‘A Second Chance’ is a Filipino romantic drama and a sequel to Star Cinema’s 2008 mega movie hit, ‘One More Chance’. The flick still stars the phenomenal love team & box office juggernauts John Lloyd Cruz & Bea Alonzo and helmed by the renowned director Cathy Garcia-Molina. The film is a continuation of Popoy and Basha’s love story as they delved into their new chapter as a married couple filled with trials and problems.
When Star Cinema stated of a sequel to ‘One More Chance’, it was a sensitive moment to those faithful to the original movie since it is one classic film unworthy of a sequel and fearful of ruining its reputation and quality. Good thing is the producers and filmmakers proved everyone wrong as ‘A Second Chance’ provided a solid and rich story to tell the audience. It did not only present a typical love story or conflicts between married couple but it gave us something relevant, timely and commonality.
It didn’t bother me that the flick ran for 2 hours and 10 minutes since it was well directed and not a single frame or shot was put to waste because it is crucial to story and character development. ‘A Second Chance’ delivered a well-balanced pacing while infusing a right amount of hilarity to counterbalance its heaviness of the drama. Its entertainment value is praiseworthy as it was engaging and exerted a lot of efforts to details including metaphors of failed relationship e.g. collapse of that loaf of bread Popoy was preparing.
The entire cast was perfect including the original team consisting of Dimples Romana, Ahron Villafor, Janus del Prado, Bea Saw and James Blanco. It is evident that they already have that rapport, chemistry and their portrayal being Popoy & Basha’s close friends were very realistic. It is also worth noting the additional cast of Arci Munoz and Billy Crawford spiced up the flow of the movie. It is undoubtedly not a rocket science to know how brilliant John Lloyd and Bea is and it was visible from their performance and portrayal of the lead characters. The amount of emotions given to each scenes were overflowing may it be lightheartedness or dramatic moments. Cathy Garcia-Molina is also excellent as their director from its editing, scoring, and screenplay. She also knows how to play with its cinematography as it was neatly and smartly used or done to set tone for a happy, heartbreaking or tensed scenes.
All in all, I will give the movie 4.5 out of 5 stars for providing an above par sequel to a beloved movie.
Photo credits to ABS-CBN and Star Cinema.