I'm So Excited (Los Amantes Pasajeros)


Pedro Almodóvar's newest movie is an extremely frothy and highly campy comedy that is essentially an anthology of stories tied together with the thinnest and flimsiest plot. Don't expect it to be like Almodóvar's previous brilliant work like Volver, Todo Sobre Mi Madre, Hable Con Ella and the most recent La Piel Que Habito, and it can be quite enjoyable. Embrace the silliness, frothiness and bawdiness (MDA's words), and it's not too bad a way to spend 90 minutes.

The poster basically says it all. The tone of the movie is set from the opening introduction and credits. There are some definite laugh out loud moments, a lot of sniggering and snark, and quite a number of eye-rolling, but critically, nothing really stood out. The plot as aforementioned is thin to the point of invisibility; the acting is camp not high art. There were some innovative directing and some attempt at depth (exploring certain themes). It seemed that Almodóvar had an idea - a situation - and tried to run with it for 90 minutes. Although making it a comedy was a much more refreshing idea than another tense situational drama, but in the end, the only consistency throughout is that Love, irregardless, triumphs all. So actually, not too bad a V-day movie to watch.

Here's a link to the hilarious, implausible, total-out-of-left-field, homage to the show's (English) title: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5izcGzirZHQ

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