Movie Review: Star Cinema’s Rewind

My first stop for this annual event is Rewind, a film from Star Cinema with lead stars Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera. I intentionally brought Mom to the cinema right away. I wanted her to see films such as this with love ones, and I was glad that the film didn’t disappoint.

Rewind is a combination of romantic, heartbreaking, touching, sad, sincere, sentimental, feel-good, emotional, and thought-provoking films intended to move its viewers in their most unexpected ways. Here’s a trailer:

It started with a narration. How it established the mood convinced me of a well-planned story. It is technically good. I am more swayed by its musical timing and narration. Marian’s expressive eyes indicate that she has been confronted by the character’s reality. She’s very on point with the pain she’s feeling. And, with Dingdong’s distinctive performance, you can count on his part as John.

To be honest, I’m not that familiar with Marian’s filmography. Dingdong, on the other hand, had some successful films in the past through Star Cinema, which established him as a credible actor today. Regardless of what they have accomplished, this film solidified their craft and presence as artists. It removes whatever has to be forgotten. It propelled them to the heights that actors should strive for. It will be one of the most significant pictures they have produced in their history.

Having said that, I miss the way Star Cinema does its magic. This kind of magic, the way 9 Mornings (2002), Sa’yo Lamang (2010), or Ikaw ang Pag-ibig (2011) demonstrate faith, is a huge part of the narrative.

Okay. Let’s address the elephant in the room. This movie plot is familiar to many, especially if you’ve seen Jennifer Love Hewitt’s “If Only,” which some may argue is plagiarized from its plot. One can’t help but compare its time-loop capsule formula. I’d say sure; it may bear an uncanny resemblance to the latter, but I can tell you how it was written differently, designed to match the traditional Filipino tale. But one thing is certain: its goal is universal, and it has moved me to tears on several occasions. It’s enough for me to see it as it is, with such excellent editing. One point that cannot be avoided on my checklist is that product placement, while done in good taste, irritates the shite out of me.

Rewind is a constant reminder that in real life, there’s no turning back, there’s no repeating, and there’s nothing like rewinding. Its a work of art that touches on reality. And its timely approach to viewers is way more appealing than anything in the festival. It is a gift one can give this holiday season. It is worth your hard-earned money.

Directed by Mae Cruz-Alviar,Rewind” is the official entry of ABS-CBN Film Productions Inc. (Star Cinema), APT Entertainment, Inc. , and Agosto Dos Pictures in the 2023 Metro Manila Film Festival.

My rating: 8/10.

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