Alejandro González Iñárritu
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About the Movie
This is the story of a man in free fall. On the road to redemption, darkness lights his way. Connected with the afterlife, Uxbal is a tragic hero and father of two who's sensing the danger of death. He struggles with a tainted reality and a fate that works against him in order to forgive, for love, and forever.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 145
- Fresh: 93
- Rotten: 52
- Average Rating: 6.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The movie's mood might well have proved unendurable were it not for the proud and sympathetic presence of Bardem.
Fresh: [Bardem] draws from a deep, deep well of love, pain, and who-knows-what-else.
Fresh: Inarritu has a delicate yet searing sense of intimacy, which cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto captures with hand-held determination.
Rotten: Javier Bardem was Oscar-nominated for his performance and the film got a nod for best foreign-language film, but don't let that fool you; it's a stodgy, self-important slog.
So, this is the type of movie you read subtitles all the way through, have questions about certain scenes often, and leaves you thinking about a lot of stuff. Not too bad, but this was honestly depressing to me. I read an interpretation of this movie saying the ending is open ended, which I don't think so, but I guess that's what makes it interesting. Good drama, the audience decides what the director was trying to portray.
This movie is unfortunately a real life situation. Its extremely dark. But it makes you value what you have and reminds you that without health all the materialistic things don't matter. It also has a touch of Spaniard traditions such as the big black moths on the ceiling they say that is a sign that death is near. So don't watch if you don't like crying. Do watch if you're a fan of Bardem.
My new rule:
Since I became a father I embrace a new rule: If a movie abuses or mistreat the following: children / animals / or other helpless creators- I just stop watching it. In the movie Mr Bardam behavior was horrifying to his children & to his wife. Im sure that there must be a better way to outline a message in a movie.