MR. & MRS. CRUZ (2018) Review
Directed by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo
Writer and director Sigrid Andrea Bernardo has been successful in delivering compelling stories in her films since Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita. But what made her name more prominent in Philippine cinema especially in the mainstream scene is the film Kita Kita starring Alessandra de Rossi and Empoy Marquez which became one of the most profitable movie in Philippine cinema.
She’s now back with another romance movie, also featuring two characters most of the screen time. But with a more dramatic story, in the beautiful island of Palawan and longer dialogues.
We saw how good JC Santos was in 100 Tula Para Kay Stella and Ryza Cenon in Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B and the two here has undeniable chemistry that builds as the film progresses. They’re fun to watch but at the same time, you could also see and feel the pain of the characters. It’s refreshing to see a new love team on the big screen with a bit of experimental filmmaking.
It’s not the easiest romance film to watch. You might feel at times the conversations are long, but that’s reality. It pushes how and what real conversations go and where it leads. And it builds a certain romance between two strangers through conversations, sharing thoughts, sharing pains.
The magic of the film lies on how it ends. The film leaves you with a heavy feeling after watching. The gravity of all the emotions enveloped, trying to get out but it’s just there. Hurting you and at the same time, comforting you. Mr. & Mrs. Cruz does a pretty detailed analysis on how two damaged people share their experiences and in that process, fall in love. It’s those little things, conversations and unexpected moments that lead us to something far beyond what we anticipated in life, or at least in our short “me time” vacations.
4 OUT OF 5 STARS
“Mr. & Mrs. Cruz” is now showing in Philippine cinemas nationwide from The IdeaFirst Company and VIVA Films. Rated PG by the MTRCB.