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I’m a sucker for romantic comedy films and for the better part of the film, I was laughing and rooting for the leads’ love story. But as the film revealed how the story of Tonyo (Empoy Marquez) and Lea (Alessandra de Rossi) came to be, I could not help but be troubled and disturbed. All the romance and magic I felt during the early parts of the film suddenly vanished.
I was bothered and creeped out. And I still do not understand how those gestures got romanticized and somehow accepted as gestures made by someone who is in love with and cares deeply for the other person.
The first part of the film felt overly dramatic but I understood that it was presented as the the foundation of the lead’s story. Those sequences made us root for Lea’s eventual happiness.
And we were rooting for her. But I, along with my fellow cinema goers at SM Mall of Asia, were rooting more for Tonyo. How he tirelessly pursued Lea until he caught her attention and eventually her love. How he showed her true friendship in the middle of what could have been a very depressing moment in Lea’s life.
Empoy was really charming and funny as Tonyo, who wanted to show Lea that she could still live her life as she pleases; that she could move forward from her tragic relationship and her temporary blindness.
But what happened at the final third of the movie was downright creepy. When the film started to show Tonyo’s side of the story, I was wishing that my guess wasn’t true. But it was. Tonyo’s gestures leading up to him being with Lea could be considered as some of our parents’ worst nightmares. One could say that Tonyo was obsessed with Lea. And after learning all that, I could not bring myself to admire Tonyo’s so-called “love” for her.
No amount of charming acting or stunning visual would be enough to mask this disturbing backstory.
Just like the movie’s premise, ‘Kita Kita’ was a good film only while the viewer is still blinded by the limits of how far someone can go just to be with the person he likes.