga and Piolo Pascual in a very emotional story directed by Olivia M. Lamasan. Unofficially Yours, on the other hand, stars John Lloyd Cruz and Angel Locsin in a very different and very mature film (both emotionally and physically of course) directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina.
A scene from the 2012 movie, Unofficially Yours. //STAR CINEMA
The previous two films proved not just to be big box office success but also garnered big praise from critics and viewers alike. They were both well-acted and well executed with a powerful and solid script. So, how does the Liz-Quen movie stand?
Well, not that great. As much as we love the solid one-liners and plot, it doesn’t necessarily translate to great story telling and cliched moments mainstream Filipino movies tend to have. This is a flaw that even we can’t forgive. The car chasing scene to the airport was overused and could have been easily replaced with something new. Or better yet, a different ending.
Filipinos love good endings. This is a fact that Star Cinema seemingly love to implement in their movies. But people change and they must know and accept it. They have been constantly at it for almost a decade now and even if their movies translate to good box office standings, it doesn’t mean that their movies are unique from one another and provides great longevity to the audience’s memory.
The movie can be great for those looking for an enjoyable experience in the theaters with their loved ones. It can be a great stress soother but be reminded that this is still the same Star Cinema film where the two leads get back together in the end. We all know how these movies go and while they may offer different locations and actors, the old formula still lies within. Though Star Cinema might have found a walk around this issue for their MMFF 2016 entry, Vince and Kath and James, Ex and Whys clings more to the old.
My Ex and Whys is still the same Star Cinema movie only with a fresh new coating of paint. We don’t command you to watch or skip the movie, it’s your own personal choice.