To most people, this love story has nothing new to offer, but a rehash from the love stories that were previously told in old dramatic and romantic flicks in the past. However, this Gina Marissa Tagasa screenplay which revolves around three main characters in a love triangle portrayed by Dennis Trillo, JC de Vera and Kim Chiu.
This Eric Quizon-directorial movie essays the love between childhood sweethearts–Carl Mauricio (de Vera) and Zyra Paez (Chiu). But because of a turbulent past, he keeps on hurting her even if she has done nothing but to love him despite his imperfections. Dr. Ian Arcano, a cardiologist, who literally takes care of his patients’ hearts including Zyra’s.
Though the plot is presented in the most simple way, it still paints complications in relationships of three souls wanting to love and be loved. In the film, Zyra, a businesswoman who is torn between two lovers–a pilot and a surgeon; who will she choose? Who will she marry and who will she fight for love because she knew that one of them is her one great love.
Imagine if you are in Zyra’s shoes, who would you choose? Would you be willing to take risks in loving the man whom your heart is yearning for or be the apple of someone’s eyes and give in to the love he’s willing to offer on your feet? Are you the type who don’t believe in magic, but believe in great love?
The film promises a different kind of Kim Chiu, a more mature and daring artist as paired by two equally gorgeous and young dramatic actors in Philippine television and film. If you are the type who go for Nicholas Sparks-type of stories, then this film could easily appeal to you. Opening on December 25 in cinemas nationwide.
When it comes to romantic-comedy films especially in Hollywood, the name that easily comes to my mind is Nora Ephron, who also wrote a novel titled Heartburn in 1983, but she also wrote a screenplay and directed ‘Julie and Julia’ in 2009, which starred Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, and Chris Messina; thus stumbling upon this latest romantic-comedy offering of Regal Entertainment Incorporated–the Recipe for Love, I thought that it should be in that league of storytelling.
Having Jose Javier Reyes, who has worked on romantic-comedies as well, this project that will spotlight once again the humorous side of Christian Bables opposite Cora Waddell.
But what stuck in my head was what Ephron had wrote once in her novel titled ‘Heartburn’ (1983) that said: “Nothing like mashed potatoes when you’re feeling blue. Nothing like getting into bed with a bowl of hot mashed potatoes already loaded with butter, and methodically adding a thin cold slice of butter to every forkful. The problem with mashed potatoes, though, is that they require almost as much hard work as crisp potatoes, and when you’re feeling blue the last thing you feel like is hard work. Of course, you can always get someone to make the mashed potatoes for you, but let’s face it: the reason you’re blue is that there isn’t anyone to make them for you. As a result, most people do not have nearly enough mashed potatoes in their lives, and when they do, it’s almost always at the wrong time.”
The film is about Calix (Bables) , a chef named of an upscale Filipino restaurant and Val (Waddell), a food blogger and aspiring magazine editor.Though they may have started off on the wrong foot, would they eventually hit it off and romance start to mash well?
Apart from the tandem of Christian and Cora, the one thing that made Jose Javier Reyes convince to direct the screenplay of Raymund Barcelon who made a great analogy between food and relationships; it was also the idea of spotlighting Filipino cuisine like Cochinilla (roasted suckling pig) and Kare-Kare (stewed oxtail, pork hocks, calves feet, pig feet, beef stew meat, and occasionally offal or tripe complemented with a thick savory peanut sauce), which turned out to be his favorites.
Basing on the title—‘Book Club’ itself, this 2018 American romantic-comedy flick directed by Bill Holderman, (his directorial debut) from a screenplay by him and Erin Simms—one could easily hint that this is the film version of the musical parody of the 2015 American erotic-romantic-drama film ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson with a screenplay by Kelly Marcel; and was based on the 2011 novel of the same name by British author E. L. James.
In the musical production, there were three women as members of a book club, but in the film version—it features Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen as four friends in their 60s who read ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ as part of their monthly book club, and it changed how they view their personal relationships.
Keaton is Diane, Fonda is Vivian, Bergen as Sharon and Steenburgen as Carol. The four actresses are impressive and fortunately, they’re more than enough to bring the material alive and entertaining as RottenTomatoes.com have put it. They are joined by Andy García as Mitchel, Don Johnson as Arthur, Richard Dreyfuss as George, Craig T. Nelson as Bruce. Also in the cast are Alicia Silverstone, Katie Aselton, Wallace Shawn, Tommy Dewey, Ed Begley Jr., and Mircea Monroe.
Are the four leads the women that Gloria Steinem has described as: ‘Brave women who are exploring the outer edge of human possibility, with no history to guide them and with a courage to make themselves vulnerable that made them moving beyond words’?
Catch this ‘Ultimate Tita Movie’, which is set to open on Wednesday, March 30 in cinemas nationwide and is distributed locally by Reality Entertainment.