Screen Junkies » biutiful http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:19:53 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Review: Biutiful http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-biutiful/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-biutiful/#comments Thu, 30 Dec 2010 16:26:11 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=13734 The cancer stricken human trafficking movie of the year is here.

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The cancer stricken human trafficking movie of the year is here. Seriously, if you’re into human traffickers going through chemotherapy, Biutiful is the movie for you. I’ve got to imagine these Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu movies play to the specific niches of audiences who love to feel bad about really specific things like tourist shooting language barriers.

I’m not a fan of Inarritu movies because I don’t like movies that wallow in misery showing how sad actors can act. Biutiful is the least obnoxious of his films I’ve seen. Uxbal (Javier Bardem) pees blood and goes through chemotherapy because he’s only got a few months to live. He tries to cram in some quality time with his kids while he sells some Chinese immigrants to a sweatshop. He even goes back to his bipolar wife Marambra (Maricel Alvarez). There are a few bright spots of reconciliation and eating ice cream, but still mostly moping.

One thing Biutiful has going for it is that it’s told in chronological order. The other Inarritu films go out of order, and tell multiple stories so you can be blown away when you see how they connect in the end. Biutiful opens with Uxbal telling someone the story of his mother’s ring, so you can go “ah ha!” when you see who he’s giving the ring to at the end, but that’s normal storytelling. The opening and closing are in widescreen but most of the movie is a smaller frame, giving the film visual bookends.

Also Uxbal is psychic. He goes to a childrens’ funeral to read the thoughts of the deceased and upsets the mom. Later when all the sweatshop workers die in a gas leak, Uxbal can exorcise his guilt by asking them forgiveness. Well, it’s a better, more subtle take on the afterlife than Hereafter. Still miserable and depressing, but more happens in Biutiful.

Bardem really gets to show his talent. Uxbal gets angry at the sweatshop bosses, reflective with his children, sad when he confesses his guilt and cries, physically ill when he collapses under his cancer symptoms. Why watch this though, just to see someone act? I guess to investigate the personal life of a slave trader. It’s not the kind of drama where you get a visceral catharsis from the experience though. It’s just wallowing in cancer and death and viewing dead bodies and feeling guilty about death.

It’s also two and a half hours long. I thought we were in the home stretch when the film went back to widescreen, but no. Only when Uxbal starts telling the same ring story again do we get the relief of wrapping up, and it still stretches to 150 minutes.

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Partner Plug: Tu Vez Has Got Beef With Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/partner-plug-tu-vez-has-got-beef-with-alejandro-gonzalez-inarritu/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/partner-plug-tu-vez-has-got-beef-with-alejandro-gonzalez-inarritu/#comments Wed, 15 Dec 2010 00:30:58 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=12460 Our feisty friends over at Tu Vez aren't taking to kindly to the fact that Biutiful, directed by supposed Mexican filmmaker Alejendro Gonzalez Inarritu(add funny symbols yourself), got nominated for a Foreign Language Golden Globe Award.

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"Bring it, Tu Vez!!!"

Our feisty friends over at Tu Vez aren’t taking to kindly to the fact that Biutiful, directed by supposed Mexican filmmaker Alejendro Gonzalez Inarritu(add funny symbols yourself), got nominated for a Foreign Language Golden Globe Award. Check out their insightful rant over here.

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Watch Javier Bardem Emote in ‘Biutiful’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/watch-javier-bardem-emote-in-biutiful-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/watch-javier-bardem-emote-in-biutiful-trailer/#comments Tue, 19 Oct 2010 00:52:59 +0000 Reza F. Give me Oscar. Can you smell it? That’s the Oscar race getting closer, my friends. Roadside Attractions has dropped the trailer for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu‘s Biutiful. Javier Bardem already won...

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Give me Oscar.

Can you smell it? That’s the Oscar race getting closer, my friends. Roadside Attractions has dropped the trailer for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu‘s Biutiful. Javier Bardem already won Best Actor in Cannes for his portrayal of a father facing death, and that means the little, bald, gold man is next. Biutiful falls in line with Inarritu’s previous mellow harshing material (Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel), but if you’re looking to feel glum, this film could be a quick ticket to Emotional Breakdown Town.

Biutiful hits theaters Decemeber 29, 2010.

Check out the trailer after the jump…


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BIUTIFUL http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/biutiful/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/biutiful/#comments Mon, 18 Oct 2010 17:37:06 +0000 Defy Media 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.

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Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Cast: Javier Bardem

Synopsis: 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.

Release Date: December 29, 2010

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