Flash Movie Review: Cantinflas

A majority is defined as being the largest segment or party of a larger group. Being part of the majority gives one some added liberties or shall I say freebies in life. Whether in government or a condominium association when you are part of the majority you get to set the rules. I believe each of us at some point in our life has been part of both a majority and a minority. Having grown up in a large city, when I went to summer camp I was in the majority of fellow campers who came from the city as opposed to the suburbs. However, when I was in college I had a class where I was the only person who came from the city; all the other classmates had grown up on farms. I am well aware in the scheme of things this example is a minor issue. There are some huge hurdles to overcome when one is considered as a member of a minority based on skin color, religion, gender or body shape; along with a multitude of other various factors. Decades ago Hollywood was even less diverse than it is presently. For someone who was not part of the majority it was tough to break-in and be part of the moviemaking magic.    STRUGGLING as a young man Mario Moreno had a gift for making people laugh. From modest beginnings he would eventually become the most popular comedic actor in Mexico, known as Cantinflas. Could he accomplish that feat in Hollywood, however? I had no idea what this movie was about until I was told which roles Cantinflas played in American films. As soon as I heard the moive titles, “Around the World in 80 Days,” and “Pepe,” I immediately remembered this actor. This biographical drama showed what Cantinflas encountered as he stayed focused on doing what he loved to do–make people laugh. Oscar Jaenada (The Losers, Pirates of the Caribeean: On Stranger Tides) portrayed Cantinflas and I have to say I thought he did a wonderful job of acting. Along with Michael Imperioli (The Lovely Bones, The Sopranos-TV) playing producer Michael Todd and Ilse Salas (Gueros, Locas de Amor-TV) as Valentina Ivanova, the acting overall was believable and enjoyable to watch. The main issue I had with this film was the script; it seemed as if the viewer was only getting snippets of Cantinflas’ life, never getting deep down into the emotional aspects about the occurrences in his life. Though I was mostly entertained by this picture, I left the theater wishing I had seen “Around the World in 80 Days” again; it would have been more entertaining. Portions of the movie had Spanish dialog with English subtitles.

 

2 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on September 5, 2014, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. I had no idea there was a biopic about Cantinflas. Do you remember the old cartoon about him?

  2. I agree with you. I also posted a review of this film. I felt as if they were trying to cram in so many side stories that it kept the main plot from standing on its own 2 feet. Also, they didn’t market the movie well. I found out about it a dew days before the release. I have not seen a Spanish Cantinflas movie or “AW80D.” I’m intrigued to see at least one of them.

    • I am with you on the marketing; I never saw even an ad on the movie. The only reason I was going to see it was because it was the only thing available when I arrived at the theater. Thanks for coming by to leave your comments.

  3. You certainly know the movie business. You´re actually the second person that I follow and viceversa that reviews movies. Quite interesting I should say. I liked how in this post you first transition talking about minorities to the movie business. Quite interesting facts you cited. Glad you stumbled upon my little crazy blog.

    • Thanks for coming by to leave your comments Charly; I appreciate it. Your site has a fun and quirky vibe that I find attractive and fresh. Keep up the good work and thanks again for taking the time to come on over.

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