Forever is Not Enough: A Review of Walang Forever

By Patricia Simone Dauz

Is the word forever a reality or just a myth for people who are afraid to commit and fall in love? But for most believers, forever is always a work-in-progress, where both parties involved are ready to commit with each other together, for the rest of their lives.

It is unclear how the statement “walang forever” became popular. All this writer knows is, literally, the statement means that nothing lasts eternally. The popularity of this started late last year, and steadily gained more attention in 2015. The incident can be possibly attributed to the break-up and divorce of celebrities, here and abroad, that have circulated in social media. If you don’t agree with me, try typing the words “2015” and “hiwalay” on Google.

Walang Forever, rated A by the Cinema Evaluation Board, is about two former lovers, hotshot scriptwriter Mia (Jennylyn Mercado), and successful entrepreneur Ethan (Jericho Rosales) who broke up due to differing priorities. A couple of years later, through a reunion with friends as well as intervening family and friends, the two finally get a chance to make a choice, either achieve closure or pursue their dream of loving each other forever.

The movie’s strength is in the convincing and organic chemistry between the two leads. The colorful supporting characters, played mostly by theater actors, were active personas and actually contributed in propelling the narrative forward. The most memorable ones were Jerald Napoles and Kim Molina. Most of the lines by scriptwriter Paul Sta. Ana sounded natural. With the good script and believable dialogues, it made the characters more real and easier for the audience to relate.

Though the plot may leave others feeling shortchanged because Mia’s lack of inspiration was the first established conflict, this writer firmly believes that that was a smart precursor to the main problem which is Mia’s denial of her feelings. This was resolved by the fact that Mia’s films actually revolved around her relationship with Ethan, even a bit after it when she still had hope for reconciliation.

The narrative would’ve been better if it did not go into cliché territory towards the third act. This writer would’ve preferred if the scene in the restaurant had less dialogue, which would’ve accentuated Mia’s perseverance and Ethan’s heartbreak over her heartbreak.

The scenes, stringed together by director Dan Villegas in an orderly fashion, were successful conveying the message of the film which is its title, because forever is an abstract term. It cannot be seen and it cannot be felt, just like love. Love, just like a beautiful flower, can indeed be immortalized via the work of art.

There goes forever.

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