Friend Zone by Chayanop Boonprakob, a film review

Have you ever fallen in love with your best friend? Probably.
But have you ever fallen in love with your best friend who does not want to enter a romantic relationship with you? The very common, across-the-board “friend zone”.

A review by Yssa Valdes of Beyond and Play


From the producers of Bad Genius and Brother of the Year, Friend Zone (2019) rolls nationwide in the Philippines and across thirteen (13) countries on April 10, 2019. The film is written and directed by Chayanop Boonprakob. Without a doubt, it is the highest grossing Thai film this 2019, starring the ever-charming actors Naphat Siangsomboon as “Palm” and Pimchanok Luevisadpaibul as “Gink”.

The film is about Palm, a flight attendant, who is besotted with his childhood best friend, Gink, for ten long years. Ever since they were young, Palm is always one call away to rescue Gink from all the heartaches though he is lovelorn, whether be about her family or love life. Using the perks of his job, Palm would not mind flying to any state or country where Gink is, albeit it has to mean ditching his girlfriend while they are on a vacation. No one does it better for Gink but her best friend, Palm. However, no matter how delightful the situation of keeping each other as friends may seem, this kind of limbo is upsetting and dangerous because Palm is deeply in love with her. Whether to risk ending it or to continue being stuck in the borderline his whole life, Palm has to decide.

Don’t mistaken the film to be as ordinary as its title may sound before watching it because it will definitely make you both laugh and cry. Its theme is also perfect for the current season of travel and vacation, as they explore the beauty of a couple of Asian countries in the film. The millennial vibe suits it. Kittiwat Saemarat’s cinematography is also commendable for the well-lit and vibrant shots that adds to the mood of the sparkling scenes. The cast’s great acting also brought the peculiarity of it, naturally bringing passion and empathy to the audience. Everyone agrees that their on-screen chemistry is undeniable. Most especially, the Philippines’ very own Claudia Barretto is a pride for having a cameo in such a world-class film as this.

Overall, Friend Zone leaves every viewer gleeful as they vacate their seats since the Premiere Night. It is certainly worthy to be seen in a big screen, even in VIP cinemas.

In love with your best friend? You better watch this film with him/her! Risk it now or you might never.
RELEASE DATE: 11 April 2019
LANGUAGE: Thai
GENRE: Romance, Comedy
CLASSIFICATION: P13
RUNNING TIME: 119 minutes
DIRECTOR: Chayanop ‘Mu’ Boonprakob
MAIN CAST: Naphat ‘Nine’ Siangsomboon, Pimchanok ‘Baifern’ Luevisadpaibul
OFFICIAL TRAILER: Friendzone Official Trailer

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