MOVIE REVIEW | LAST NIGHT

There are many ways to die. There can be one reason to live and that’s enough for you to go on.

Movie Title: Last Night

Starring: Toni Gonzaga and Piolo Pascual

Directed By: Joyce Bernal

Written By: Bela Padilla and Neil Arce


I watched this last week, on its showing day, with my mother to celebrate her birthday after the traditional dinner out. Meaning: this is a week overdue. I just couldn’t think of how to write it without spoiling you one bit. I guess I figured it out now, though. So, here I am with it.

THE MOVIE POSTER

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I didn’t see the trailer, let alone this poster, before I watched this. I was completely clueless on what this was all about. I just knew that it was written by Bela Padilla. I loved her character in 100 Tula Para Kay Stella. That’s the sole reason why I agreed to see this. I love it when people are more than a pretty face. It’s very rare to see actors to be more than what we think they are.

Looking at it now, the poster gave justice to the ambiance of the movie. It looks dark, old and vintage, portraying well the old Manila where it has been shoot. It kinds of give that creepy feeling over it, too. Not that it’s really THAT scary. Not at all. But yeah, you’ll get it after watching. SEE? I’M TRYING NOT TO SPOIL YOU. HAHAHAHAHA!

THE STORY

Watching the trailer now, I just realized how it’s kinda misleading? I mean the way others perceived it is very different than how the actual story goes. I asked some people who hasn’t seen the movie yet what they think of it and they really thought it’s your typical romance story. Toni Gonzaga (Carmina) and Piolo Pascual (Mark), staying together for one “Last Night” even though they are both committed. Are they cheating on their partners? You thought. They broke up? You thought. Mark trying to jump off the Jones Bridge? Why? Carmina shouting for help? How? There are so much more into this. That’s what trailer is all about anyway. It should make you curious.

If you have seen the video of The Making, you will have thought otherwise. You will get the gist of the story properly. Yes, both attempted to commit suicide, which was taken lightly. I also think that they romanticized it in a way.

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This scene, though, broke my heart into a million little pieces. Then, it went wrong. I was so pissed off. It broke the spell. Not that I want them dead but I don’t know??? They attempted so many times and always failed and they thought it’s funny. I’m just??????? Well, maybe it’s hysteria. That happens a lot when you are in your lowest point.

But as the story progress, you will see the underlying message of the story. It was a worthwhile ride. You saw in the trailer when Mark said “Parang may nagawa akong tama” [It’s like I did something good]. It was so heartfelt. That one single moment can add to your reasons to live. I’M EMO.

So, are they really going to die together?

THE CHARACTERS

Carmina. She is not hard to love with her positive and lively personality. She’s like a kid that is so alive. Contradicting, right? How can someone that sweet attempt suicide? You see, there will always more than meets the eye. She is the biggest plot twist here. Something you should watch out for. (I wasn’t surprised at all because a friend discussed with me her theory about Carmina and I kind of paying attention that the revelation wasn’t a shock anymore. I was just kind of “AAAA YES. LOOK AT THAT. THEY ARE GIVING HIM THE LOOKS” Yep. That).

Mark. He attempted suicide because everything seems to turn out wrong. Whatever he does, worst comes to worst. He wanted to end it. You see, not everyone wants to die. Most of the times, we just want the pain to end. It will eventually. Live for it.

How can these two find the will to live again? Is it love or is it so much more?


What I think in general:

Old Manila is such a place to see. I will probably see every area showed in here. I will make time one of these days. I will let you know. It’s very scenic. I LOVE. This was from my IG story last April:

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It might have a touch of fiction but it did well in addressing the reality. I hate the thought of depending on someone; to think that someone can save you. I have always believed that only ourselves can save ourselves. That’s just my stubborn “I am an independent woman” self. Sometimes, it doesn’t hurt to cry for help.

I think Bela and Neil were so brave to pave this way of the story. It will surely receive lots of literary criticism. It is a clash of genres but I think they did well in conveying the message. It’s not your usual watch and that what makes it great.

Soundtrack. Boy, I am so in love. Even though Ebe Dancel did well on Sayo, I still prefer the original: Silent Sanctuary. But the collaboration of Moira Dela Torre & Quest: Huling Gabi adds more depth to the story. I remember the first time I saw Quest live and how he tells story of the songs he write about. It’s really something that will tug at your heartstrings.

I love how they started it on the bridge and ended it there too. It gives more meaning to the place.

The ending wrecked me. Toni and Piolo did so well. I was a ball of mess. It was so heart breaking yet I felt hopeful after. I have so many thoughts about life and death but that would go for another blog post.

For now, I hope you enjoyed this review. Let me know what you think of the whole concept!


I have my eyes on Seven Sundays. I’m expecting a couple bucket of tears.

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