Bella (Beauty) Reviews
El cine latino de USA puede dar muchisimo mas... Animo!
theres not much to it. ?
the cinematography is really bad. and the instrumental parts of the soundtrack are cheap.
this is a case of style and delivery weakening a decent story. the acting was subpar too. at least in the sense that it looked like acting. real good acting. but still looked liked acting.
very simple. a bit melodramatic. sentimental. it's clunky in delivery. and the anti abortion agenda is so strong throughout. it's borderline preachy. but instead of asking universal questions about love and loss to it's audience it just skips right to the pat answers and boxes it up nice in a tidy mushy cry fest.
Most crippling is an often vaguely awkward performance from Blanchard as Nina. While she hits many of the emotional cues with sincerity, she seems mostly to be trying to understand Nina rather than feeling comfortable in her skin. Not all blame for this can be handed to Blanchard, though, the script failing to instill Nina with much that would engender sympathy.
Those failings are pivotal, making Jose's captivation with her slightly confusing in spite of the understandable psychological reasons.
The rest of the characters are more believably, even interestingly written, and all are cast well. Of particular satisfaction are Jose's family, his father most of all.
Monteverde's narrative devices, like the, if you will, meta-flash forwards, come across as fresh and intriguing, but his general narrative style isn't as compelling as, say, country-men Iñárritu or Cuarón.
Ultimately, there are things worth seeing here, but not enough to give the whole a lasting impression.