Sunday, March 18, 2012
Casa De Mi Padre review; either the dumbest, or most clever film in years
I am a huge fan of Will Ferrell. Since his SNL days, he's been in one comedy hit after another. The latest effort may take people by surprise. Why? Because Casa De Mi Padre is all in Spanish. Yes, even Ferrell recites all his lines in Spanish. The film is mostly a spoof of international films, and a satire that plays off of many stereotypes. Ferrell plays Armando, brother to a Mexican drug lord. When a feud with a rival drug lord begins, the comedy begins. Lets go!
What I liked about the film:
Diego Luna plays Ferrell's drug lord brother. Many will remember him as the hopeless romantic in The Terminal. In this film however, Luna is hilarious. He plays to every stereotype of a drug lord in movies. Big sunglasses at all times, the facial hair, and he smokes ALL THE TIME. Great material here. Efren Ramirez (or Pedro from Napoleon Dynamite as he will forever be typecast), is one of Ferrell's sidekicks. Adrian Martinez is the other sidekick in the film; he and Ramirez have some great scenes with Ferrell. The three sing a hilarious song in the film that i cant seem to get out of my head. It's important to note though, the sidekicks were not in the film NEARLY enough in my opinion.
Genisis Rodriguez, from last year's Man On A Ledge is the female lead. She is Luna's fiance. Even though it is a comedy, she has a ton of emotional scenes. And it doesnt hurt that she is so beautiful. There also some great performances for supporting characters. Gael García Bernal plays the rival drug lord and Nick Offerman an America DEA Officer. Albeit small roles, the two pull it off with style.
What I didnt like about the film:
Andrew Steele wrote one of the most generic, cluttered scripts I've ever seen. Its so unorganized, that is was hard to overlook. Director Matt Piedmont doesn't help matters either. There are problems with the pacing and the tone. The format of the movie, especially the Spanish, hurt the movie overall. There could be no real improvisation.
It was more dumb than clever
Forget the 46% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. I had the luxury of watching an early screening. These are free mind you. I lost count after 10+ people walked out of the theater within the first 45 minutes. Not good. I don't think the movie is going to make much money at all. But it is a Ferrell movie, so we'll have to wait and see.