Amores Perros (2000)

Directed By – Alejandro González Iñárritu

Screenplay By – Guillermo Arriaga Jordán

Cinematography By – Rodrigo Prieto

Starring Gael García Bernal, Emilio Echevarría, Álvaro Guerrero & Goya Toledo

154 min.

Amores Perros is a very interesting movie on several levels. The basic idea is that there are three main stories with a connecting theme of “Love’s a bitch” but they also connect in proximity and with an entangling car accident. But when all is said and done I think the first story “Octavio y Susana” is really where the heart and soul of this movie is. It got my adrenaline running and got it running fast. However, because this story is the first hour of the movie I was left in the remaining hour and a half feeling unsatisfied.

While the acting, directing, cinematography is all good in the next two stories, and while a common thread is in all of them, the last two stories just didn’t do it for me. Compared to the excitement of vicious dog fighting and an intense love triangle consisting of two brothers, a crippled model who loses her dog and a hobo assassin who misses his daughter just wasn’t as exciting for me. And I don’t think they were ever going to be.

But it felt like this movie blew its load in the first hour and couldn’t get it back up. Think about it this way, this movie is set up very much like Pulp Fiction yet every word, every scene, every action of Pulp Fiction is entertaining. Pulp Fiction is pure entertainment. Amores Perros gives you a lot to chew on but it doesn’t have that consistent level that a masterpiece like Pulp Fiction has. Amores Perros is definitely a good movie and definitely engrossing, but after the first story the second two stories just seem lukewarm.

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