The new movie of KathNiel is directed by the person who directed 2014’s Bride for Rent. I am very nervous……
Directed by Mae Czarina Cruz-Alviar, Can’t Help Falling in Love is the latest addition to the KathNiel movie list.
Gab (Kathryn Bernardo) just got engaged from her boyfriend of six years, Jason (Matteo Guidicelli). Everything seems to be peachy until a letter claiming she is legally married to a stranger flips her world around. She decides to meet the stranger, Dos (Daniel Padilla), and persuades him to file for separation. But as they attempt to end their “marriage”, a relationship blossoms along the way.
First of all, what I like about the movie is that there truly is great chemistry between Kathryn and Daniel. It is to be expected from a showbiz couple with 5 previous movies and numerous shows in their history. Each kilig moment feels genuine and organic.
The filmmakers obviously utilized drones to take establishing shots, and it looks great. However, the quality of the video is obviously lower.
Most of the humor in the movie work well. However, some of them were cringy given how cliche and predictable the scenes/lines are.
And that brings me to one of my biggest problems with the movie. It is just predictable and cliched.
Of course, Dos and Gab being together is the desirable and predictable outcome, but I’m talking how the scenes would go and the lines would be delivered. Also, the filmmakers need to learn about subtlety. The movie went the A Walk to Remember route, but fails to deliver the plot twist well. It was so on the nose!
In line with this, there are key moments/scenes in the movie that could have benefited if there were no background music (ex. the parking lot scene).
Also, there was a sub-plot with a transgender character that is totally unnecessary.
Lastly, my biggest problem with the movie is the ultra unrealistic reaction of Dos when he learns about the marriage and his actions later on. Though the movie tried to justify it in a very half-baked manner (with only 15 minutes left), it is simply too hard to buy it. Then again, that one might just be me….
Can’t Help Falling in Love is a rom-com movie with genuine chemistry between its co-stars, but even that will not save it from its cliche story and worn out scenes. This is…