TINATANGKILIK talaga ni Department of Foreign Affairs Teddy “Boy” Locsin ang magagandang pelikulang Pilipino. At hindi pala niya pinalampas panoorin ang blockbuster movie nina Alden Richards at Kathryn Bernardo, ang Hello, Love, Goodbye ng Star Cinema.
Nabasa namin ang review niya sa kanyang Twitter account Teddy Locsin Jr. @teddyboylocsin. Narito ang kanyang review:
- I watched Hello, Love, Goodbye. Thank you for a handkerchief. Not saccharin sentimental. Right from the first line, this is the finest script I’ve ever read – matching situation, characters, moments in flawless synchrony. (I could have done subtitles better here & there.)
- One of the hardest things to full off is a long confession, with the camera on your face as you reel off your small life’s story. (He is not the Venetian warlord Othello, just an OFW). Alden pulls it off without an awkward instant, holding your attention and your heart.
- When it’s Kathryn turn, in a different way, she pulls it off just as freely. I needed the movie starts off as a contest the astonishingly moving performance of Kathryn Bernardo as she kick-starts the movie already believably in character and keeps a grip on it.
- Alden’s first moves fail to take one iota of attention from her because he is in his superficial character, the playboy. She’s too strong.
- But gradually it seems – yet all in just minutes of their encounter – he grows into what she comes on screen in the first stand: a fully developed character. By this time I am waiting for something wrong to happen; something off key. But it doesn’t happen. Just the smooth…
- Unfolding of the characters the two portray. Tears gather at the corner’s of one’s eyes. This is the Filipino abroad; specifically Hong Kong, city of childhood and entire life’s affection. The movie gets it right: this is what life is for Filipinos since independence to now…
- And tomorrow without end. Forget the official bullshit. This the most beautiful love story I’ve ever seen on screen, and they more: it is life story, the story of many lives, and it ends as it has to: inconclusively with the lovely pair standing then sitting precariously….
- On the edge of a precipice and she says, “I’m afraid.” Alden Richards, Kathryn Bernardo, Get up from that rock – careful you might slip – but you don’t throughout this masterpiece, not a slip. Get up and take a bow before grateful audiences the world over.
At bilang panghuli, “Just scratches the surface of a perfect movie with astonishingly fine performances all the more powerful for that. Alden and Kathryn were simply… I don’t know … just Ethan and Joy, hopeless people from a sad country
The world belongs to the young portrayed, symbolized by Alden and Kathryn/Ethan and Joy. Thank you, for the most realistic, no concession as an Artist of Struggle – ever graceful even grateful for the pain. Salamat.”
-Nora V. Calderon