Sarah Geronimo, the new darling of the movie industry
PHILIPPINE MOVIES has a new sweetheart in Sarah Geronimo. The phenomenal, overwhelming success of her launching picture, 'A Very Special Love,' is proof to this. Sarah's movie reportedly grossed a cool P 100 million on its first week of exhibition.
Last weekend, the movie ran in at least four cinemas at Gateway in Cubao. In SM's The Block, it was showing in three theaters. Each screening registered a full house attendance. Elsewhere, the same situation obtained. People are flocking in droves to 'A Very Special Love.'
And why shouldn't they? The film, by Cathy Garcia Molina, a very fine young director, is highly entertaining as it is substantial. The performances of its lead stars, Sarah and John Lloyd Cruz, are runaway hits in themselves and boss, respectively, in this new re-telling of the Cinderella tale.
John Lloyd's usually above par acting is a given, but in this film, he seems to have outdone even himself. The revelation in the movie is truly Sarah, whose performance shines through with its sincerity, warmth, candor.
Sarah had the audience at the palm of her hands with the look of love written all over her face each time she faced John Lloyd, by the way she effortlessly dropped comic lines, the perfect timing with which she threw them. Sarah, like Superstar Nora Aunor before her, is a natural, for heaven's sake.
The success of 'A Very Speical Love' defies a lot of accepted norms in showbiz. Its lead stars are not lovers. The leading lady even refused to kiss the leading man. She was never anywhere near a two-piece bathing suit. What worked for the movie, then?
Is the realization that movie audiences have grown up. That they have kept up with the universal standards of patronizing a film because they feel it's good or is worth their time, money, and popcorn. They probably like its story, the stars' acting, the films' funny-ness.
'A Very Special Love' is bound to have greater legs in the days to come. IT will continue to hit audiences with its downright honesty and high entertainment value, making Sarah Geronimo the new darling of wholesome romantic comedies, many thanks to John Lloyd Cruz and Cathy Garcia Molina.
Nestor Cuartero, Tempo, August 12
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