A Girl and A Guy Review – Relevant and daring
Here’s my A Girl and A Guy review which is directed by Erik Matti and stars Alexa Miro and Rob Gomez and is now streaming on Upstream
A Girl and A Guy is a modern tale of young adults navigating the tricky world of relationships, connection, and intimacy in today’s society. The film tells the story of a girl, the story of a guy, and the story of a girl and a guy.
Like the title itself, its the story of a girl and a guy in this modern age of love and sex (with a dash of the pandemic). Actually, scratch that, there’s a lot of sex. But thats not really what the movie wants to tell. It wants to tell the story of people from the current generation, the 20 somethings with their goals and aspirations, their turn ons and hang ups and what they want to be.
It’s a nice dive into the world of the younger generation, and seeing that I’m not part of this generation, “A Girl and a Guy” gives us a more realistic look into their world.
Alexa Miro’s Fiona, a really fresh face in the entertainment biz, showed what she can do and its really more than just baring her body. She succintly embodies one of the many Pinays in the age group. Ambitious and at the same time looking for a deeper connection. Alone and yet with somebody. I’m sad that Matti didn’t have enough time to explore the other archetypes of this age bracket but I like what he did with the two main characters.
Rob Gomez’s character, Raf, is also a good indicator of what Pinoy guys are right now. A good balance of brash and arrogant and demure and confused. I liked how he’s written too (although not I don’t envy the guy). He goes through numerous changes as the movie goes forward. It’s rare to see a movie which depicts the main character really “mellowing out” throughout the journey.
Love is another factor that plays strongly in this film. Both characters continue to look for love and find themselves some level of comfort in each other’s company (sometimes physical and some times virtual). Definitely liked the way they wrote the story that both of them have this good platonic relationship without sex really involved. It’s just this deep kindred and deep friendship that they formed. Then there are the relationships that they do form outside that pushes them into maturity and also drags them back to square one. Brilliant.
The ending was weird to me but I do understand the underlying meaning behind it. It did have that classic Erik Matti feel to it too so I’m totally OK with it. It’s just weird. Definitely a bold choice of wrapping up the film, hat tip to direk Erik for choosing to go this route too.
I loved the musical choices Matti used in the film which is varied. I’m a big softy so I loved that bit where they used the song from Sugarfree called “Tulog Na” to help improve the scene. I like that Matti still works on the belief system that using the right song could help speed up the feeling and the mood