Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Apr 2018)
Brief Synopsis – A man with psychic powers that allows him to communicate with the dead who is raising his two young children alone has his world turned upside down when he discovers he has terminal cancer.
My Take on it – This is another film that is solely carried by its lead actor’s performance which makes it worth a peek.
Javier Bardem is great in the lead and despite his lifestyle choices, we still care a bit about the plight and situations that he finds himself in.
The story though just isn’t engaging enough which takes away from any real impact that we can expect.
Alejandro G. Iñárritu once again proves how important a global cultural world can be and just like in his previous film Babel (2006), he is able to form interesting connections between the various cultures shown here.
The biggest problem with this film tho is the fact that besides the main character, there really aren’t any other characters that we can truly care about because they are all just byproducts of the actions of Bardem’s character and they all just seen cookie cutter material.
Bardem definitely deserved to be the very first actor to get a Best Actor nomination for a role spoken entirely in Spanish.
Bottom Line – Bardem truly shines in the lead role here (that garnered him an Oscar nomination) but the story just isn’t engaging enough. Iñárritu once again shows how multicultural the world we all live in can be and like babel (2006), he connects the different characters quite well. Unfortunately, none of the characters besides Bardem are interesting enough to care about which takes away from the impact of it all.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Alejandro G. Iñárritu wrote the role of Uxbal specifically for Javier Bardem. The director said that when Uxbal first came into his mind, Bardem was the only choice that made sense. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)
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