REVIEW: 'Never Not Love You' tells the story of young love with honest and raw emotions

Anne Marielle Eugenio
PUBLISHED April 3, 2018 04:21 pm | UPDATED April 5, 2018 10:33 am
Screenshot from Never Not Love You teaser

(Inside Manila) James Reid and Nadine Lustre have really come a long way from being an adorable tandem to a more daring loveteam. As a proof of their maturity as actors, JaDine had taken on the lead roles of Antoinette Jadaone's latest film, "Never Not Love You".

The story starts off with Joanne (Nadine) meeting Gio (James) to pick up customized stickers. When Joanne has trouble finding a ride that night, Gio offers to take her back to her office. What's supposed to be a one-time thing is followed by more motorcycle rides, meals together, and everything in between. Pretty soon, they find themselves in a relationship.

Their relationship grew and so did their separate careers. Joanne is on her way to becoming an assistant brand manager while Gio has an offer as a graphic artist in London. Not wanting to separate from one another, both decide they will stay in London, causing Joanne to resign from her job.

The young couple is happy at first but Joanne eventually realizes she wants to pursue the career she left in Manila, which results in a fight between Gio and her. Joanne then has to choose to stay or return to the Philippines to pursue her job.

The movie follows a simple plot and it worked through an expected ending. However, instead of focusing on an ideal romance, Jadaone took on the real-life struggles of young couples, which made it more relatable to the young audiences.

Since the movie is an experiment, an improvisation, raw and honest emotions were presented. It's amazing how the film, which had an indie vibe, by the way, could express much even without wordy dialogues. James and Nadine could make someone tear up without even uttering a single word. Indeed, their roles in this movie are their most mature and daring yet.

In a span of less than two hours, it was shown how Joanne and Gio matured in terms of views in love and priorities. They were transformed from reckless lovers into mature people who make difficult decisions.

"Never Not Love You" is a story of love, sacrifice, choices, and letting go. It teaches us that no matter how much you love a person, it should not cost you your happiness. Even Joanne and Gio had to decide if they should follow their hearts or follow their dreams.

It also reminds the audience that everything changes, even love. And that is okay. Nothing is permanent, after all.

If you are looking for a different kind of summer movie, you should not miss this Jadaone masterpiece.

Produced by Viva Films, “Never Not Love You” is shown in cinemas nationwide.



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