REVIEW: It Takes A Man and a Woman   17 comments

It Takes A Man and A Woman

Sidenote: Finally! I’m back to reviewing. Yay! 🙂

Four years after we last witnessed the dream love story between Miggy Montenegro and Laida Magtalas in You Changed My Life, Cathy Garcia-Molina closes the whole story, this time with the third installment of the prominent fairy tale story via It Takes A Man and a Woman (which is already killing the box office after only one day of release).

In this story, we see couple Miggy (John Lloyd Cruz) and Laida (Sarah Geronimo) go separate ways, as each recovers from their break up two years ago. Miggy is still a disappointment to his family’s business reputation, while Laida, now with an accent and a  better fashion sense (though still donning a wig), moved to work in New York. A special assignment that involved the two of them stands as a test on whether they’ve finally moved on or if they’re still stuck with their relationship from the past.

Well, let’s get this one out of the way: I’m a big fan of the Miggy-Laida pairing. So I do think that the moment I entered the cinemas, I’ve already expected that I’ll like it.  But it was exactly what I was looking for. The first few minutes of the film set up the “relationship over” part between the two of them, but when the Laida Magtalas version 2.0 started to speak, I don’t think that you can still resist to not smile and laugh all throughout. As a matter of fact, I think that’s what the film’s biggest asset is, despite Sarah and John Lloyd’s antics in it, the whole movie has this sense of familiarity that is easy to warm up to. It stayed in its comfort zone, and that definitely worked for the best. I particularly love all the mentions and tribute to the first two movies. By now, you already probably know that director Cathy Garcia Molina has mastered what it takes to bring out the kilig and sweetness in the scenes in her movies, and the movie is another testament of that. They just know when to push the buttons and how to make the audience laugh, cry, and say “aww.”

If there are things that I’m not highly keen about the film, it’s probably the long screen time. The movie clocks in at a few minutes post two hours. There were also too much contrived scenes in it (particularly the one at the near end of the film) when you know that it really has zero chance of happening in real life. But of course, I’d still give in. It was cheesy, contrived, and forced, but I’d be damned if I’ll deny that I wasn’t smiling throughout. The pairing of John Lloyd and Sarah knows how to work this thing off, and their sweetness was thisclose in making me give them a free pass.

Another thing I liked is the ensemble nature of the movie. The characters of Matet de Leon, Joross Gamboa, and Gio Alvarez were more in demand here than the two previous movies, and the chemistry among the group is just on an all time high that it was just fun to watch them interact on screen. Isabelle Daza was in a very thankless and limited role, so she was decent to say the most, but there was one scene when she “competed” with Laida that made the whole theater laugh. Then again, I don’t think I can let this review pass without reiterating (time and again) how John Lloyd and Sarah’s impeccable chemistry is the heart and soul of this film. They really just know how to make this work.

If this is really the ending to the trilogy, then I’d say it ended on a really high note. The pairing of Laida and Miggy is definitely in for the books and deservedly so. It Takes A Man and a Woman is one of those films that highly succeeded in what it wanted to portray, bringing in the smiles, the tears, and the kilig, while also serving the perfect closure to both their love story and the film installment itself.

Grade: 3.5/5

17 responses to “REVIEW: It Takes A Man and a Woman

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  1. I agree that though near the end that scene if any is close to impossible but who knows what one can do in the name of love but I’m with you na kahit cheesy eh one can’t help but smile. Kudos sa buong staff kasi kahit natagalan ang conclusion ng love story na ito it was definitely worth the wait. It defined the Miggy and Laida and what they went through to make their story somewhat a reality… And definitely roller coaster ride of emotions walang dull moment habang nakaupo ka sa cinema. Everyone was reacting as if one is seating comfortably at home. As for Isabelle Daza at first I wonder bakit siya, bakit hindi stellar actress but once the films start rolling you realize though her role was an essential turning point in the whole Miggy and Laida story it was not necessary for her character to have too much line or screen time just on those important parts. Because though she was part of the cause she was not a witness to Miggy and Laida’s story. Their relationship in one way or another was witnessed by the people that mattered in their life thus the old ensemble presence. And yes that part where she directly competed with Laida it certainly made the audience laugh. I just hope she could have delivered her note worthy line better. But nonetheless she was able to deliver her character’s insecurities despite being a confident modern woman knowing your man loves someone dearly and hoping you’ll one day take over that spot. Its a movie worth watching because they make it relatable…

  2. I’m a fan of this series and I’m very glad that one of my favorite movie reviewers liked the film. Excited na tuloy akong mapanood ‘to. 🙂

  3. ganda talaga sana may part 4 pa……

  4. Thumbs up for this review! 🙂 I saw this movie on Black Saturday with some girl friends! It was a super feel good movie! I was laughing all through out the screening. I didn’t actually mind the long screen time as it was worth the money I paid for the ticket. 😉 Aside from the humor, the story’s just something most people can relate to (in terms of problems in the family and romantic relationships). Plus, SG and JL really have an awesome on-screen romance! 🙂 Just my two cents. 🙂

  5. part 4 pa sana! ganda talga ng chemistry ni john lloyd at sarah. nakaktuwa rin ang matet and friends!

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  7. humanity has never lost its attachment to a cinderella-story. anyway, ang saya ng movie. tara, taguan tayo… taguan ng feelings. 🙂

  8. John Lloyd forever 🙂

  9. It was beyond impossible to watch a movie in the malls over the weekend because of the showing of this movie. I swear John Lloyd Cruz does wonders, all Filipinos flock to the movie house and line up for hours for this guy! Hahaha! Even the high end malls like Rockwell and Greenbelt were packed. Looks like it’s gonna be another successful hit by John Lloyd Cruz and Sarah G.

  10. sana may part 4 pa.

  11. wow bid bird!!! este big word!!! thanks po ng marami may dalang big na big smile ang review nyo po sa movie!!! 😀

  12. I like how the third installment ended.. It seems that I’m going to miss the characters they played, miggy and laida. I hope magkaroon pa ulit sila ng movie together.. 🙂

  13. Haven’t seen the movie yet and with all the reviews I’ve read, excited na akong mapanood ang 3rd movie nila. I bought the 1st and 2nd and always watch them, hindi nakakasawa..kilig moments talaga. waiting til it opens on April 12 here in San Diego, CA. Thanks for the review…

  14. ang ganda talaga nang movie nila SG and JL worth it yong ticket at pag pila mo..kahit pumila ako araw2, panoorin ko lang ito..sarap ulit ulitin.. sana hindi pa mag end doon yong love story nina laida at miggy..sana may part 4 pa..

  15. super ganda. And ang galing lahat ng actors and actresses escpecially kay Sarah G. Ang John lloyd. Di try hard yung relationship on screen. As in lahat ng tao sa sinehan nag-rereact: napapatawa, napapa-AWWW… And siyempre nakakakilig lalo na tuwing pineplay yung ” Bakit kaya nangangamba sa tuwing ika’y nakikita…..” I agree na sana nga may part four. Ibang klase ang movie na toh.

  16. I’ve watched this Movie and nakakatawa talaga and ok ang tandem nila. Kilig to the max ang fans for sure.

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