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.

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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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Birdman (2014)

Directed By – Alejandro González Iñárritu

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

Cinematography By – Emmanuel Lubezki

Starring Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Naomi Watts, Andrea Riseborough & Edward Norton

119 min.

Wow. Birdman. It’s hard to describe Birman. It’s hard to really explain how I feel/what I think of this movie. It was strange and weird and good and bizarre and interesting and original and creative and brilliant and disorienting and so much more.

Iñárritu must be a fucking madman pulling off what he does in Birman. It really feels like a continuous shot throughout, even knowing there is trick editing going on, but he pulls it off. I was actually surprised by how that style made me feel. It was more of a claustrophobic effect than I would have imagined but it worked with the material and tone of the piece.

The acting is superb from the entire cast. Keaton is able to take this movie to the next level but everyone in the cast helps him shine. If Keaton doesn’t get an Oscar nom there will be hell to pay.

Birdman is funny, dramatic, thought-provoking, shocking, intriguing, and again so so much more.

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