A Few Thoughts on “I’M DRUNK, I LOVE YOU” (JP Habac, 2017)
1. This movie hits right at home, as if speaking to me in a personal level. It contains two of the things that I love the most - good booze and good music. Almost 80% of the movie involves drinking, which is relatively the same percentage of what I do during my free time. Or so I thought. Also, it is packed with great music from talented Filipino artists like Ang Bandang Shirley, Cynthia Alexander, Bullet Dumas, Johnoy Danao, Parokya ni Edgar, and Ebe Freaking Dancel! We’ll get more of that later.
2. I’m claiming this: This is the best performance of Maja Salvador in a movie, a full 360-degree turn from her laughable role in One More Chance. The way she portrayed her character Carson was a natural and a very convincing, er, drunk Iska who fell into the Friendzone Realm. Paulo Avelino? He’s a great, versatile actor. You can’t argue with that. He fits perfectly for the role, though, what surprised me is how convincing he is as a musician and a film student. Dominic Roco was downright hilarious as Jason Ty, Carson’s BFF. Though some of my friends would dismiss his acting as “OA”, I think he candidly provided the much-needed humor in this painful movie. Jasmine Curtis-Smith as Pathy (with an “H”) provides balance to the wacky, unholy trinity of Dio, Carson, and Jason Ty.
3. In a dialogue-heavy movie like this, the script plays a vital role in delivering a good story. You have to give it to the writer(s) for making the lines natural, smart, funny, relatable, and towards the end, painful. You add up good music (with equally, great lyrics) to pair up with the lines and you come up with a masterpiece.
(Side note: Suddenly, “graduation” has a new connotation. Hay.)
4. Let’s talk about the music. As mentioned above, this contains some of the best songs from Filipino artists. Even before I saw the movie, I was already playing “Lloydy” on loop on Spotify (I even made a cover of the song twice). Hearing Ang Bandang Shirley’s “Tama na ang Drama” made me want to play it repeatedly inside the car. I almost screamed when I heard the intro of Cynthia Alexander’s “No Umbrella” (though, I just sang inside the theater, haha!). But the best song in the movie? Of course, the version of “Burnout” by Danao, Dancel, and Dumas. What a fitting end for a wasak movie like this.
5. I seriously craved for beer, bagnet, and butter balls after watching this. Why you do this to us?
6. Bonus feature: This includes the short film “Anghelito”, a spin-off to the widely-successful “Heneral Luna”. If that doesn’t get you hyped for Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral next year, aside from Paulo Avelino (duh), I don’t know what would.
7. Another bonus feature: The trailers of the upcoming movies mostly from TBA (Tuko, ButchiBoy, Artiko Uno) Productions. I fucking smiled from ear to ear (pun intended) when I saw the trailer of “Smaller and Smaller Circles”! Fast forward to that movie please!
(5 Stars for being brutally drunk, honest, and painful)