A few months back I still can recall how excited I was to learn that my favorite local teen stars Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla were doing She’s Dating The Gangster. I know they will be portraying the characters very well that originated from the book authored by Bianca Bernardino. I was thinking of watching it on July 17, their first showing day, but I didn’t make it. So, a week after I got the chance to see it by myself. I went to this newly renovated cinema in Plaridel and boom! I found myself sitting on one of the chairs on the middle section of the balcony along with other movie goers.
The story – it’s very full and rich with emotion that triggers your fancy thoughts. The two met in school, just right after Kenji and Athena Abigail broke up. Kenji tried to win Abigail by making Athena his fake girlfriend. Their main goal was to make his ex-girlfriend jealous. So they strolled around the campus pretending to be in love, not realizing that they’ve already fallen for each other. Ofcourse, as the most inspiring love team to date, I would say, that they didn’t fail to show their signature look-at-each-other and intertwined hands. The tantalizing eyes of Kenji Delos Reyes beaming towards Athena Dizon’s window of soul is a source of a never ending giddiness all over the place. Their warm hugs and crazy arguments brought me thinking if I could also have my own Kenji someday. Wooing Athena by means of reckless measures done by Kenji, jumping from like 3 storeys high just to make her say the most coveted “YES”. The pros and cons of being a gangster’s girlfriend was gracefully endured by Princess Athena, it prepared her for the predicament they were about to face.
The ruthless character of time that has lead the two to separate and decide to sacrifice their love so that the other Athena would live. So they parted ways,on another timeline came Kenneth (Kenji’s son) and Kelay (Athena’s niece), they relived the shortened love story of their folks, only to find out that there is still a chance for them to continue their love story.
With the circumstances that brought them together, Athena finally laid to rest her weak body but with a very spirited heart to Kenji for the last time. The monstrous time that broke their hearts years ago, is the same element that brought them back together, and this time keyed a closure on all the cards laid before. It was a very ironic and yet love fulfilling story. Athena and Kenji’s long wait was all worth it, to die in the arms of your one and only true love. ❤