‘One Great Love’ review: Unexpected twist of love and heartbreak

One Great Love propels love-hate feels with an amazing story played out by remarkable performances of Kim Chiu, Dennis Trillo, and JC De Vera.

‘One Great Love’ revolves around the story of Zyra Paez (Kim Chiu), whose relationship with Carl Mauricio (JC de Vera) has failed. She decides to give their relationship one more try but soon finds herself filled with doubt over her life choices. It then makes her life both happy and sad. The situation gets even more complex when her best friend Ian Arcano (Dennis Trillo), a heart doctor, who later becomes her confidante, leaves to decide if he indeed is ‘the one’ for her. It’s a story of how a relationship works and how to find the meaning of one great love.

The film intends to help the viewers understand what one is willing to do when it comes to love. It shows the struggles of characters who are willing to take risks just to be with the ones they consider as their great love. The story is mixed with a lot of twists and hugot, to which viewers can relate. It’s surprising to see unexpected turns which are not apparent in any of its trailers.

Supporting the three lead stars are are some notable characters. There’s Dante (Eric Quizon), Zyra’s father, who has never gotten over his one great love, but soon discovers a second chance in love through Annie (Niña Dolina), his second wife, who is also a firm believer that there is such a thing as ‘one great love.’ Jemi (Miles Ocampo) is Zyra’s practical-thinking sister who challenges the latter’s view on love. Then there’s Bryan Gomez (Marlo Mortel), a loving guy who falls in love with Jemi.

Writer Gina Marissa Tagasa and director Eric Quizon are able to collaborate in weaving an accessible love story geared to stir emotions from start to finish. There are many scenes filled with kilig feels and there are those that would make you switch on which of the two guys to root for—all of which are cleverly framed by the film’s director of photography, Mo Zee. Plus, its choice of theme song, “Dating Tayo” by TJ Monterde (which is personally handpicked by Kim Chiu herself), matches the overall atmosphere of the movie.

Kim, Dennis, and JC level up there acting skills as they relay believable performances.

Kim has gone a long way and has finally veered from her usual antics by having a more mature portrayal. She had a couple of love scenes with Dennis and JC respectively—something fans could look forward to watching out for. In an interview, Kim confessed that she found it very challenging to pull off these scenes. It’s good to see that the final product has shown her versatility as an actress.

Her screen partners have different approaches. Dennis leaves a solid impact amidst his minimalistic approach. He connects well with Kim and forms a remarkable chemistry with her on screen. On another hand, JC plays well as a ‘good’ looking guy, despite my uncomfortable feeling with the choices made by his character.

Regal Entertainment’s ‘One Great Love’ is easily an entertaining entry to this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival with its relatable stories of love and heartache.

4 out of 5 stars

One Great Love is produced and distributed by Regal Entertainment Inc. Starring Dennis Trillo, Kim Chiu, JC de Vera, Marlo Mortel, Miles Ocampo, Niña Dolina, and Eric Quizon. Written by Gina Marissa Tagasa. Directed by Eric Quizon.

WATCH: Teaser for ‘One Great Love’ tangles Kim Chiu, Dennis Trillo, JC de Vera

Regal Entertainment, Inc. has just unveiled the first teaser for ‘One Great Love,’ an official entry to the upcoming 2018 Metro Manila Film Festival. Starring A-listers Dennis Trillo, JC de Vera, and Kim Chiu, it will be shown in cinemas nationwide starting December 25.

We all wish that we find our One Great Love in this lifetime with whom we hope to spend the rest of our lives with. But are we willing to make the sacrifices and go through all the pain to attain it and keep it? Is our One Great Love provided by destiny or do we get to choose?

Every year, Regal Entertainment, Inc., creates an entry/entries to the annual film festival to adhere to its commitment in bringing quality entertainment for moviegoers. This Christmas, the film production outfit is bringing together a stellar cast from two major TV networks to breathe life to one great movie, entitled One Great Love.

The romance drama film, a hugot – bangon film, tackles a subject that everybody is highly familiar with and which we can all relate to: love and relationships. The story tackles about love, which remains to be one of the greatest mysteries up to this day. Falling in love with someone is one thing, but staying in love with that person is another story.

Kim shows a different side of her in this movie. Mainly known for tackling romantic-comedy roles in movies, Kim goes out of her comfort zone and portrays another mature character. The bubbly bungisngis Kim Chiu will not be seen in Zyra, her character in the movie. She is expected to have love scenes in this film.

ABS-CBN premier artist Kim Chiu portrays the role of Zyra Paez, a woman fortunate enough to know and be with her one great love.

JC portrays the role of Carl Mauricio. Carl’s turbulent past has left a scarred, and in the process, keeps hurting the woman who did nothing but love him over anything else.

