Like Water for Chocolate (Como Agua para Chocolate) Reviews
(Full review coming soon - with better wording probably)
Set in Mexico in the early-1900s, the story of a girl and her oppressive, tyrannical mother. In her teens, the girl falls in love with a boy and they want to get married. The mother is determined that the girl will never marry, as she has to look after her. Drama and intrigue follows...
Initially a very suffocating movie, as you feel how the girl is oppressed and deprived of her free will by her evil mother. You keep hoping that she will run away, or do something to break free.
Then follows a spell of liberty, and probably the most wonderful part of the movie. The shackles have been removed and she can now be herself and follow her dreams and loves.
However, just when you thought that was the precursor to a happy ending, the movie loses focus. It suddenly gets quite weird, complete with ghosts, and ultimately becomes a soap opera. The last few scenes are pure soap, and diminish the value of what came before them.
Overall - good, but could have been brilliant.
The film focuses on a forbidden romance based on family tradition. Tita and Pedro are in love with each other, but Tita is bound by family tradition to take care of her mother until she dies, and thus cannot marry until that point. So, to be close to his love, Pedro marries her sister, Rosaura.
As her mother is aware of their love for each other, Tita is forced to be the family cook, and this is her only means of being able to express her love for Pedro, or even her emotions (Thanks to her controlling bitch of a mother who seems to hate her). For some the food is delicious, while for others the emotions contained within the food are too much to handle.
The film follows the lives of the family members during the course of the years and naturally, the growing passion and love between Tita and Pedro which can't stay apart for long before their passion and desires collide.
Like Water For Chocolate is a fascinating and compelling romantic drama with minor elements of fantasy thrown in. It's a very delectable and seductive film filled with romance, sexual tension, delicious food, family drama, and a whole lot more within a relatively short 105 minutes. The plot is very interesting, especially in the ways that it blended so many elements together seamlessly.
Bolstering the terrific plot is the phenomenal acting, especially from the two leads, Lumi Cavazos and Marco Leonardi who display genuine chemistry and passion for one another. You grow to believe in their forbidden romance and the rest of the actors are also quite good in their performances.
Like Water For Chocolate is an excellent film about love, forbidden desires, delicious foods, changing times, family traditions, and more. If you love a good romance film, this is not one to miss.