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Miss You Like Crazy: Movie Review

Cathy Garcia-Molina is at it again with John Lloyd-Cruz and as luck may have it, the pair has yet to make a disappointing film together. So what were those John Lloyd-Cruz movies you may ask? Ow, they were just "One More Chance", "A Very Special Love" and "You Changed My Life" - now do you get what we mean? The biggest bombshell for this film is probably Bea Alonzo - finally the John and Bea tandem is back together after a three year hiatus. No doubt, "Miss You Like Crazy" will be one of the most anticipated films this year. But most importantly, can it deliver knowing that it has a pedigree of films that it has to at least be at par with? Read on to find out.

Allan Alvarez(John Lloyd-Cruz) occasionally takes the Pasig River ferry to go to his newly purchased home. On several of these trips, Allan always sees a girl who writes messages on stones and leaves them behind. He picks these stones up and realizes that messages being written are getting worse and worse as time goes by. One day, when the girl writes "Goodbye World", Allan panics and stops the girl from supposedly committing suicide - he soon discovers that this is not the case. He finds out that the girl, Mia Samonte (Bea Alonzo) works as a hotel receptionist in Malaysia. They have exceptional chemistry together, even finding themselves in love after just a week. Unfortunately though, Allan has a girlfriend he is seriously committed to. Whom does he really love more? The girlfriend he has been with for years or the girl he just met a week ago?

The moment you all have been waiting for is finally here - so was it worth the three year wait? Well, the answer is a disappointing no. This is the case of the film being too rushed and too raw for public consumption. No, we have no qualms about the acting or the chemistry of John Lloyd and Bea. Actually, the pair still has it and no doubt they can still do lots of effective films together (and we actually want and expect more!). The story was not bad at all, although we realized that it is impossible to happen in real life. So what made this film bad? It was the post-production elements that killed it. Numerous transitions were really bad that it was confusing us already. We also felt that the confusion could have been lessened if actual dates/time references were shown. We as an audience were left second guessing what year was it and how much time has really passed and the time element plays a key role in the film. The film also presented inconsistent film quality in different scenes - one shot may be clear as day and the next shot would be grainy and dark. The selected songs for certain scenes seemed out of place which destroys the overall mood for them. Our question in the end is, "What the heck happened here?"

So what can we get from this film? Is it about love? We say yes, it can bring the casual tear in your eyes. But we believe the clincher here is outside the bounds of the movie's plot. We hope that Star Cinema and to all the local outfits out there will also focus on post-production. With a bit more time spent on making sure that cuts make sense, that the transitions are smoother, that the picture quality of the scenes are consistent and that the background music actually fits well to what's happening on screen, then the film would have been better.

Rating: 2 reels

Why you should watch it:
- the acting was spectacular for the two main actors in the film
- no one can doubt the amazing chemistry of John Lloyd and Bea

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- makes you wonder how much time they put into post production as the film seriously needs a lot of polish
- the film's story being too ingrained in fate's hand just did not sell

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