Biutiful (2010)

Directed By – Alejandro González Iñárritu

Screenplay By – Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone & Armando Bo

Cinematography By – Rodrigo Prieto

Starring Javier Bardem

148 min.

THIS. MOVIE. IS. BORING. Call me unsophisticated, call me uncultured, call me emotionless. At the end of the day I watched 148 minutes of shear depression. Thankfully Javier Bardem was so damn good that I at least got to appreciate how fucking talented this guy is. Having really only seen him as sadistic villains in No Country for Old Men and Skyfall, watching how beautifully natural it was for him to be a loving father was inspiring. However, why Iñárritu? Why?

Bardem’s character has one extremely interesting gift and the movie only glimpses past it. Of course that’s the point but screw being nonchalant and coy about being a ghost whisperer. If you’re going to make you character a psychic who can communicate with spirits fucking make him a psychic who can communicate with spirits!

Biutiful is trying to say something profound about parenting and about being a responsible family man but I think it get’s lost in it own desire to be clever about it’s thematic statement and becomes a boring clutter of depression. Especially with whatever it is trying to say about the illegal immigration problem in Spain, Biutiful becomes a more interesting movie to discuss than to watch.

God Bless America

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