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She's Dating the Gangster is a Philippine coming-of-age romantic comedy drama film based on the best Pop Fiction book of the same name originally published on ordendelsantosepulcro.info's Philbert Ortiz-Dy of Click the City gave a positive review in the film, stating that She's Dating the Gangster is at its best when it allows. Jul 17, The early 90's was for Philippine cinema a period for transition from the hard- hitting dramas and actioners to the sugary and light romances that. I'm okay with trying new authors but this time, I should have bought another Summit book. The synopsis of She's Dating the Gangster is catchy. A refined bad boy.
As with all love stories of this type, the pretences dissipate, giving way for what seems to be true love, which would be abruptly stopped by some mean twist of fortune, which in this very unoriginal case, is a fatal disease.
Garcia-Molina, thankfully, has more adventurism than most of her peers who would have gone the route of simply filming the novel as is, as what Andoy Ranay did in his adaptation of Diary ng Panget The Ugly's Diary, Garcia-Molina's adaptation, which innovates to cover the obvious derivativeness of Bernardino's text, is simply put, offers a stark improvement over the original material.
A variation of Bernardino's love story between Athena Kathryn Bernardo and Kenji Daniel Padillaset in the 90's instead of the novelette's original timeline, is sandwiched within the beginnings of the blossoming romance between Athena's niece and Kenji's son, who are also played by Bernardo and Padilla.
The niece and the son have been serendipitously forced into a mission to reunite middle-aged Athena and Kenji played by Hihintayin Kita sa Langit's Zulueta and Gomez respectively who have been separated by mysterious circumstances. Predictably, Athena and Kenji's love story has more meat. The niece and the son's romance feels more like an afterthought, a way to further capitalize the masses' interest on Bernardo and Padilla's popular love team.
Nevertheless, Garcia-Molina drapes Athena and Kenji's narrative with a crazed mix of kitsch and nostalgia for what the 90's represented in Philippine pop culture.
‘She’s Dating the Gangster’ Review: Asking for a greater love story
It is the era of paged messages, tie-dyed tees, gaudy bandanas, garish plaids, and denim vests, all of which are remnants of a generation fed with movies and television shows starring Jolina Magdangal and Marvin Agustin.
She's Dating the Gangster is rightfully colorful, evoking every bit of the 90's trademark tack. The tragedy invented by Bernardino has been creatively subdued.
Star Cinema undoubtedly protested the grim end of Athena and Kenji, as told by the book. It has to be a happy ending, for the sake of profitable escapism. Thus, instead of death as the payment for love, Garcia-Molina chose the reality of not being with the one you love, of waiting, of eventually settling.
It is this ending that separates Bernardino's juvenilia and Garcia-Molina's masked maturity, in the midst of studio compromises. There are simply more heartaches more immense than the ones dealt by mortality. The film adaptation of She's Dating the Gangster is a series of risks taken that paid off quite well.
It could have been a straight adaptation and it would still have pre-teens bawling because of the tragic ending.
She's Dating the Gangster by Bianca B. Bernardino
There were too many imperfections of this story but I won't mention them all. Most importantly, I felt like this "book" doesn't have a plot.Official Trailer - 'She's Dating The Gangster' - Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo
Okay, it has one but it was too confusing and indirect. I really resisted the urge to just leave the story unfinished. I really wanted to stop reading. But I wanted to see what everyone was talking about. I thought that with every chapter that I finish, the story would at least progress and slowly develop to reach the climax and main conflict but there were too much "filler chapters".
A lot of chapter was unnecessary. This story shouln't have been published into a book.
A book is at least clear, polished, and clean. It was as if every chapter in this story was rushed.
She’s Dating The Gangster Book Review
As if the author just thought of random scene to put in a chapter. To say that I am disappointed is an understatement. I really expected this story to be "good" but this story is really far from it. I don't mean to offend anyone in this review.
I don't want to come off as someone who is excellent in writing.