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Review: Suddenly It's Magic

Jae's Review:

This is your formula pinoy rom-com: boy meets girl, falls in love with her and moves heaven and earth just to be with her. Star Cinema produces dozens of these movies yearly so I know you know what I'm talking about and will not expound on it anymore.

What I want to point out is that the back story was actually nice. It's about two things: the love of your life and the life that you love and what happens if these two clash. One side chose love, the other went with ambition; both choices sacrificed the other and both turned up hurting people in the process. Love doesn't exist without hurt; happiness without sadness and sacrifice - they all come in a package, it's just the matter of how we learn from them and how we get stronger through them. The movie tried to tell this story but unfortunately, it failed because there wasn't enough time given to telling it. They focused instead on Mario's pa-kilig moments and tili-inducing scenes (I'm not really complaining, LOL.)

This is a fantasy story - in line with your fairy tales and those happily ever afters. It is so completely far out and unrealistic but we like them anyway since they make us feel good. The reason why Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey are huge successes are because they make you imagine you are Bella and get swept off your feet by Edward or wish you were Ana waiting to get seduced by Christian. Both stories sucked but a lot of people fell for it. I won't lie - I fell for the same tactic in this movie because I love Mario. LOL.

I was pleasantly surprised with Erich - this girl can act. She brought depth to a character that I didn't expect to have any. Granted, I was focused on Mario the whole time but during those scenes where the movie forces me to look at Erich, I loved what I saw. I've seen enough of Mario's movies to know that he can act as well so I wasn't disappointed with the two of them.

What irritates me are straight guys who play gay roles as most of them overdo it, and Joross Gamboa is not an exemption. Can they please study gay people and check how they are in real life and not just play one stereotyped version of a gay guy?

There are a lot of factors that make up a good movie. One is that it gives us what we hoped to get by watching it. This one didn't fail to deliver what I wanted - a lot of Mario pakilig moments to last me until the end of this year. Hehe.

So - should you watch it? If you are a Mario Maurer fan, the answer is a squealing yes. If you like feel good movies, the answer is yes as well. If you are looking for a One More Chance type of movie, just watch Bea and JL again. If you're a straight guy who just got dragged by your GF through blackmail, I'm sorry for your tortuous 1.5 hrs. :))

Rating: 3/5

Dale's Review:

For Suddenly It's Magic to work it needed to be able to relay something magical to the audience. Thanks to the unlikely pairing of Erich Gonzales and Mario Maurer, and the sheer beauty of Ilocos and Thailand, the film was able to have an unlimited supply of magic that kept the audiences charmed until the end of the film.

While much of the movie was a collection of elements from other Star Cinema romantic comedies, and the story was unoriginal and highly predictable, it was able to succed in satisfying the most basic requirements of a feel-good movie: 1. that it would make the audience feel like they did not waste their time and money, 2. make us care about the plight of the characters and 3. to give us that warm, fuzzy feeling after watching it.

Mario Maurer was every bit of the charming leading man that he was marketed to be. Of course, followers that have seen him in Love of Siam and Crazy Little Thing Called Love already know this. What was surprising though was Erich Gonzales. She was very affecting and effective in her role, conveying a depth that is absent from the limited and flawed script.

Since the cast was announced, several fans have expressed dismay at the choice of leading lady. The more popular choices for the role were Kim Chiu and Sarah Geronimo. After watching the film, I now see why Erich was picked and I can say that it was a pretty good choice.

While flawed, Suddenly It's Magic is worth watching simply because it offers the kind of allure that is often lost in commercial productions whether local or foreign. In an industry where most stories are recycled and pairings are chosen on the basis of marketability, here is a movie that seems to operate with the sole intent of making the audience believe in a kind of love that fairy tales are made of and one that is likely to stay with you when you are in need of a happy thought.

Rating: 2.5/5
Average Rating: 2.75/5

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  1. Anonymous11/02/2012

    Erich and Mario have chemistry.. The movie was nice..

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  2. Anonymous11/04/2012

    Mario maurer and erich gonzales had chemistry. so. the was nice and cute
    . sana masundan pa. I would request a movie again called (I PROMISE YOU
    LOVE ME AGAIN). THESE STORY ABOUT TWO PERSON THAT WOULD LIKE
    VOLUNTEER THERE LIFE TO POOR PEOPLE. TO SAVE PEOPLE LIFE
    THEY WENT ON MED SCHOOL TRAINING TO BECOME A DOCTOR.
    ERICH MET MARIO IN MED SCHOOL TRAINING. THEN THEY FALL IN LOVE
    AND GET MARRIED. BUT WHEN ERICH GROW UP. SHE WAS IN ORPHANAGE.
    AND SOME RICH FAMILY ADOPTED ERICH. THEY WANT ERICH TO BE A DOCTORED
    AND HELP POOR PEOPLE. THEN MARIO CAME HERE IN THE PHILIPPINES
    TO DO THE MED SCHOOL TRAINING TO BE A DOCTOR. HOW SHE MET ERICH.
    THEN THEY FALL IN LOVE. MARIO IS HARD WORKING DOCTOR.
    SOMETIMES HE REALIZE THAT HE WAS MESSING ABOUT HIS LIFE.
    THEN HE FALL IN LOVE TO ERICH. COULD YOU PLEASE MAKE THIS SHOW A
    PRIME TIME OR A MOVIE AGAIN FOR LOVE TEAM OF ERICH AND MARIO.
    THEY ARE A CUTE LOVE TEAM. FROM California Sacramento.Mario
    erich its my son favorite actress and actor.

