Had the opportunity to watch Barcelona: A Love Untold at the theatre yesterday. I attended with my fiancé and I didn’t have many high expectations for the film. What I was expecting was a romantic comedy set in Barcelona. I had no idea what the plot was going to be about. I saw the trailer on TV. I’m trying to learn Tagalog, so I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to watch Barcelona: A Love Untold.
Anyways, I was pleasantly surprised with what I watched. Daniel Padilla stars as Ely, an architect in Barcelona working hard on his education. From the moment, he was introduced; you could tell that he has endured a lot. I sensed that he went through something dramatic, but that’s just me. Kathryn Bernardo plays Mia is a girl who ran away from her family in the Philippines in order to redeem herself. She’s a cry baby, and is not used to hard labor. She has a snobby feel to her, but there’s more that meets the eye when it comes to her character. Mia loves her sisters dearly, and has a troubled relationship with her father. Mia feels ashamed for her actions and does whatever it takes to better herself.
The basic plot is that Mia and Ely’s lives cross in Barcelona. Ely is immediately drawn to Mia since she reminds him of his past love, Celine. Though the physical similarity is uncanny, she is not Celine.
What I loved about the film was the cinematography. This movie felt like it had a high budget. Every scenery was beautiful. Spain’s beauty was wonderfully displayed well. Also, kudos to the actors for learning Spanish for their roles. I found myself laughing at certain points of the movie because the hilarious situations. One of my favorite moments was when Ely was covered completely in soap head to toe. I don’t really want to spoil much, but I loved the slow burn romance between Ely and Mia. Very entertaining. What I loved was Mia’s character arc. Mia changes from the moment she is introduced to the end. She isn’t taken seriously by others around her. She turns her life around knowing that she has to change and prove that she is a hard worker. Honestly, I didn’t expect Mia to survive in Barcelona for her lack of Spanish. But she did! She’s a wiser person by the end of the movie.
Ely also goes through his own character arc. Before Mia was introduced in his life, he was very serious and had personal sadness in his life. He notices himself changing, especially when he drops his guard around Mia. Both actors had a lot of chemistry, and it felt natural the way both characters were falling for each other. The romance was a slow buildup. Ely and Mia’s relationship had several up and down bought by tragedy.
Moving on to the conflicts arising from both parties, the solutions were dealt with by the end of the film. I didn’t know in what direction the film was going to end. This might be my favorite movie from the Philippines. Coincidentally my second favorite Filipino film is She’s Dating The Gangster which stars Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo. There’s hardly any moments of cheesiness when it comes to the film. A perfect blend of drama with well written characters. Lastly, this film deals with death, love, forgiveness, and change. It was such a beautiful movie that had far more drama than comedic moments. Would I watch this film again? Yes, I would. And would I recommend it? Absolutely.
Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️