Love is Colorblind review – an enjoyable ride with a cliched story and characters

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Summary

With some adorable moments between the lead pair, Love is blind is a feel-good movie watchable as a guilty pleasure.

This Netflix movie review Love is Colorblind contains no spoilers.

Love is perhaps the most powerful emotion in this world. Love makes our lives worth living. Love is what gives us hope in the darkest hours. Love is the only thing that makes this world a beautiful place. From the Beetles’ “All You Need is Love” to Wong Kar-wai’s “In the Mood for Love”, the need and sense of belonging for love shows up in pop culture from time to time. Perhaps in cinema, love stories are one of the most popular genres. But often, these love stories become too clichéd and pretentious not to leave a mark.

The new version of Netflix Love is blind can be categorized as another cliched romantic comedy with a cliched story and characters. The highest-grossing Filipino film of the last year, this film stars Donny Pangilinan and Belle Mariano in their first film together. Directed by John Leo D. Garcia, the film focuses on the love story between Cara and Ino and the ups and downs of their relationship. Ino becomes achromatopsic colorblind after dealing with a horrific accident, which also takes her mother away from her. He struggles to cope with this trauma and becomes broke. His longtime sweetheart Cara tries everything to help him in this situation. But things get complicated between them as Ino worries about being a handicap for Cara.

Although the plot is cliched, I have to say that the color scheme used in the film is quite impressive. The importance of color in our lives, how it affects our moods and our worldviews, the film tries to address that in some places. And, for this part, it can be watched with curiosity. With three beautiful songs perfectly placed in the context of the film’s narrative and some adorable moments between the lead pairs, the film can work in some places as a feel-good feeling after dealing with some hopelessness in a day. But aesthetically, the movie has a lot of shortcomings that can’t be justified by guilty pleasures.

The storyline drags on with limited character arcs and unnecessary slapstick humor. The film’s key moments are drastically executed, which leads to a lack of connection to the film. The actors can’t salvage this loss of connection with their acting either, though I love Belle Mariano’s role as the bubbly, empathetic, and supportive Cara. In some places, she reminds me of Geet Dhillon from Imtiaz Ali’s ‘Jab We Met’. In my opinion, she’s the most relatable character in the whole movie. But the other half of DonBelle (in the Philippines, Belle and Donny are called that), Donny Pangilinan has limited acting I would say. Absent is the psychological trauma and heartbreak that must come from his playing. Additionally, the necessary complexity for his character is lacking in the writing itself, which fails to flesh out the character as relatable and make us feel for him.

Despite these setbacks, there’s no denying it Love is blind is an enduring romantic comedy. It worked for me even as a guilty pleasure. And if you’re having a hard day of heartache and despair, you should definitely try this one on Netflix.

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