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  3. Anonymous11/06/2012

    Gay Role of Joross could have been done better if they chose Enchong.

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  4. Anonymous11/06/2012

    critically, the movie is not good. but the audience were screaming all the time it made me think that i was at the wrong spot at the wrong time. this movie is not for all. but for the average pinoy, this one is a feel good one (doesn't make you think or analyse, just makes you enjoy what's happening on screen)

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  5. Anonymous11/07/2012

    critically.. the movie was good and cute and have a lesson I would say to you. You are not
    a good person. what I read your comrnents is jelousy. I was you just save your comment
    because that was not good. you just jealous with erich and mario.When I read your comment.
    I feel you are insecured person that post a bad comment to people like mario and erich
    So.. if was you. just drop dead.. And say a nice thing to this people. ,Its gonna come back.
    people say bad thing about you, like I said karma comes back to you. So. stop being
    hateful to someone. IF you are gay. just watch the movie and enjoy. If you are not gay
    stop being insecured to yourself stop being hateful.

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  6. The movie is great...i like the story with matching kilig

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  7. Anonymous11/12/2012

    Wow... When I was in Philippines, it was the Openning of this Movie and looking at the Posters didn't catch our attention because it was another teenage love story and only for teenagers. But as I read your comments it gives me that question that maybe this movie is good. I know I liked the movie "A secret Affair" and wasted my money on "This guy's in love with you, Mare" Hehehe! So now I will probably watch this one on DVD then.

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  8. Anonymous11/13/2012

    wala silang chemistry, I've watched a lot of asian romance films kaya ko to nasabi. and every time they act kahit pa nang naging magbf na sila, ang awkward nila sa isa't isa... hindi man lang ako kinilig sa movie na 'to

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  9. Anonymous11/14/2012

    One of the best review i've ever read. Not biased and prejudiced. And i can only agree to your review. Great movie. Your money will not be wasted and you'll go home smiling after watching this movie.

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  10. Anonymous11/14/2012

    C ERICH AT MARIO SUPER ANG CHEMISTRY MAY APPEAL MAY KILIG AH BASTA MAGANDA UNG TEAM NILA MAGANDA ANG MOVIE SUPER GANDA...AYAW NAMIN UNG SECRET AFFAIR AT THE MISTRESS.....SANA MASUNDAN PA UNG MOVIE NINA ERICH AT MARIO PLS.

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  11. grabeee!!!! WALA AKONG PAKE KUNG FLOP TO BOX OFFICE O BLOCKBUSTER! DAHIL HINDI MATATAWARAN ANG MGA SANDALING KAMIY PINAKILIG NI MARIO AT ERICH TAWANAN, IYAKAN, AT SA KAKILIGAN SA BAWAT HIYAWAN AT HAMPASAN, TADYAKAN! SULIT NA SULIT!!

    BEST MOVIEE EVERRRRRRRRRRRR

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  12. The characters are Good but the story is weak. It doesn't have the quality that Crazy Little thing called Love has. The story is very predictable making it an ordinary movie.

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  13. Anonymous11/20/2012

    I like the movie and I'd like your review, too. I think it's a feel good movie and I like this better than A secret affair. Erich and Mario has a kilig factor together and I would love to watch this again.

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  14. We might have like chalk and cheese feedbacks regarding the movie, some of course loved it and some might not. But regardless of all these differences and spar of ideas, come to think, the cast and crew of this movie had tried their best to give us entertainment, they unquestionably worked hard for it, and that should be treated with respect. The bottom-line is, if we CANNOT APPRECIATE it ATLEAST RESPECT it. I remember an author once said, “Learn how to acknowledge that others have weaknesses and put in mind that everyone is imperfect. And so we should be cautious not to let their failures erode our respect for their good qualities, in this way we can respect the desire of someone's heart even if we are disappointed by his or her actions”. Have a great day.

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  15. This is like telling a teacher not to give a student a failing grade if he tries to study anyway regardless if he performs well or not. Not to be misconstrued as me claiming to be a teacher of course, kust the analogy.

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  16. Anonymous1/11/2013

    Maganda to. Pogi ng leading man e, so guys walang basagan ng trip! :)

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  17. Anonymous3/17/2013

    The artists act depending on the role given to them It's such that... the movie story is not so good.. There are many roles to give Mario Maurer other than that.. The acting of Erich Gonzales isn't that good enough. It's better if they chose other. :)

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  18. Anonymous4/13/2013

    I watched the movie many times because of Mario Maurer. My opinion is whoever the girl partner to cute and angelic Mario would have a chemistry because of him. His looks is unstoppable..I like the story, not bad. His so adorable..Anyway, Im happy watching the movie with so much fun.

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