All of You dares to tackle the reality of live-in couples through this 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry.
All of You’s Gab and Gabby, played by Derek Ramsay and Jennylyn Mercado, respectively, might as well be today’s live-in couple version of A Second Chance’s Popoy and Basha.
Like A Second Chance, a sequel to the story of Popoy and Basha from courtship to breakup to marriage (and back again), All of You portrays the difficulties and challenges—not to mention the uncertainty—of living together without marriage, which is further complicated by the fact that one partner wants a ring around her finger.
Jennylyn and Derek who play Gab and Gabby, respectively, find their way to each other through a dating app.
On their very first date, sparks fly and the two end up spending the night together. They fall in love, and before you know it they’re moving in together.
All of You details the difficulties and challenges faced by two people living together under one roof—one of whom does not believe in marriage, while the other dreams of happy ever after. In the most trying times, it seems it's easier to give up than to compromise.
All of You is helmed by Dan Villegas, who also directed Derek and Jennylyn in the MMFF 2014 entry, English Only, Please. Jennylyn and Derek took home top acting plums at the MMFF for this movie.
In All of You, Direk Dan once again proves effective in getting Derek and Jennylyn to bring more into their respective roles.
Jennylyn’s Gab is the usual sweet, girl-next-door type, but she adds a level of ferocity to the character, so that you know she’s not someone you want to mess with.
Derek goes beyond the hunk exterior and shows his vulnerable side in this film. He manages to show how someone could be hurt and angry and proud all at the same time.
The movie’s theme is relevant to the times. While living in is still viewed by many as an unconventional arrangement, there may now be less judgment passed on couples who choose it over traditional marriage.
All of You does not preach about what should and what shouldn’t be between a couple. Instead, it presents the live-in scenario in a very realistic and raw manner, to the point that one of them could blurt out, “Love, hindi ako makakatae pag hindi ako nagyoyosi,” leaving viewers to decide for themselves how to perceive the pros and cons of this living arrangement.
From time to time, you’ll see tired and overused elements of a rom-com, but you have to accept them as part and parcel of the genre: the part where a bombshell ex-flame shows up or the one where the heroine sings the movie’s theme song and ends it with a passionate kiss onstage.
See Derek as he widens his acting range, particularly in an explosive scene where he bursts in anger at Jennylyn during a low point in his life. He effectively exhibits a mix of emotions—powerful anger with a cry for help and an assertion of his pride—all in one intense scene.
When they say the cliché, “Kakaibang Derek Ramsay ang makikita ninyo dito,” believe it.
All of You, which is graded B by the Cinema Evaluation Board, opens in cinemas on December 25, 2017.
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