Random Thoughts on the full trailer of the Alden Richards-Kathryn Bernardo movie, Hello, Love, Goodbye:
1. My train of thoughts is still incoherent even a couple of hours after my initial viewing of the trailer. I casually waited for it during FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano; a sort of sacrifice on my part because the drama series that I religiously watch on primetime is now airing on that same time slot and I had to give it up for tonight. Siyempre, si Alden ang priority. I tuned in at around 8:20pm because they said the trailer was scheduled to be launched at 8:30pm. FPJAP went into commercial at around 8:25 and BOOM! The HLG trailer just came out. I just stared at the TV. Then another BOOM! Alden Richards was shirtless in a scene. HOMAYGAD. Then I just stared and stared at the TV and after it ended, I just sat there, asking myself what just happened. I felt a lump on my throat and my eyes started tearing up. I initially chalked it up to that last scene of Kathryn and Alden where she said, “kung mahal mo ako, bakit pinapapili mo ako?” Her delivery of that line just pierced me through my entire being.
Then I realized, no. It’s not that. It’s because, finally, after all this time that I’ve been out of the loop because of… reasons, it all sunk in. Alden Richards is in a Star Cinema movie. With Kathryn Bernardo. Under the team of writer Carmi Raymundo and director Cathy Garcia-Molina. It’s not just a major film project, it’s a DAMN GOOD major film project.
I’ve been heavily criticized – nay, bashed – by the loveteam fandom for always saying that I want to see Alden in a project where more people, especially those who didn’t know him prior to AlDub, can see his true worth as an Actor. This is it. We waited three, four years for this.
I’m feeling so emotional that viewing it three times is enough. I can’t replay any further because my heart can’t take it anymore.
Funny, though, that I’m feeling this way towards just the TRAILER. I wonder what I’ll do when I watch the actual movie? Should I bring a towel because tissues won’t be enough?
2. The one thing I love about Star Cinema is this: they sure know how to create HYPE for their movies.
First off, they released teasers of the teaser. It certainly peaked our curiosity. Then the one-minute teaser came out, and we all got shookt at the iconic exchange:
Ethan (Alden): “Baka nagugutom ka na?”
Joy (Kathryn): “I love you.”
Ethan: *nods and did not say anything*
The Hugot Generation took notice. All sorts of memes and reaction videos came out. On top of it all, people noticed the electrifying onscreen chemistry. It was such a shock because, when the movie had its first story conference, Alden and Kath were still in their awkward stage and the chemistry wasn’t evident yet. People had doubts. Then the teaser came out, and we’re like, WOW. Where did that come from? People started realizing that this is a team-up that we never knew we wanted.
Just when you thought you know everything about the movie from just seeing the teaser, out came the full trailer. And everything you thought you knew about the movie from the teaser just got thrown out of the window.
Well played, Star Cinema. Well played.
3. Of course, since this is a Star Cinema movie, you can count on it having at least one iconic line that will surely make a mark with the audience.
With this trailer alone, I counted… I dunno. So many.
That “I love you – I don’t love you” exchange will surely generate a number of memes. But I think the one that truly made a mark is the last scene. You know how dramatic we Filipinos can get. The lines by itself pierced through the heart. All the more because Alden and Kathryn delivered it with so much pain.
Side note: I just love it that, on this trailer, not a single voice was raised even in confrontation scenes. It’s such a refreshing change from the traditional sigawan-sampalan-sabunutan fare that we usually get from Filipino TV shows and movies. Just eye-acting is enough. This is Alden’s expertise, and I am truly grateful that the general public is finally seeing it.
4. Aside from Hello, Love, Goodbye being a good movie with great actors and a formidable production team, I believe that this movie is a must-watch for this reason: For the first time, the two rival networks ABS CBN and GMA are working together to give us this movie. While this is mainly a Kapamilya project and this is not the first time that GMA loaned one of their top artists to their rival, I think this is the first time that both networks banded together to promote the same movie. Also, correct me if I’m wrong, but I think Alden is the first GMA Artist Center talent to work at Star Cinema? The others (Dingdong, Marian, Jennylyn, etc) are Kapuso artists but are not managed by GMAAC.
If you’re one of those who, like me, are sick and tired of this stupid network war, you should support this movie.