Only You, or Ikaw, is a drama film directed by Marla Ancheta and stars Janine Gutierrez, Pepe Herrera, and Pilita Corrales, alongside other cast members. The movie has a runtime of 109 minutes.
Netflix describes the movie as:
Back in her hometown for her grandmother’s birthday, a real estate agent reconnects with a childhood friend, bringing new possibilities in life and love.
– Only You review or Ikaw review does not contain spoilers –
The movie starts with Dee on the most awkward and annoying date ever. Janine Gutierrez’s facial expressions are hilarious and relatable. She looks like she’s in pain throughout and you’ll totally understand the cringe within the short interaction. Either way, it sets a precedent for what successful, headstrong and beautiful Dee has to face in the dating game. A relatable set of incidents make the opening moments of the movie intriguing and funny.
The rest of Only You takes place at Dee’s grandmother’s home where she finds love and figures out life, albeit with some problems while on the road. Ok so, Edong’s first impressions are bringing things to Grandma’s house, being smitten with Dee and day drinking. I mean, he’s a nice guy, but he gazes at Dee with a puppy dog face which can have very confusing impressions depending on the situation at hand. Plus, he drinks a lot, it’s actually alarming. Although no one else bats an eye about this, and I wonder why? Will this factor in somewhere in the storyline?
Either way, Only You is sometimes sweet although it showcases some very odd things that might make you cringe. I am not aware of the cultural connotations, but Edong asking Lola permission before “courting” Dee is just so odd. Sure, people might do it out of respect, but still, it just feels so strange in this day and age. Probably ask the girl who has a crush on you first whether she’d be interested to go out with you? Plus, there’s this weird short scene where a (possibly) effeminate and/or gay guy hits on Manny out of the blue. Moreover, the slut shaming did not miss my eyes either. The last two are played off as funny scenes, but… are they?
That aside, Ikaw has moments that are adorable. I liked the protagonists’ chemistry and their love story doesn’t contain out-of-the-world and unachievable romance. It’s pretty down to earth, which I liked. For those of you who like sweet, achievable romantic stories with some drama peppered here and there, this will be for you. Although I must say, the story does not have much in terms of newness. The storyline is quite predictable and you’ll be able to figure out what’s going to happen from the moment Dee comes home – at least the first half, that is.
The pacing feels a bit off, however. It goes slow at first, which is fine, you know. Slowing building up the person and the relationships. And then it’s helicopter position, matching tattoos and dead bodies all of a sudden. The ending half an hour is the weakest of the plot, with too much happening too fast for you to catch your breath. And honestly, it just feels too forced. There’s no reason for incidents of this magnitude to take place, but it does, maybe for the shock factor? But then again, what do you expect when you’re surrounded by day drinkers?
Summing up: Only You
Only You ruins the experience with that horrendously over-the-top ending. The movie starts off slow-paced and I liked how relatable it was. Like, sure, you might have to stay back with your sick grandmother, sometimes people don’t have a choice. But that “twist” that the movie delivers comes out of the left field and feels forced and rushed. Ikaw, essentially, shoots itself in the foot.
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