Saturday, November 29, 2014

Movie Review: Past Tense



Past Tense opens with Beh (Ai Ai de las Alas) in 2034 waking up from a twenty-year coma. Papa Time (Benjie Paras) gives her an offer to go back to her past to have a chance to her future state. She then return to 2014 as her younger self  Belle (Kim Chiu), the day when she met her crush Carlos (Daniel Matsunaga) and tried to influence her actions and the people surrounding her before the car accident happens that led to her coma. However, she was not able to stop herself meeting with Carlos, she then convinced her best friend Babs (Xian Lim) to pursue his feelings more towards her. Will it be a happy ending?


Past Tense is a sweet, wonderful love story about second chances; and how timing and situations affect someone's feelings towards the people we love.

Now that I've seen three romantic comedy movies from this pair, this definitely stands out because Kim and Xian evidently collaborate to make the scenes - comedy, drama, and romance work. Aiai and Kim's combined goofiness is more engaging than annoying. 

The beauty of the film is its natural flow of conversation and ability to engage and transport us into the moment where the characters are. Kim Chiu is really making a mark in this movie genre, everyone around her seems to appeal vibrant. 

Mae Cruz-Alviar has made another winning romantic comedy movie that's tougher than many others in its field. The movie's funny in most of the times and sometimes melodramatic, and ends absolutely perfectly.

Past Tense is rated B by the Cinema Evaluation Board and is currently showing nationwide.

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