Five months after their initial pairing in For the First Time, Richard Gutierrez and KC Concepcion team up again for this season's Valentine's Day romance-fest When I Met U.
Right off the bat, this film is superior compared to their first pairing, but that isn't saying much-- For the First Time was such a mediocre film that it was one of my lowest rated films for 2008. When I Met U is in good hands under director Joel Lamangan's helm. I personally think he was able to draw out a lot of acting from the two good-looking lead stars, he was even able to make me believe for a second that KC was a simple-minded girl that spoke bad English. The chemistry between KC & Richard has definitely improved.
However, it is in the story department that the film's biggest flaw lies: The story is not entirely bad, but it just tries to do so much. So much that there are several subplots and scenes that could have been left out in the cutting room. The film clocks in at almost two hours and I think everyone will feel the length of the movie towards the middle.
When I Met U is a leap to where Richard & KC was a few months ago. But the long and belabored melodrama just ruins it for me.
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