NEVER NOT LOVE YOU (2018) Review
Directed by Antoinette Jadaone
We meet someone somewhere, unplanned, everything goes well and we then fall in love. The typical formula for romance may be the base of what Antoinette Jadaone tells in her latest movie, but how she tells what’s in between how they first met and how their romance survived made Never Not Love You one of the sincerest depiction of romance in Philippine movies.
The film tells the story of Joanne, who’s a dedicated marketing and sales officer of a prime company in Makati, meets Gio, who was then a tattoo artist and a freelance graphic designer. A brewing love in times of a brewing promotion and a not-to-miss opportunity to work abroad leave the two in a situation where their lives are torn between love or career.
Never Not Love You is the never-not-miss-movie this summer. It’s not just James Reid and Nadine Lustre who has matured here but also its director Antoinette Jadaone. The story naturally progresses like how real relationships do. Its take on life and love is sincere and how Jadaone presents it through Reid and Lustre, it feels raw.
Even if the film tackles on mature themes, the charm is still there. And building the romance between Joanne and Gio looked effortless thanks to the real romance off-cam. You’ll appreciate James Reid and Nadine Lustre more as actors here. They’ve come out of their usual roles and portrayed them effectively. It’s just refreshing to see the two talk like real people, not some characters that are written to please a specific audience.
The film is a beautiful representation of how we grow as lovers and as individuals. Of how life gets in the way of love. The material is something personal and it shows. It really shows from the storytelling to the acting of the two.
Never Not Love You is a love letter for young lovers who is going through a lot. That to fight for your love should always be an option, that in spite of what problems the world give you, you should always think that you’re not alone to face them. It’s pacing from charming to heartbreaking is nicely done, that even though the scope of the film is more than three years, the audience can absorb it comfortably.
4.5 OUT OF 5 STARS
“Never Not Love You” is now showing in Philippine cinemas nationwide from Project 8 Corner San Joaquin Project and VIVA Films. Rated PG by the MTRCB.