2018 BOMB 135 mins.
I went into this film with very high hopes, expecting to completely fall in love with it. I've always loved director Alfonso Cuaron's work, and from the outset, this looks like a gorgeous film that should completely captivate me. It's a female-centric story, chronicling the trials and tribulations during a year in the life of a young maid for a family in Mexico City. It's slow, deliberately-paced, deeply rooted in realism, and in Spanish. Be still, my beating heart, right?! I thought I would have been among the many, many film critics who were singing this film's praises, giving it all the awards. However, quite the opposite occurred. By ten minutes in, I was bored. It's almost as though Cuaron followed the Starcher-esque recipe too closely and forgot to actually create a film worth watching. The characters are never really introduced well, so you're not really sure what's going on, or who's who, until about halfway through the film. The main character exhibits absolutely no emotion throughout the entire film, despite all the hardships she has to go through. She continually makes poor decisions, and the film ends very abruptly, leaving the viewer to wonder, "What was the purpose of the whole film?" I'm all for capturing real life on film, but real life is much more interesting than this film ended up being. In IMDb trivia, I learned that part of Cuaron's direction on this film, he would give different actors different, conflicting directions, in an attempt to create more chaos on film because real life doesn't follow an exact script. While that sounds like an interesting idea, it doesn't work on film. It creates scenes that are so bland, they're painful to sit through. Then, there's the cinematography. While every shot in this film is breathtakingly gorgeous, there is too much of the slow panning, that it just gets on my nerves after the first few minutes. This whole film is a gimmick that got old very, very quickly. It would have been a great short film, I have no doubt, but as a feature, it's one of the worst films I've ever had to sit through.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (Digital)
Rated R for graphic nudity, some disturbing images, and language.
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