Biutiful

2010 Leftovers Marathon, part 4 of 13

Data
Title: Biutiful
Year: 2010
Length: 148 minutes
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Writers: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Armando Bo & Nicolás Giacobone
Starring: Javier Bardem
With: Maricel Álvarez, Hanaa Bouchaib, Guillermo Estrella, Eduard Fernández, Cheikh Ndiaye, Diaryatou Daff, Cheng Tai Shen, Luo Jin, George Chibuikwem Chukwuma, Lang Sofia Lin
Music: Gustavo Santaolalla (and non-original music)
Cinematography: Rodrigo Prieto
Editing: Stephen Mirrione
Oscars: nominated for Best Actor (Bardem) and Best Foreign Language Film
I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), yesterday
Synopsis: a criminal/psychic/father is dying of cancer

My reaction
Concept:1/4 (Bad) We’ve jokingly referred to this movie as Javier Bardem Is Sad. Turns out that is exactly what it is. Javier Bardem is sad for 2½ hours.
Story:3/4 (Good) I don’t like the story, but I’ll grudgingly admit it’s good.
Characters:3/4 (Good)
Dialog:3/4 (Good)
Pacing:1/4 (Bad)
Cinematography:3/4 (Good)
Special effects/design:4/4 (Great)
Acting:4/4 (Great)
Music:3/4 (Good)
Subjective Rating: 4/10 (Eh, 2/4 (Indifferent)). Watching it is a miserable experience. There are moments of poetry, but it’s just not worth it.
Objective Rating (Average):2.7/4 (Good)

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