My Take on "My Ex & Whys"
I don't normally watch Tagalog films on the big
"My Ex & Whys" is about blogger Cali and her ex-boyfriend Gio. Cali has a blog called "The Bakit List" and it is there where she pours out her woes about her failed relationship with Gio, who cheated on her. On her twitter account, @theBakitList, she dishes out one
Although "My Ex & Whys" follows a pretty much used up storyline of boy-meets-girl-then-cheats-on -girl-then-tries-to-win-her-back, it's a little bit different because it uses social media to tell the story. At some point, while watching Cali struggle to accept Gio back in her life (because she's afraid to trust again), you'll find yourself asking, "Do I allow myself to be like Cali and Gio? Do I allow social media to dictate what should happen to my life?".
Basically, that's what happens to their relationship. Both of them, and especially Cali, are often forced to think of what people will say more than what they want to happen or how they feel. For example, because Gio gained a lot of followers for expressing his intention to get back together with her, Cali tries to find ways to "destroy" her ex's reputation. So she launches some sort of a smear campaign. Sounds absurd, you may say, but isn't this already happening in real life? Aren't
Of course, the movie has a happy ending, unlike many of the real-life situations we know, where a couple breaks up because of cheating. However, forgiveness does not come
The movie features a lot of supporting actors. Joey Marquez is one and he does a stellar job (reminded me of his "Palibhasa Lalake" days). But the standout for me was Ryan Bang. Director Cathy Garcia- Molina was able to bring out Ryan's best qualities as an actor. His comic moments are so natural. We all know that Ryan sounds kind of funny when speaking Tagalog, but they were able to put this to good use. It didn't come out forced or overused. And, oh, Sandara Park makes a cameo appearance. It's super quick, so keep your eyes open!
"My Ex & Whys" is not a perfect movie. It has flaws, but it manages to pull through because of the undeniable onscreen chemistry of Liza and Enrique. And also because of the use of social media, which a lot of viewers can relate with. It also helps that the story is something familiar to many of us. Heartaches, no matter what cause them, always tend to attract attention. People will always want to listen, read, or watch any story that talks about a man or a woman's heartache. And this is true especially
If you want to explore a roller coaster of emotions, especially if you are going through a rough
P.S. South Korea is
P.P.S. Wait for the end credits if you want to laugh out loud! ;)
(Screenshots from Star Cinema's YouTube account.)