When I saw the trailer, I deduced: It seems like nothing is quite striking about
One True Love.
The motorcycle accident and amnesia reminded me of Meteor Garden.
The plot narrating the struggles of two ladies over the affection of a guy
could not be exactly qualified as extraordinary.
That scene where Marian Rivera was begging Dingdong Dantes not to leave her
was quite pitiable for my taste.
BUT when I saw the movie, I realized I made a hasty generalization.
THE STORY. Migs Mijares (Dingdong)
was so in love with Joy (Marian) that in less than a year, he asked for her
hand in marriage.
Even when Bela (Iza Calzado), the childhood sweetheart of Migs, returned
and made an attempt to win him back, Migs's decision to marry his present
girlfriend was resolute.
But early on, a tragedy struck the blissful marriage of Migs and Joy.
The guy met an accident, which caused his isolated retrograde amnesia. His last memory was that of his first and ex-girlfriend, and he forgot everything
about his wife.
Joy did her best to bring things back to normal, but her husband could not
feel any emotional connection with her. Migs could not take his mind off his first love. Meanwhile, Bela tried so hard to distance herself from her Migs, but
the latter was persistent.
For her part, Joy became too interfering, always checking the whereabouts of
her husband and monitoring his calls. This provoked Migs to make a choice: Be
with his first love.
The wife made a last-ditch effort to save the marriage by talking to Bela
but the meeting was futile.
At first, Migs and Bela were happy. But after a while, the guy started
missing his wife. He became confused again, and slowly, he realized the girl who is his
one true love.
My personal notes:
(1) The plot is too fictive, but the treatment is realistic. People can relate to most of the scenes because the characters' reactions are very
instinctive. Walang pilit. Walang
Migs's reaction when he woke up at the
hospital was very intrinsic. He asked Joy, "Sino ka?" and his perplexity and
anxiety were genuine.
Joy's pain when Migs left her was
heartrending. She sobbed inconsolably.
Iza's awkward feeling when Migs asked her to
hug him in front of his wife and family was effortless. Shock and discomfort
were written all over her face.
(2) The movie had a lot of memorable story lines. I
will give you a sample.
Joy confronted Bela after Migs left her: "Si
Migs lang ang nawalan ng alaala, hindi ikaw."
Bela's rejoinder when she was asked by Joy to
leave her husband alone: "Ako ang kanyang first love, first kiss, first
everything...You have the only thing I ever wanted in life."
(3) The symbols used were apt and added more emphasis to the film's
Note the spot where Dingdong proposed to Joy and see how it became relevant to the love story of Migs and the lady he loves.
Pay attention to the scene at the ladies'
room, where Bela bumped into Joy, and the former washed her hands meticulously.
(4) And as mentioned earlier, there's nothing unpredictable about the main
sequence of events, but how the characters faced their struggles got me hooked.
THE CHARACTERS. Joy was too
jumpy, but she's innately good-hearted. Bela was insensitive, but she's very
Migs had his share of failings; but it became apparent that his
judgment got fogged up by his amnesia. He was restless and confused, but in the
end, he found what he wants and goes after it.
My personal notes:
(1) They all had their flaws but I couldn't hate
(2) The portrayal of the characters was intense and
very natural—from the passionate kissing scenes to the heated confrontations
to the emotional goodbyes.
(3) Dingdong and Marian were effective in portraying their roles. Their
chemistry was palpable, and they were so at ease with each
(4) Iza Calzado's acting was superb. Her eyes were
expressive, and her delivery of lines impressive. There were several scenes
where she rendered me speechless.
(5) The support characters—Tessie Tomas, Jennica
Garcia, Bianca King, Pinky Marquez, Chinggoy Alonzo, including the taxi driver-contributed
to the richness of the plot. Lahat may silbi sa istorya.
THE IMPACT. One word to describe
the film: stirring.
You will find Dingdong's passionate character irresistible. You will
feel sorry for Marian's adverse struggles. You will admire Iza's selflessness.
You will learn the many definitions of love. You will fall for One True Love.
Expect some glitches—like a few dragging portions, the distracting
cast on Dingdong's arm, the scenes which were shown in the trailer but
deleted from the film, the unexplained part where Dingdong secretly
electric bill, and the unlikely speedy arrival of Migs at Joy's
But overall, you will find it noteworthy. May sundot sa puso.
And you will definitely agree with me that the trailer was just the tip of the iceberg.