This post is part of my movie-a-day challenge in which I will watch a film every day for 365 days. Today is Day 41. You can see all the posts for this challenge HERE To see the original Movie-a-Day Challenge post, click HERE.
Remember those long, lonely days of lockdown? Remember the desperate need for connection, for something sweet and fluffy to make us forget the grimness of the world? Well, “Gameboys” the movie is your answer! ✨
This 2021 film, directed by the talented Ivan Andrew Payawal, continues the journey of Cairo and Gavreel, two gamers who find love in the most unexpected place – the online world.
Trust me, it was a bit of a slow start – like molasses in January slow. Like, I was literally checking my phone every five minutes wondering, “When’s the fun gonna start?” But, hang in there, pals, because once this baby picks up speed, it’s a heart-melting ride! 🚀
The plot? Oh, it’s a sweet, sweet pandemic love story – think less doom and gloom, more butterflies and Zoom. We’ve got Cairo and Gavreel, played by the uber-talented Kokoy De Santos and Elijah Canlas. These guys? They’re not just actors; they’re like, emotion wizards. They make you feel all the feels – and I mean ALL of them. 😭💕
The backstory kicks off before the movie in the most 2020 way possible – online gaming and messaging. Cairo, shy and a bit awkward, gets together with Gavreel, who’s like the definition of charming. It’s a digital meet-cute that spiraled into something deeper and the movie starts as they spend time together a few weeks before Cairo returns to his province. And let me tell you, their chemistry? It’s like peanut butter and jelly – perfect together.
But it’s not all rainbows and butterflies. The drama kicks in, and it’s like a spicy food challenge – intense but irresistible. The way they navigate their relationship in the midst of a pandemic is just so relatable. And there’s heartbreak, doubt, and even a touch of family drama (okay, more than a touch). But worry not, because amidst the tears, there’s also plenty of laughter, heartwarming moments, and a love story that will leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.
Here’s a fun fact for you: Did you know that “Gameboys” started as a web series? Yeah, it’s true! It’s like it leveled up from the internet to the big screen. 🎬🌐You’ll have to check it out if you want to see Gavreel and Cairo’s origin story! (I wish I would have watched it first to see how they met but the film stood fine on its own.)
What I absolutely adored about this movie is how it captures the essence of modern love. It’s not just about the physical; it’s about connecting on a deeper level, even if you’re miles apart. And the ups and downs that these two go through is just so raw and real.
Okay, so yeah, it took a while for the film to really get going, but once it did, it was like a firework display of emotions and drama. And let’s not forget the pandemic setting! The film cleverly uses the limitations of lockdown to create a sense of intimacy and connection between the characters. Oh, and the ending? No spoilers, but let’s just say I was not prepared for the feels.
“Gameboys” is more than just a film; it’s a testament to the power of love in the age of technology. It’s a reminder that even in the face of adversity, connection and happiness are possible. Definitely worth a watch, especially if you’re into stories that are a bit off the beaten path.
Peace out ✌️