Kapuso dramatic actor Dennis is Dr. Ian Arcano, a heart doctor who firmly believes in the sanctity of family and keeping it that way. Ian is a dependable friend to Zyra, but then eventually falls in love with her.

The lives of Zyra, Carl, and Ian are intertwined with one another in a story that reveals to us that like every human being, we all seek for love, but our views about it differ.

“Magagaling lahat dito umarte. Baka makakuha sila ng awards. Totoong magagaling. Maganda ang pelikula para sa pasko. One Great Movie to watch out for,” says matriarch Mother Lily Monteverde.

The movie helps us understand ourselves through the characters: are you the type to cling to someone you love no matter what or are you willing to let it go for someone you love?

The film also stars Eric Quizon portraying Dante Paez, Zyra’s loving father, who never got over of his One Great Love, discovers that he deserves a second chance at love. Nina Dolino as Annie Paez, Dante’s second wife, who is a firm believer that One Great Love exists. Miles Ocampo is Jemi Paez, sister of Zyra and who is mature for her age. She is a practical thinker, who challenges Zyra’s view about love. Marlo Mortel is Bryan Gomez, a loving free-spirited guy who falls in love with Jemi.

Directed by Eric Quizon, One Great Love opens in cinemas on December 25.

MOVIE REVIEW: All You Need is Pag-ibig (2015)

All You Need Is Pag-ibig

In the Q&A of one screening of her first film Six Separation from Lilia Cuntapay early this year, Antoinette Jadaone mentioned that she will not get tired of doing romantic comedy projects because she knows she is meant for this genre. True enough, the energy never falters for the young director who knows how to tug at the heartstrings of the Filipino audiences.

Jadaone has been on a roll since last year with one movie project after another. Her most successful feat to date is her directorial and penning merits for Cinema One Originals’ That Thing Called Tadhana starring Angelica Panganiban and JM De Guzman. This year, she smoothly transitioned to the local tube with On the Wings of Love starring James Reid and Nadine Lustre. In her first  Metro Manila Film Festival entry, she managed to bring out many forms of love from a powerhouse ensemble through All You Need is Pag-ibig.

Calling to mind Love ActuallyAll You Need is Pag-ibig tells the interconnected stories of different people who fall in and out of love.

In the media setting, after breaking down in a live TV guesting, Love (Kris Aquino), a love advice guru who has been hosting her own show for fifteen years, flies to Coron in Palawan where she accidentally meets Dom (Derek Ramsay). In the workplace setting, we have Mel (Jodi Sta. Maria) who has a crush on her heartbroken boss Eric (Ian Veneracion).

The young ones and the young at heart have two separate stories. Anya (Kim Chiu), with her high school sweetheart Dino (Xian Lim) pretends to be successful during a high school reunion; and on the other hand, we have Loisa (Nova Villa) who feels that her husband, Jaime (Ronaldo Valdez), has been neglecting her and asks that they part ways.

A forgettable link to Kim’s character is the kid she tutors (Bimby Aquino Yap).  On the side, we see a lonely heart in Corina (Pokwang) who takes care of twins Kelsey and Hannah (Talia and Julia Concio).

Not everything is as interesting as the whole idea of earnestly looking into different forms of romantic love across different ages. Two stories work the best among the lot: that of Jodi-Ian and that of Nova-Ronaldo. The sparks are consistently there, regardless of the contrasting tone of their stories. The blossoming love story in the office is well-suited for Jodi and Ian, whose pairing is fresh off the TV drama Pangako Sa ‘Yo. The withering love story between the characters of Nova and Rolando effectively touches the heart albeit reminiscent of the similarly-themed 1st Ko si Third  where Nova plays the lead role.

Apart from the two given highlights, it can be easily considered that other scenes serve as breathers in between those portions that are so amusing to string along with. Kris exudes a different “Kris Aquino” which is very far from her usual loud, obnoxious take on her characters. It’s nice to see Derek without his shirt on but it pretty much sums up as a requirement for the films he has been doing. Had Herbert Bautista’s original inclusion to this project materialized, there could have been a better story for Kris to follow through, if not merely a comedy relief. The Kim-Xian tandem does not work as much as their story demands with two of them confined in stereotypical delivery of young adult personalities. Pokwang’s solitary condition is not as affecting as in her previous roles like in A Mother’s Story.

For whatever it lacks in its narrative, the film compensates with fascinating cinematography, making it impossible not to take notice of the beauty of the locations as well as the keenness in designs.

Ultimately, All You Need is Pag-ibig might not be the strongest among the works of Jadaone. However, it renders with the singular vision of showcasing various stories through voices that need to be heard by its audiences–fans or not of the romance genre. There is more to see in Jadaone as a television and movie director but it would be beneficial for her to take some time off her comfort zones. Who knows, there could  be a wider landscape ahead just waiting to be discovered.

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