Commentary: I spent two hours watching Talk Back and You’re Dead, a Filipino movie based on a Wattpad story. I was excited since one of my friends recommended it to me. Well, I can’t take back two hours of my life. The movie was supposed to be a romantic comedy, but I found it to be more over the top than a Spanish telenovela. The typical good girl, Miracle Samantha Perez/Sammy (Nadine Lustre) falls in love with the bad boy TOP/Timothy Odelle Pendleton (James Reid), and both of them have to overcome challenges in order to be with each other. Well, it turns out that both protagonists are childhood friends, but due to Miracle losing her memories due to an accident, she forgets all about Timothy. On the other hand, Timothy vows to only love Sammy and searches for her all over the world, a couple years prior to the present. Most of the time, I ended up laughing and having to pause the movie because everything felt exaggerated for me. I couldn’t feel the chemistry between the two protagonists at all. James Reid’s character was monotone for most of the time, while Nadine Lustre did excellent for her role. I didn’t find the story cute whatsoever. I didn’t find their relationship cute at all. Timothy was constantly calling Miracle “retarded and stupid”, but did she do anything about it? Not really…Anyways, the main reason why Miracle and Timothy couldn’t be together was because Miracle’s parents arranged her marriage to Jared/Red (Joseph Marco), who happened to be Timothy’s friend. I did have a feeling that Red had a mini crush on Miracle, but was not expecting the arranged marriage storyline at all. If you’re asking if Miracle was going to find a way to stop the marriage, she tried eloping with Timothy, but she left Timothy because she wanted to protect him from her family destroying his family’s company. Before leaving the Philippines to go to France with Jared, she promises Timothy that she’ll come back for him. Two years later, she returns with Jared and is shocked to learn that Timothy got into an accident. She searches for him, regains her memories in the process, and learns that he is blind because of his accident. In the end, both protagonists embrace each other and that’s it. I really felt that the movie left unanswered questions such as how did Miracle get into an accident, how did she manage to persuade her parents from getting out from the arranged marriage, and what happened to Timothy? I didn’t enjoy this movie at all. I couldn’t connect with the protagonists at all and I found their love story to be cheesy. Now, I’m wondering if the book is just as cheesy as the movie. I hope not. Would I recommend it? Absolutely not.
Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️