Movie Review: Valentine’s Day
Before anything else: This review is from a guy (straight) who doesn’t really watch movies like this. Take what I say with a grain of salt…actually just grab the whole shaker.
I watched this movie at a good price of P171.00 at Robinson’s Galleria which I thought was a bit over the line. I’m just thankful this movie pulled the strings with a very elite cast with some of Hollywood’s best actors and actresses.
To be quite frank, I don’t think I would’ve watched this had the cast been not so star studded. I guess it was the wonderful ensemble of stars that got me wanting to watch it. Mind you, I don’t really like watching “love” movies.
It was a very fun movie to watch, as I expected. Dialogue was well written and it was never too mushy. Just a hint of a few quotable quotes here and there but nothing too sweet that it’ll give you diabetes. Although it was more of a cliche type of movie but since I rarely watch these types of films I just loved it anyway.
The comedy was nice, the drama was nice, the acting was nice, the settings, music, story, everything was nice. It’s really a movie that you’ll enjoy watching but not really meant to win an award. Nominations maybe, but awards? Not really. I guess it’s the fact that the whole “we’re all connected somehow, someway” plot was very nicely done. Plus the fact that it revolved around a day in the year which was Valentine’s Day.
This movie shows how everything can change in one day. Most will be all kiss and hugs but the rest all broken hearts. I really liked the idea that not all Valentine’s stories are happy more or less. Some end up getting engaged on this day while others end up in a divorce. The film really explored that “reality check” plot.
It was a bit predictable since we’ve had so many movies like this before. I guess it was because reality itself, no matter how much we say that it’s unpredictable, is just cliche. The directors did a nice job weaving stories of everyday love stories in a really great film. But maybe if they added a bit more emphasis on what happens to the couples AFTER Valentine’s day, it would’ve provided closure and a better ending. And no, I won’t spoil the ending. All I have to say about it is that it’s an okay ending but not an “I’m satisfied with this movie’s ending” ending.
This movie was about a lot of things concerning love. It was about making the right decisions, getting over, knowing when and what to expect, honesty, acceptance, and shameless affection. This film also covered some of the most common stories of love: cheaters, career-first-before-commitment, young love, innocence and naivety, special-day-special-sex, gay love, and parental love.
What I really learned, to sum up all the things this film taught me, was that Valentine’s Day is a day that can make or break you. A day that will get your hopes up, make you do the stupidest of things, and pray the day ends with a happy note. Another thing I’ve learned is that true love is out there waiting for you but certain conditions have to be met before you find it or before it finds you.
I mean, it may take time, money, effort, break ups, and loneliness (extreme loneliness) before your one true love suddenly appears in front of you. It maybe you’re best friend, you’re partner in life, a person who shares your views in life, someone you just met, and maybe that person you dumped a few years back but out of some grand twist of fate you meet each other again and let each other know you’re both single and the next thing you know you’re having a time of your life.
Love is everywhere and is easy to find but true love will test you before it lets you find it or see if it’s worth finding you.