With the movie earning more than P100million on its first week, no doubt Star Cinema's The Mistress is a huge success in the history of Philippine movies. But what made it so successful?The Outsider will not answer that question because it's given. What we will tackle instead are the five remarkable things from the movie.
- Bea Alonzo's subtle delivery, a revelation. She stunned the audience with her performance. With not much lines all throughout the movie, no shouting, she did very well in playing her character. It was subtle yet so moving especially for the moviegoers. She brought the viewers into her character's heart, she made them dive into the depth of her role instead of doing flashy scenes.
- Smooth transitions from one scene to another, thanks to the expertise of Ms. Olivia Lamasan, the movie's director. It was smooth! The way scenes were stitched was outstanding that even when there's a change of scene, the viewers' emotions won't be cut short. This is where GMA Films fails most of the time. Credit to Star Cinema for not rushing the movie.
- The story is well-researched. After watching the movie, you would assume that the writers had a good grasp of what mistresses have to live with and how most of them actually have reasons worthy of empathy. Not that the movie justified mistresses, but it gave people a reason to be compassionate to them. That instead of judging them, more than anything they need compassion, they need love. And this compassion could be their path to redemption, to change, to realize that they need to make their acts right.
*John Lloyd's shirtless scene was awkward. Granted that it was supposed to be for Derek Ramsay, The Outsider thinks that it should have been left at that.
All in all, we thank director Lamasan for giving Filipino moviegoers a high-quality and substantial film way beyond the ordinary. In a nutshell, without the motive of comparing, we would describe The Mistress as the elite version of No Other Woman which was more of a palengkera story despite the rich women's characters.