When I found out Vilma Santos had a new movie, I just had to go and see it on opening today.
I asked Dinna to play hooky and come with me to SM Megamall to watch it at the Director’s Club cinema.
For Php 455 you get free popcorn and these reclining seats which feel like Business Class.
I lovett. I brought a cute little bear from Loft Osaka, which turns into a blanket. I forgot to bring candy (they don’t sell them near the cinema) and I forgot to bring my glasses. Yes I need glasses to watch movies.
Inspired by The Devil Wears Prada, Everything About Her stars Vilma Santos as Vivian, a self-made
bitch CEO of a big-time real estate development corporation.
She finds herself in need of 24/7 medical care when she is diagnosed with Stage 3 myeloma. Enter Angel Locsin, who plays a topnotch nurse named Jaica, who needs the money to support her family.
Vivian is estranged from her son Albert (Xian Lim) who chose to leave with his dad when the couple separated.
Jaica is given the task to bring the son home from the U.S. and stay home with a mother hecan’t stand.
Aside from the glasses and the candy, I forgot to bring tons of tissues. I started crying as soon as the movie started and cried until the last 30 minutes of the movie.
Vilma is perfect as a bitch on wheels, and may I add, well preserved. She looks amazing. Although nowhere in the movie did she ever look like she was at death’s door. She was always perfectly made up even in the “hospital.”
I love nurses. We always have nurses in and out of the house. Angel Locsin is lovable as Jaica, except when she tends to overstep her boundaries as a nurse. I love that Angel feels and looks like a real person, not afraid to look unglamorous with funny clothes and no makeup, and I love that she is a curvy real woman, not an unreal stick figure. (Plus, she is lovely in real life.)
Dinna and I kept swooning over Xian Lim who sounds so classy (except in the weird accident scene) and I love his nerdy wardrobe with the glasses and the leather crossbody bag.
Unfortunately, they didn’t know how to end the movie. I felt there was too much crying, they didn’t have to add another substory about Angel’s own estranged mom.
I feel like the movie should’ve ended after 90 minutes with Vilma dying in Xian’s arms and Xian and Angel holding hands during the funeral, hinting at a romantic ending.
But—someone decided to stretch it 30 more minutes, presumably to give the audience a feeling that they got their money’s worth with a two-hour cryfest and a happy ending.
Too bad because it could’ve been a really good movie. If only they got preview audiences to get feeback on the movie so they can improve it.