Casa de mi padre Reviews
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Casa de mi Padre is a weird, eccentric, and messy film. I don't know exactly what the goal with this movie was. Was it to make us laugh? Because it doesn't seem like that's the intention. Sure there's some funny scenes, but this isn't what I'd call a laugh riot. Was it to entertain? I can't see too many people, especially the target audience for a Will Farrell movie, calling this movie entertaining. In other words, this movie exists, but for what reason, I have no idea. All in all though, it really wasn't that bad.
Armando Alvarez is a rancher on his fathers ranch. He is also the son who isn't well liked by his father because of a past accident(think Dewey Cox). His father is always calling him stupid and doesn't have much faith in Armando as a man. On the other hand, he loves his second son very much. It just so happens that he is a drug dealer, who has just entered the biggest dealers territory. Now there will have to be some sort of drug war.
As far as the movie is concerned; it's ridiculous. Stuffed animals, crappy 1930's landscape backdrops, and Will Farrell speaking Spanish the whole film. Still the movie has weird sense of likability coming from it. I didn't mind the movie, and I would actually say I even enjoyed it to a degree. Not enough to make me recommend this to anyone, but enough to say the short little hour and twenty minute running time wasn't a complete waste.
I would have to be led to believe that most people wouldn't like this film. I would also be led to believe that a good percentage of people would probably turn the film off before the twenty minute mark. As for me, it wasn't a hard movie to get through. It bores at times, and it meanders at times, but all in all it's hardly the worst thing ever.
Straight away the thought of subs almost puts you off really, this isn't a foreign epic where you look over that fact. The problem being this is suppose to be a parody of the soap opera genre, albeit Spanish/Latin American, and it really does feel like your watching a shitty soap opera.
So much so that it really is quite dull for most of the time, the subs don't help and the plot is damn thin. Personally I can't stand the whole Mexican/Spanish western concept so I dunno why I watched this really, probably because I didn't realize it was subs all the way through and I thought it would be more funny.
That's the other problem, the film isn't funny a tall. There are very few moments that made me smile, mainly the few bits which are clearly badly filmed with models or sets...filmed like that deliberately of course, spoof remember.
The finale with a reasonable mock shoot up is quite good fun, nothing outstanding, you could easily just watch that and forget the rest. Like many films from the 'SNL' team this idea would work much better as a sketch or simple trailer parody like Tarantino has made popular. As a full length film, even at 1h 20min, its just boring and annoyingly Spanish.
Scheming on a way to save their father's ranch, the Alvarez brothers find themselves in a war with Mexico's most feared drug lord.
Frequently amusing valentine to grindhouse Mexican B-pictures and telenovelas from gringo Will Ferrell (in heavy bronzer and espouting espanol like a pro) cast as the black sheep of the family whose loving brother (Diego Luna in touch with his Johnny Depp a la "Blow") returns with his betrothed (the comely Genesis Rodriguez, a game sport amongst the imbecility) while embroiled in a drug war with the local kingpin, Onza (Gael Garcia Bernal in touch with his inner Al Pacino a la "Scarface") out to destroy la familia. At times, it looks a bit like a combination of a Sam Peckinpah film, a very stylish commercial for cologne and a cheesy mess--complete with very unrealistic backgrounds, horses and the Jaguar King--all things you really have to see for yourself! It also is the only film I know of where there is an apology in the middle of the movie--by the second assistant director! Overall, it's very dry, very bizarre and a bit funny. It's certainly not the sort of joke most will enjoy--it takes a special person to appreciate this ultra-strange film.
Not bad but not great either. Will Ferrell speaking Spanish is somewhat funny but I thought it was gonna be even funnier. The supporting cast wasn't that funny and that made the film less funny and a little boring. While watchable, I would not recommend spending the money on the film at the theaters, I would recommend waiting to rent or download. Not a buy for me, nor a second viewing.
Armando Alvarez (Will Ferrell) has lived and worked on his father's ranch in Mexico his entire life. As the ranch encounters financial difficulties, Armando's younger brother Raul (Diego Luna), shows up with his new fiancé, Sonia (Genesis Rodriguez). It seems that Raul's success as an international businessman means the ranch's troubles are over as he pledges to settle all debts his father has incurred. But when Armando falls for Sonia, and Raul's business dealings turn out to be less than legit, all hell breaks loose as they find themselves in a war with Mexico's most feared drug lord, the mighty Onza (Gael Garcia Bernal).
Incredibly while "Casa de mi Padre" is supposedly meant to be a parody of Mexican melodramas, it succeeds on its own silly terms, even though I have never seen any of them.(See, I don't watch every movie. Only about 1/3.) And while it does take the easy route by taking pot shots at low production values, the scene where it tries to explain what went wrong in trying to film an animal fight scene is hilarious. And then there is the innately funny Will Ferrell, not only speaking Spanish(better than Nick Offerman, at any rate), but also singing. Ferrell manages the delicate balancing act of playing it straight while also being in on the joke, along with Gael Garcia Bernal who hams it up nicely. And just to show that this is not all fun and games, the movie is also critical of the war on drugs.