This is a safe space. Here you can admit that you still harbor an intense, borderline fanatical obsession with Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson's legendary love team Kimerald.
And that feeling just reached colossal heights with the news of their upcoming reunion teleserye "Ikaw Lang Ang Iibigin."
Hence, this retrospective series, which dissects the best of the best of Kimerald's films.
We (together, holding hands and everything) have went through the deodorant-y "First Day High."
(Read related article: The best of the best in Kimerald's cinematic history (Part 1)
We also discussed the heartbreaking "Till My Heartaches End."
(Read related article: The best of the best in Kimerald's cinematic history (Part 2)
And then we also went full #throwback with their first lead film "I've Fallen For You".
(Read related article: The best of the best in Kimerald's cinematic history (Part 3)
We also did not forget the unforgettable 2010 flick "Paano Na Kaya."
(Read related article: The best of the best in Kimerald's cinematic history (Part 4)
And now well, we have come to discuss "27/7 in Love."
First off let's get into some context. In their story line, Kim and Gerald play college sweethearts Patty and Alvin who are reunited when her company wanted to recruit him (who became a sort of local hero when he saved people in a fire) to model in an underwear ad.
Here's the clincher: They didn't really have a formal breakup.
The heart of Kimerald's story line lies in their characters' motivations. Patty is a career woman. She wants to impress her sinister boss (played so well by Maricar Reyes) but for some reason, no amount of hard work can achieve this for her. Alvin is her key.
Alvin, on the other hand, is a simple man. He likes his job, he likes his life, and he is still kind of in love with her. This is a generous feat considering that she did ghost the living soul out of him.
Patty resurfaces in Alvin's life in true rom-com fashion: she climbs a tree. 'Cause how else could she have done gotten his attention? A phone call? Nah, forget it. An email? Not possible.
She had to climb a tree.
What follows is a series of great moments that show off Kimerald's ability to light a movie on fire with their chemistry like they do in this scene, which is Patty and Alvin's first interaction after their long separation:
Our Kimerald heart!
The story doesn't skimp on the drama either. In their confrontation scene, in which Alvin completely destroys Patty's illusion that her job would ever, ever give her any satisfaction, Gerald delivers this great line:
Their next moment is an apology scene, largely carried by Kim's great talent to just carve out emotions and portray them authentically on-screen.
Kim's Patty just breaks your heart, and still makes you root for her happiness.
All this build-up is of course culminated in a happy ending, which stayed true to their character's motivations.
Patty keeps her job, and Alvin gets the girl.
He totally and completely gets the girl.
WHY THIS FILM IS IMPORTANT:
In "24/7 in Love," Kim and Gerald's characters confront an inevitability in all our lives: growth.
Their story line attacks a very common problem in the contemporary love story: career vs. love. Sometimes we choose one over the other, but this film tells us that we can choose both and hopefully things will turn out okay.
What we also see in this film is a Kimerald that is not afraid to confront the fact that while it could get really awkward to work with an ex, it is not impossible.
And we can't wait to see them bring the same chemistry and professionalism when their new teleserye, "Ikaw Lang Ang Iibigin" premieres next year.
Bilis na 2017!
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