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Starting Over Again – Movie Review

February 13, 2014 by  

Piolo Pascual was already popular when Toni Gonzaga shouted “I love you Piolo!” in a soda commercial. Years later, she found a way to catch up with her leading man when it comes to luster and maybe, talent. Now came their long overdue first movie tandem, aided with the perfect hype, and boasted with a brilliant script.


Nothing obvious went wrong for Star Cinema’s Valentine offering but more than the actors’ fine performances and director Olivia Lamasan’s decent execution, Star Cinema should be providing the brightest and the biggest trophy to screenwriter Carmi Raymundo. Pushing the overused scenario of a love triangle to a spot that is innovative and original is an exceptional task, especially for a movie which is designed for commercialism.

It was a slow start. Though fun and light, I was wishing for it to pick up. Fortunately, it did as the emotional sequences that our melodramatic moviegoers are looking for came at the second half. It was worth the wait. The ending is not favorable for the fans of love stories but it was fresh. Bringing it to real life, “Starting Over Again” provided lessons of when to push, to fold, to accept and when to move on.

The transitions from the then and the now were not conventional and even if unmarked with music or annoying floating texts, the time travel was cohesive and audience-friendly. The lines of the characters were smart and strong too. Ginny (Tony Gonzaga) is brutally assertive, showing how the timid Filipina can scream her hearts out and get what she believe belongs to her. Patty (Iza Calzado), on the other hand, is the sophisticated, polished and secure woman packed with wisdom. Marco (Piolo Pascual), meanwhile, is your usual gentleman who is calm despite the pains. But if there’s one character which made the movie significant, it was the role that Calzado portrayed. This is how well-represented different personalities were and they were beautifully weaved together.



24 Responses to “Starting Over Again – Movie Review”

  1. Rhodora X on February 13th, 2014 7:06 am

    Bakit ba ayaw nila tantanan yung mga movie na same-sex love story ung tema??!!

    Buti pa gawin nlng nilang pure comedy, ‘My Beki Valentine’ hahaha, o kaya ‘Si Panga at si Bakla.’

  2. tin on February 13th, 2014 7:39 am

    napakaganda nung movie hindi natin inaasahan yung ending pero ganun man talaga nangyayari sa real life… hindi pang fairytale.,, it’s a reality of life..,.

  3. gwapzbaako on February 13th, 2014 8:25 am

    Kahit movie yan, mas maganda pa rin, happy ending. Feel good movie lang #la pa rin tatalo sa Bride For Rent. Sobrang feed good movie at happy ending talaga… pa labas ng tao, unstoppable ang mga comments..

    sa Startin Over Again, halatang halatang tahimik mga tao paglabas, parang hugkag ung pakiramdam kasi hindi nga happy ending.. hindi nasapawan ng mga kung nao anong personalities na pinakita sa dulo ng movie… korny …

    In fairness, nag enjoy naman ako sa mga dialogue, kadramahan at pakilig ni papa p at mga gestures ni Toni.. wala talaga tatalo kay toni sa mga ganung role. hahaha..

    Kayo, panoorin nyo pa rin, maganda naman .. wag lang mag focus sa ending… hahahaah

  4. Rhodora X on February 13th, 2014 8:56 am

    Tangnga talaga ako…nakakahiya maging kapuso.

  5. cistine345 on February 13th, 2014 8:58 am

    Ang gwapo talaga ni Papa P.

  6. RHODORA X X X X on February 13th, 2014 9:29 am

    rhoda ang akong pangalan,tanga ko na pagkatao ka maka gma ko

  7. meme on February 13th, 2014 9:58 am

    Feel ko ang ending!!! Realistic!! Hindi lang puro ka cornyhan. Ito dapat lahat ng ending. Kung hindi na pwede, wag nang ipilit pa!!

    Wag na i compare sa bride for rent!! Pang immature yon! Hindi comparable sa movie na ito.

  8. pinky on February 13th, 2014 12:10 pm

    musta na yung movie ng gma films na basement?
    breaking box office nba? balita ko, all star cast daw ng mga kapuso stars?

  9. no1amaya on February 13th, 2014 3:47 pm

    no 1 ngayon sa boxoffice ang the basement. Nilalangawan ngaun ung muvie na to. nd nga kmi nakaupo nung nanook kmi ng the basement kahit 6/8 ung naoccupy nya sa sinehan. proud kapuso talaga ako. nakakatakot. manood kau pls.

  10. Gretchen Georgina on February 13th, 2014 8:56 pm

    It was really nice movie mas lalo kung minahal ang aking favorite director na c OLIVIA LAMASAN after watching STARTING OVER AGAIN :-) <3 <3 <3

  11. John Santos on February 13th, 2014 9:22 pm

    Baliw ata ang fan ng basement eh kagabi sa MOA is ang sinehan na nga lang eh binigay pa sa Starting Over Again nong gabi na kasi wala ng nanonood ng basement…. Kawawa naman yang Amaya no1 baliw ata

  12. Gretchen Georgina on February 13th, 2014 9:40 pm

    Super gwapo talaga ni PIOLO sa movie na yun, I love the scene na confrontation between IZA and TONI, the palitan ng lines very wala talaga un sa ibang local movies.

  13. Gretchen Georgina on February 13th, 2014 9:44 pm

    basta mga GMA Fans na walang mga credibilidad at urbanidad :D

  14. Gretchen Georgina on February 13th, 2014 9:49 pm

    Nayanig man ang sinehan ng CINEMA 4-Gaisano Mall, Iligan City dahil sa surprise ending at kung ano man ang meron sa surprise ending na un ang dapat niyong panoorin.

  15. yhanzkie on February 14th, 2014 9:57 am

    ang ganda ng ending.. not your typical happy ending! which is tama tlga in real life.. kaya maganda siya…. il watch it again….

  16. bernz on February 14th, 2014 2:28 pm

    we’ll watch it this heart’s day w/ my wife…!!!!

  17. curious on February 14th, 2014 8:55 pm

    anu po nangyari sa ending???

  18. nathan on February 14th, 2014 9:25 pm

    kung ako si marco, yun din ang gagawin ko. mganda ending ng movie. nakakarelate ako.

  19. Roel Rivera on February 15th, 2014 2:23 am

    ano po ba talagang nangyari??

  20. paquita m. on February 15th, 2014 6:31 am

    Gasgas na masyado ang story ng Starting Over….nakapanood na ako ng movie ganyan ang story ang bida si Marian R. Kaya “Basement” na lang panoorin niyo suspense horror. Yayakapin pa kayo ng mga dyowa nyo!

  21. cutie on February 15th, 2014 2:34 pm

    Starting Over Again reached 100 M in just 3 days!!! ano kau ngaun haters??? malaking NGANGA!!!!

  22. Gretchen Georgina on February 18th, 2014 7:09 am

    Hoy PAQIUTA the name it self bastos talaga yang bunganga mo

  23. divine on February 22nd, 2014 10:45 am

    More than Php. 200M ang kinita nito in just first week Grabe!

  24. katniss on February 27th, 2014 4:07 pm

    Maganda naman ang kwento, nilagyan na lang ng comedy para di masyado masakit sa manonood na hindi pala happy ending. Pero realistic to, hindi naman nga kasi lahat ng lovelife eh happy ending. bagay to panggising sa mga taong umaasa kahit wala na talaga. at hindi ito magugustuhan ng mga naghahanap ng happy ending. just saying. :)

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