Love is Blind is one of the most engaging Filipino romcoms I’ve seen these past few years. My favorite thing about it is that it does away with the typical need to insert non-sense heavy drama in a romantic comedy, a trap most Filipino romcoms (or even just comedies like Tanging Ina N’yong Lahat) have fallen into.
Former Going Bulilit child star Kiray Celis makes her starring role debut as Fe, a down-on-her-luck-in-love (complete with dangling earrings as per your usual Filipino romcom leading lady) intern at a hotel, who falls for the handsome Wade (Derek Ramsey). Wade is a shallow (pa-cool dude-bro) haciendero who never grew out of high-school and is only interested in pa-cool pursuits like living in the city and having model/model-like girlfriends. His current girlfriend, Maggie (Solenn Heussaff), a Pinoy version of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, fails to live up to his and his friend’s expectations.
What’s a plain Jane like Fe to do? Give Wade gayuma ([some] love potion), of course! Hilarity unfolds as Fe balances being Felicity (a Maggie-lookalike) in Wade’s eyes and Fe in everyone else’s. With advice and a little help from her friendly, neighborhood gayuma supplier (Kean Cipriano), will Fe suceed in making Wade fall in love with her for real?
Scene Stealer: Girl at the (gorgeously shot) beach, as shown at the end of the trailer. It was funny on the trailer, still very funny in the movie. Love is blind!
Solenn Heussaff was amazing in this one. As one of Philippine showbiz’ “It” Girls who has an aura of being put-together and classy, she acted without self-consciousness and her putting herself into the role (of Felicity) contributed to a big part of the movie’s success.
I have always found Kiray Celis endearing, whether it’s because of her poise to the years of jokes built on her hair or face (that she has made quite a successful career out of) or her amazingly fun facial expressions when she acts. I’m glad she had the opportunity to star in her own movie.
I used to wonder what was it about Kean Cipriano that got him cast into roles, but from last seeing him as the slimy, greasy boyfriend in the Derek-Jennyln starrer English Only, Please to his role as the torpe friend-slash-gayuma supplier, I no longer do.
Love is Blind is directed by Jason Paul Laxamana. Catch it on its first showing day on February 10, 2016.