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​Warning: language, suggestive themes
​A/N: this series may contain sensitive or triggering topics for some, I’ll do my best to put them in the warnings.  Just be advised it’s going to get dark.

The club is dark, and Ricky can feel the bass beneath his feet as he shuffles begrudgingly through the crowd.

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OF LAYERS, ROLES AND LOVE: A Crazy Beautiful You Review

There is none more refreshing than characters, and this movie tells a story of two people almost self-destructing in theirs: hiding,playing roles, broken.

Whilst Crazy Beautiful You still follows the usual tropes which plague Philippine, or Star Cinema, movies, it does however have Jackie and Kiko, and for that, I am grateful.


I would be remiss if I would say I came to this will high expectations, if only because She’s Dating The Gangster, for this film genre, is pretty much high up there.

Now, this is not to say that CBY is better than SDTG, quite the opposite actually: each film created an avenue for Kathryn and Daniel to showcase their growth as actors, and for that CBY and SDTG is better compared to apples and oranges than to each other.

Now, the characters of both Jackie and Kiko are not new, the exploration of their characters are refreshing however.

Jackie’s layers were told the same way the Nolan brothers chose to unravel The Joker in The Dark Knight: we first see a broken, self-destructive character; one almost screaming to be heard, understood, arguably, to be rescued. Jackie’s pain was revealed narratively, we never saw it; we only saw the haunted version which was the result of her past. A past that paved the way for layers to be added one upon another.

Kiko’s character was upon us – we entered his world, similar to how we entered the world of Katniss in The Hunger Games. We knew what he was at face value, but we also knew as viewers there was something else under that gregarious and seeemingly put together young man; everything in his environment demands that to be true.

Jackie and Kiko, as they initially stated, are broken and in their brokenness they heal each other.

The former needed to zoom out, the latter to zoom in.

Jackie needed to see outside of herself in order to forgive and appreciate love; Kiko was so bottled in, so used to playing roles, that he couldn’t see past them; he was so used to giving love, but never one worthy of receiving it.


Despite the family mellow drama and the plot devices that are her mother, his father & brother, Jackie and Kiko’s journey to healing was a satisfying one.

This was the most character-driven resolution of any KathNiel project to date.

What I loved about the closing arcs of the story is that, both lead characters needed to accept themselves, as much as they can at that age & in those circumstances, before they allowed themselves to be with each other.

That’s maturity right there.

That’s character growth.

That’s what was missing from the others before this.

And for that Crazy Beautiful You stands to be that one film which finally paved the way for KathNiel to have character-driven rather than plot-driven stories, or at least in the final two acts.


There is nothing to be said that hasn’t been said before, or so I thought.

Kath and DJ delivered performances befitting their stature.

This movie further proves how powerful onscreen chemistry is. There were three sequences that stood out for me: the first when we saw them peeling away those layers, when they finally stopped playing their assumed roles and was them, Jackie and Kiko, at the core of who they really are; the second, a quiet exchange of what made them who they are now; and, the last, one of the most sensual – yet innocent – exploration of young love, a staring contest, a teasing question, and KathNiel. Just them. That was all that was needed. 

Kath is as brilliant as ever. She gave vulnerability and strength to Jackie, without a fault. DJ is magnificent in this film. His growth from Joaquin to Ryan to Kenji to Kenneth and now to Kiko is something great to watch.


They never claimed this movie to be anything but what it is, and for the genre it is categorised in, Crazy Beautiful You is one of the best.

It might have succumbed to what was expected of a film as such, but they were able to focus on resolutions via character growth rather than plot devices.

They were able to present a film which was more than kilig: it had depth, it had a heart, and it had Jackie and Kiko.