I’m not a Huge KathNiel fan, but since our household is for ABS-CBN, I get to watch most of their shows. I can’t say that I love them, but I don’t hate them as well. For me they are a cute loveteam, they have chemistry and they are good actors, too. I used to envy how successful they are at a young age, how they can afford to provide big things for their family and of course, how they receive unconditional love from people.
When Pangako Sa ‘Yo ended, of course I was thinking that they were gonna have a new series, not a movie. But I was surprised to see articles that they were heading to Barcelona to shoot a new movie. Kind of exciting of course, especially most iconic Star Cinema films were shot overseas like Milan, Dubai, Caregiver, Miss You Like Crazy, the list can go on, but yes, Star Cinema and director Olivia Lamasan is a perfect combination for this new movie.
When I saw the trailer, it didn’t give out any spoiler for the film. It was just plainly 2 people who were experiencing roller coaster of emotions, there was mystery behind the story and the characters and of course, they left me with a bitter emotion wanting to get answers, telling me to watch the film so you would know what happened. At that point, I was already looking forward. I began telling my friends and housemates about the film, and how I got carried away by a merely one and a half-minute trailer. Maybe I was just overreacting but I really wanted to share them that this might be a good film. I wasn’t really promoting KathNiel on this, but I liked how they delivered the story. I was attached, and same with me, I wanted people to get excited.
Then my mom came to me and asked me if I wanna watch a movie, of course I said yes. And without asking her, I knew she also wanted to watch Barcelona. Before we went out, I told her to bring some tissues because I know she will use it, a lot (for crying hehe). In these moments, my mom is really my partner, especially watching local movies because I know she can relate, and she won’t be ashamed to watch one, calling it “tacky”. We chose to watch the last slot, “last full show” as they say. It wasn’t full, not like the afternoon slots, but it was better for me so at least me, my mom and my brother would feel the cinema is exclusively ours. When the lights went off, I knew I was gonna be amazed.
When the film started, I was really amazed at how this movie showed how beautiful Barcelona is. It was throughout the film that I kept saying “Wow”, “So Beautiful”, “I Wanna Go There!”, I was really amazed. Do they call it cinematography? Well they really did a good job, they made me feel as if I’m with the cast travelling the streets of Barcelona. There were just some points that they obviously used CGI, not with the tourist spots, but there were some closeup scenes where the background is obviously CGI. With KathNiel, I can’t deny but they did a really good job. Not much difference with their characters before, but they’re a lot mature and more experimental, they wanted to show people they wanna level up. And they proved that it wasn’t just the Barcelona, the place, they’re showing, rather the reason why they are in Barcelona. I love how they portrayed how hard life is for OFWs, they reflected what really is happening, especially with relationships within the family as seen with Aiko’s character with Joshua’s. The cast wasn’t that big, but there was enough juicy story to make everyone involved, to make everyone a part of where KathNiel’s characters are heading to. They played with my emotions effectively, I was able to relate to them. It was just light, there were heavy parts but I like how they tried to make it as simple as possible. I can say it is a great movie, but it can’t be really that iconic. It’s a turning point for Kathryn and Daniel, something fans would enjoy, but I can say there were some areas where it could have been better.
All in all it was a beautiful experience. It was a beautiful movie and I can say the money we spent was all worth it. My mom cried hard, I liked the story and my mom and my brother kept on screaming during the kissing scene. It was a joyride. Something that only “good movies” can really offer their fans. People say local movies are always cheesy. Not everything is cheesy, people shouldn’t stereotype. We may not have the technology of international film outfits, but we have the heart, the core that makes the stories alive. People get tired of Filipino movies, but I say don’t. Just continue on giving it a try. This is one industry that keeps on entertaining us and we should be proud and support it. There’ll come a time where we will just look back and say, “Oh!, we’ve been through that!”. I have faith with the industry and I say the industry is continually evolving.
I hope in the next projects of KathNiel, it’s gonna be something better and something out of the box. They have featured a beautiful love story in a beautiful city, and now it’s time for them to step it up again and show something new. I believe it is their time now to be innovative and lead the industry to a new path of story-telling. Who knows? With this maturity they have, they might pioneer a new trend in Filipino films, as they are known for always setting off trends in their industry.