Flick Review: That Thing Called Tadhana

Screengrab from the movie's official trailer (Photo credit: YouTube)
2/7/2015 9:28:07 PM

I first noticed them as part of the Cinema One Originals late last year. Though unfortunately, I wasn’t able to watch them, nor any of its other entries. It was only earlier this year when this film penetrated the mainstream shores, thanks to their film distributor Star Cinema, which also helped films like On The Job, and Hari ng Tondo expand beyond the independent scene by terms of having nationwide releases.

This time around though, I watched a movie with a group of officemates; something different considering that I usually go to cinemas alone; or in case I have a companion, it’s always been my ex-girlfriend. Perhaps, it was a perfect way to set-up a Friday night out; taking an early weekend breakaway from all the stress of the previous four working days.

Also, it’s the first time this year that I watched a movie inside the real venue itself.

Screengrab from the movie's official trailer (Photo credit: YouTube)
Screengrab from the movie’s official trailer (Photo credit: YouTube)

That Thing Called Tadhana, a motion picture which stars Angelica Panganiban and JM De Guzman, tackles Mace Castillo’s soul-searching sojourn off a break-up. Wanting a new start away from Rome, she went back to the country and spent days in Baguio and Sagada as she desperately tried to move on from the mishap.

Anthony Lagdameo, her companion from the overseas, accompanied Mace, falling in love with her in the process.

Antoinette Jadaone directed the Creative Programs, Inc.-produced movie. While Joem Bascon also had a short cameo.

It was a 94-minute flick filled with bunches of natural scenes: a dramatically set-up yet tackled in somewhat lighter, funny manner. And mind you, it’s so natural as if you’re conversing with your friends (I’m talking about the manner and delivery here). Something you rarely seen in the majority of the movies and programs which caters to you. You might even think that the script went spontaneous for a moment during the filming itself; thus, resulting into this beautiful kind of outcome.

It contained so much emotions (the heavy ones), yet the naturally approach of interaction between these two characters made it witty and even funnier than what you’ve expected in a considered a “romantic comedy,” nor even a “romantic drama” kind.

Author: slickmaster | © 2015 september twenty-eight productions

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