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Erin D (nl) wrote: hard to watch at times, he's a complex guy
Ellen G (kr) wrote: Veldig fine voffser her altsaa. Selv om kvaliteten ikke var helt paa topp saa fikk hundene poeng fra meg. Koselig barnefilm paa en soendags morgen.
Bruno C (mx) wrote: When I first saw the title of the film in the program for the Guadalajara Internation Film Festival, I knew I'd need to give it a look. Almost 2 years ago to the date, a really good friend of mine came to visit me here in Mexico, coincidentally a friend of HIS was also in town at just about the exact same time (they had worked together in a non-profit in Atlanta years ago) for a wedding. And we actually met at a documentary being shown at the festival that year about the image of Che Guevarra, as Sam was arriving in town before my friend Alex would get here, I figured we ought to meet and hang out a little. Sam showed up, pale white guy with Dutch-German roots, with a violin case and it turns out since he had been living in Los Angeles over the past couple years, that he joined a mariachi group and was in town for the wedding of one of his ex-band mates. Besides attending the wedding, his idea was to try and play with a local group here at a gig maybe and also get himself some new mariachi garb. And in fact (after Alex, Sam and I took a trip to the Paricutin volcano in Michoacan), he ended up playing with Mariachi Vargas, the most famous mariachi of all time who just happened to be doing a gig locally his second to last day in town!So seeing the movie had a bit more significance for me, as I know a Mariachi Gringo in real life. And the message in the film also hit home for me too...as I am US-born and bred but decided to take leave of my birthplace for the home of my mother's side of the family.The film is independent (I think?) though not an art-film...the story really falls more into the popular romantic comedy territory mixed with travelpic. A little cheesy and maybe too slow for some at the beginning but the story of a 30 year-old guy who's heartbroken and depressed, lives with his parents...and had once had the idea of running off with a band...discovers Mexican popular folkloric via the local small-town Kansas Mexican restaurant that would have the father (Alberto) of the owners play guitar on some nights. The themes of many mariachi and other popular Mexican folk songs center around heartbreak and resonates with our protagonist. When Alberto suffers a stroke, Ashmore's character decides to finally run off, and goes down to Guadalajara, in the state of Jalisco, the birthplace of the Mariachi ensemble and the music to try and become a mariachi musician. He randomly is helped by a girl (played by Martha Higareda) when he runs into some trouble on his first night on the streets of GDL, and they become friends. Her family runs a local restaurant, and so through her, our mariachi gringo starts finding his way to establish himself a little and later auditions to join a mariachi. Higadera's character also ends up mirroring Ashmore's, both having a dream and suffering from heartbreak in some form. It plays with some sexual tension between the two but they never become anything more than friends and have some clashes...and the ending really I think takes a great turn (though will disappoint those wanting to see the Hollywood ending).The movie was well shot....really made good use of the money invested into it, great locations chosen in Guadalajara. It really gives the outsider a nice tour of the city and hints at the local flavor here (police corruption, the Mexican gay community, GDL being the ancestoral home of mariachi), the drama was not too cheesy and in fact takes twists that most might not have expected from the start of the movie. Ashmore did a good job, I suppose he had to learn some Spanish for the role as well as learn how to play the guitar and vihuela. His singing voice wasn't so strong...but hey, not everyone is born a mariachi which demands some lungs :D Lila Downs' singing was great (she plays Higareda's older friend that fronts a band not dissimilar to Lila's own backing group, oh wait it is her band :P)...though at times her performance on the stage was a bit much for the low key tone of the film. So in the end, it's a cute movie. It's pretty mainstream in concept but hopefully will open the eyes of people that don't know much about Mexico and it's culture looking at it through the eyes of the mariachi gringo and has nice touches to finish off as a non-traditional movie of it's genre. 3.5-4 stars from me :)
Jess L (de) wrote: I've wanted to see this film for a while because Sarah Polley is an amazing actress. I'm happy I finally got around to watching this film - it's amazing. Slow moving and incredibly intense, this almost depressing story of a 23 year old mother of 2 dealing with her last few months alive is nothing short of a life altering film experience - it has reignited my belief in the potential of modern cinema. It tackles the idea of making the most of your life in an honest, cliche free manner. Low levels of sentimentality ultimately result in the audience caring more for the protagonist and her family. Exceptional performances from the entire cast, particularly Mark Ruffalo, Deborah Harry and of course Sarah Polley. What impressed me most about this film was the screenplay. Beautifully written dialogue, seamless transitions and an ultimately happy ending despite the downbeat nature of the film. If you are prone to tearing up in films beware, this one packs a punch but it is very much worth it, a beautiful film.
Post G (nl) wrote: Clumsily acted and directed, and very irritating editing. The story was overwrought and cheesy in parts. There were some decent moments, but perhaps the budget prevented this movie from achieving what it might have otherwise.
Calum B (nl) wrote: I love Mel Gibson and I love Robert Downey Jr. Both have great star quality and are in fact terrific actors so I don't know how Air America stumbled but it does. Its not really a comedy, its definitely not action, and its not drama and it never finds its footing anywhere in those genres. Both Gibson and Downey's characters are rather vapid and empty and the setting for the film never feels quite right. It has its moments of being interesting but then falls apart before it ever becomes anything. Director Roger Spottiswoode has done a lot of films, some good, and some rather corny but this one just feels very rushed. I guess I expected an action comedy and as I said it doesn't fit into any of that. It doesn't know what it is and the audience will feel that because I certainly did. I suppose I had high expectations and those certainly weren't met so this one was passable for me but definitely doesn't fulfill the expectations. 4/10
Justin T (gb) wrote: Michael Caine is wonderful as he exercises his dry wit in this film which manages to comfortably turn such taboo subject matter into comedy. The film has an interesting presentation in one of the world's most beautiful locations. No one can fault Matthew (Caine) for what he does, we can only blame it on Rio.
Russell H (ag) wrote: Complete with a Chris Rock parody of Straight Outta Compton
Garland H (de) wrote: It's like the sequel to Roots, only Bakshi style......
George I (ag) wrote: Early Cronenberg, and not very good, but kinda funny in parts. If I had seen it back then, I wouldn't have predicted that he'd have a future in film, and that Ms. Chambers would go back to her day job.