Bagdad Cafe Reviews
Jasmin, a lonely German lady, ends up in a isolated Cafe. The place is a mess and there are few guests at the place. The owners are sick of the place and it surely needs some update. Jasmin decides to join in - she is forcing in on it really, as she shines up the place and starts dealing with costumers. She is very likeable and after a lot of sceptisism, she turns popular and the ones involved in the shack is liking her a lot.
This is sort of a feel good film. It has rather long scenes, often with a message and it's shot with weird angles. The color usage is often lovely, like the orange or purple skies or landskape shots. There are also plenty of props here, like boomerangs, the coffee machine, German clothings and magic props.
I never really dig it. It's not straight, but not that weird. It's sweet but too gentle. OK performances and an all right story, but it never pushes the buttons that I hoped it would effect. OK, with few flaws and a hint of humor, drama and a pretty production, but not enough of anything, really.
5 out of 10 coffeemakers.
(1987) Bagdad Café
The introduction is vague but for some reason I don't mind. Before anyone were to see this film, one would have to pose this question to oneself. What would happened if an overweight lady-like tourist from Germany who is completely oblivious about American customs comes to settle in to the most unlikely area for no tourist would consider to visit which is a run-down café located in the middle of nowhere. If you're prepared to witness an unlikely scenario since movies are nothing but unlikely scenarios. This happens to be one of them but without CGI or Die Hard-like action set pieces. A human drama with actual people who become accustomed to one another which is somewhat similar to "The Shawshank Redemption" except that the characters and situations are different. At the start, we see an affluent overweight German lady arguing with her husband who eventually drives away leaving her behind with her things left around. She is then forced to walk by herself along the desert highway. It is there she stops to a café, she then asks a grouchy African American lady whether it's Bagdad or not. At this point I assume whether or not she meant the city of Bagdad. But as it turns out it's exactly where she wanted to be, as her working ethnic background encourages others to do the same. Yes, it's like another of those 'pay it forward' type of drama films but for some reason it's captivating since America is not just about already well groomed or polished Americans who have already succeeded, but also about how Americans can succeed without their good looks.
3 out of 4 stars
What a lovely film.... (This movie kinda reminds me of another film 'Thelma and Louise'.)