She's Dating the Gangster (film) | Movie Review

About She's Dating the Gangster (film)

She's Dating the Gangster is a 2014 Filipino teen romantic comedy-drama film based on the best-selling novel of the same name originally published on Wattpad[5] by Bianca Bernardino. The film is directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina, starring Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla. It will be distributed by Star Cinema with co-production of Summit Media and was released on July 16, 2014 in theatres nationwide as part of its 20th anniversary presentation

The Movie Review

SHE'S DATING THE GANGSTER (Cathy Garcia-Molina, 2014) - KathNiel's chemistry was undeniable but the movie was a drag.


SPOILER ALERT!!

My notes on She's Dating the Gangster:

1. In almost all of Cathy Garcia-Molina's movies, the audience gets hooked within the first fifteen minutes. She knows how to properly set up her opening scenes that you would want to know more about the characters and their story. Consider this one an exception. It took forever to get the story going and now that I've thought about it, the premise was actually reminiscent of Olivia Lamasan's Minsan Minahal Kita with Sharon Cuneta and Richard Gomez.

2. Molina can do a romantic-comedy in her sleep. She has mastered this genre and even added a Pinoy flavor in all of her films. I was surprised that this one lacked the usual kilig moments and even bordered on unbearable drama during its last act. I watched the movie with a room full of KathNiel fans and I swear the only time they really shrieked was during the final scene (a given since this was a Star Cinema movie).

3. Kathryn Bernardo's a charming performer and her "Sexy Sexy Love" cheer was the highlight of this movie. The real surprise though was Daniel Padilla who finally showed that he could actually act. When the two were together and having fun, I actually forgot all the problems I had with the story.

4. Unless I missed something, were there really two Athena Dizons in the same campus? And both of them were sick and dying? How much suspension of disbelief was needed in this movie?

5. Whenever I hear gangster, I think of Robert de Niro holding a machine gun and open-firing at his enemies. Padilla had his long hair and bandanna and he was part of a gang so I guess that's where the title came from.

6. "I can't breathe" was their "Okay". I cringed so hard in my seat.

7. There were a lot of scenes where Padilla was physically abusing Bernardo, grabbing her by the arm and throwing her around like she was his slave. So this is how teen romantic-comedies are now? How times have changed.

8. Which reminds me, if the movie was set in the 90's, why were they dressed in candy-colored 80's outfits? I probably need to brush up on previous fashion trends.

9. The part with Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta was completely abrupt and made the movie even worse. Don't get me wrong, Zulueta was brilliant in her scenes but all of those tears felt unearned. The complete shift in tone felt out of place.


10. If you want to watch a Korean version of Bella Swan meets Hazel Grace Lancaster, then this one's for you. Otherwise, you're probably better off reading the book. Or not.

Movie Star Rate : Disappointing. ★★☆☆☆

Review by Json Javier

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