Saturday, November 10, 2012

Suddenly, It's Magic: Lots of "Kilig" Moments from Mario Mauer and Erich Gonzales

I watched "Suddenly, It's Magic" yesterday. The film has an airy feel, sort of thin adaptation of "Notting Hill" and also reminded me of "Becoming Jane" especially when Jane freed Tom Lefroy half-waythrough their elopement  

You'll appreciate the restrained and subtle acting here from Mario Mauer, that his fans had come to love since "Love of Siam" and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love". Erich Gonzales holds her own, but it's Joros Gamboa and Tweety De Leon that steals most of the scene. I just felt Cacai, who is a pers

onal favorite from the TV5 comedy sitcom "Ang Darling Kong Aswang," was pretty much underused in this film.. Mauer's Filipino maid played by veteran comedian Joy is a delight!

If the amount of "kilig" moments is the barometer, this film will definitely be successful in the box office. My female companion had lots of laugh and "pisil" moments much to the detriment of skinny frame. Mario Mauer, with his his expressive eyes and easy smile, triumphantly elicit shrieks from a bunch of females in front of us. I couldn't help but smile along.

I appreciate the locale, which is Ilocos Norte. It doesn't feel like a travelogue because each location is wrapped well in the narrative, given its own relevance to general plot. Particularly well-done is the use of the local language ("Ilocano") because it provided some cinematic irony, and local flavor (it does not feel like its anywhere 'America'). 

Good movie, light and airy (but by Jove! Let's stop it withthe mistress/kabit plot or subplot please). Here's the trailer for the movie:

1 comment:

DarKScoRpioN said...

Crazy little thing called love full movie has got to be one of the greatest thai movies of all time. Love the story of nam and shone, acted by Baifern Pimchanok and Mario Maurer. Hope there would be a sequel to this movie.

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