Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Oct 2019)
Brief Synopsis – Biopic of the life of troubled yet talented artist Frida Kahlo who rose to greatness in the 1920’s and 30’s in Mexico.
My Take on it – This is yet another film that I heard about when it came out yet never had any desire to see what it was all about.
In my quest to try and watch and review all films that have garnered an Oscar nomination for a cast member, I decided to finally see what it was all about.
This is an interesting biopic that truly allows the main character to shine.
Selma Hayek does a wonderful job in the lead role as the tortured artist who must endure both physical and emotional pain while also seeking a way to express herself via art in a world dominated by men.
She was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work here and was quite deserving of this ind of recognition despite the various constraints of the story itself.
Her chemistry with her two costars Alfred Molina and Geoffrey Rush is fine but something constantly still feels missing whenever she shares screen time with them.
The film feels as if the scope is too large for its run time and many scenes feel too rushed which in the end hurt things much more than helps them since they try too hard to tell so many small yet integral components of this film in very short order.
Bottom Line – Interesting biopic that is accentuated by the great performance by Hayek in the title role. This character is quite tortured both physically and mentally throughout her life yet still was able to find a way to express herself via her art. She was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work here and this is truly a difficult role to pull off and she does as good a job as possibly given the constraints of the story. Hayek’s chemistry with co-stars Molina and Rush is fine bit something constantly feels lacking whenever she shares screen time with them. The story tries too hard to tell such a long tale and feels rushed at too many junctures which hurts things more than helps them move along.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In the movie, when Frida Kahlo first meets Diego Rivera as a young girl, she is spying on him flirting with a nude model; Rivera tells the model that he could eat her wrapped in tortilla. This is actually a reference to Rivera’s real-life autobiography where he describes practicing cannibalism on female cadavers in 1904.(From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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