Though recent events may make the topic of rave parties a taboo, the movie Love Me Tomorrow explores this milieu. It is the story of Christy (Dawn Zulueta) who falls in love with JC (Piolo Pascual). She is a widow who finally gets the chance to live her dreams after her children have moved out and he is a struggling DJ in an industry that favors the new and upcoming. Add to the mix Janine (Coleen Garcia), a sexy millennial who is attracted to JC, but for whom she is “just a friend.”
The movie starts off from Christy’s narration of her wedding and subsequent building of a home with a husband and two children. This montage is beautifully-directed by Gino M. Santos: just the right amount of nostalgia and brevity. Montages like these pepper the movie, giving visuals the chance to tell stories without lingering dialogues or dead air.
The editing also shines in the fast cuts during a party where JC is the DJ and the montage goes from the full-packed rave to Janine’s bedroom where she hooks up with the DJ. The next day, he is in a hurry to leave. This contrasts with the sequence later when Christy and JC finally consummate their feelings and the music as well as the shots are lingering, making the scene romantic and tender. And the couple share breakfast in the morning.
The cinematography shines during the panoramic sunset scenes and the pulsating night scenes, capturing vibrant colors and nuances.
The centerpiece of the movie is the amazing chemistry between the two lead stars. Not only beautiful, Dawn and Piolo are excellent as the May-December lovers who try to work out their feelings—at first, attraction masked by annoyance, then flirtation, then giving in to the feelings. What follows is the rocky road of convincing family (hers) that the relationship is worth the trouble. A testament to the talent of the lead stars, majority of their scenes induce kilig: from first accidental meeting down to prolonged glances and lingering kisses.
Coleen is flawlessly beautiful as the bad girl you want to hate—but with a heart of gold. At the height of her youth, she exudes playfulness and sex appeal.
Carmi Martin and Ana Abad Santos are hilarious as Christy’s middle-aged friends who encourage her not only to pursue her dream of becoming a fashion designer, but also of giving herself another chance at love.
Maxene Magalona, as Christy’s daughter Jessica, is competent as a young mother who struggles with its pressures as well as coming to terms with her own mother being with a younger man.
The newer/younger members of the cast gave less than stellar performances. This was a stark contrast in overacting or underacting, as the case may be, and even more noticeable as they were sandwiched between scenes with excellent performances by more experienced actors and actresses.
A highly emotional scene between Piolo and Dawn in the last half hour of the movie is gut-wrenching and very realistic that it tugs at the heartstrings.
The script by Jeff Stelton and G3 San Diego is full of touching one-liners that, in the hands of the main cast, elicit kilig. However, in focusing on the relationship of the main characters, the backstory of Janine and Jessica, for example, were relegated to a few lines of a scene.
In general, Love Me Tomorrow is a tender and touching love story that tackles the passions and potholes of love—at any age. The last few scenes toward the end are especially important to catch.
The movie is rated B by the CEB. It is now showing in theaters nationwide.
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