100 Tula Para Kay Stella Full Movie 2017
Fidel was born with a speech defect, which makes him stutter when he uses more than three words in a sentence. During his freshman year in college, he meets rocker girl Stella and falls for her. Throughout their entire college, he writes 100 poems dedicated to the girl he loves to make her fall in love with him.
Director: Jason Paul Laxamana
Writers: Jason Paul Laxamana (story), Jason Paul Laxamana (screenplay)
Stars: Bela Padilla, JC Santos, Prince Stefan
100 Tula Para Kay Stella takes place over the course of four years of college, from 2004 to 2008. Fidel (JC Santos) starts out as a shy freshman with a stutter and a love for poetry. He meets Stella (Bela Padilla) at a party, and falls in love with her in due course. Unable to confess his feelings to her, he starts writing her short poems. The film follows the two and their diverging trajectories in college. While Fidel thrives in his studies, Stella seems to be looking for her way out, taking every chance she can to start a music career.The film pretty much just latches on to the initial infatuation of Fidel for Stella and rides that out for its two-hour runtime. It’s certainly cute enough at first, but like in real life, it wears a little thin by the end. The film has an intriguing strain of melancholy running through the story, but it never really does a great job of selling the love between the two characters. It keeps them apart for far too long, and never makes much of a case of what is at risk of being lost if the characters never end up together.There just isn’t a whole lot of investment in what the two are like together. The initial interactions are sweet, but it doesn’t really go much further than that. The movie lets things stagnate, the characters mostly just floating around each other while they pursue completely separate stories. Fidel is slowly coming out of his shell, finding happiness and acceptance outside of any interaction with Stella. Stella, on the other hand, is kept on a consistent downward slide, the character never really given much of a chance to ever do the right thing. There is a story in Fidel having to really deal with Stella as a disaster, or in Stella struggling to keep up with Fidel’s trajectory, but the two are never together long enough for any real narrative to emerge between them. There are many cute little elements to this story, but none of them really seem to matter much in the end. Even the titular 100 poems feel like an unnecessary device. The few poems that we hear aren’t really very good, and they hardly factor into the actual narrative. Fidel’s journey to self-realization doesn’t actually involve his poetry, as the film takes on a completely different journey in the second half of the picture that mainly involves performance.The film’s technical package is okay, but it does a pretty poor job of capturing the spirit of the time. The era may not be so far from the present, but one rarely even gets the sense that this is all taking place in the past. The acting is all right. Bela Padilla is always a solid performer, and she is mostly able to make her character appealing in spite of how she is written. JC Santos is perfectly charming, but the film seems to struggle to make him look and sound good while singing.100 Tula Para Kay Stella feels like a clumsy approximation of a quirky romance. The stutter, the poetry, the time period, and the music all feel like they could be elements of a cute little romcom willing to go a little left of center. But the film doesn’t really seem to know what to do with these elements, and it mashes them together in a story that veers too serious while keeping its characters too far apart to really sell the love story. There are intriguing bits here and there, but the film just refuses to come together.
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