the first hour or so of every almodovar film is fresh and fascinating and full of nice world-building but then it like ends and whatever it is he's trying to say comes into focus and it's always a muck of messy slobber and drool on the floor that you're embarrassed to clean up
Even-though I like the themes it deals with, I wasn't impressed. It looked a bit like a patchwork of eccentric characters and storylines just thrown together. The bright colour schemes and compositions were good, and so were the actors and the soundtrack, but it could have used a more restrained plot.
The purposeful melodrama would be off-putting with any other contemporary director, but Almodóvar pulls it off by making the story humane and wonderfully warm at the same time. The strength and solidarity of the women is breathtaking, and the use of bright colours give energy to the cinematography. The story almost feels like another universe, but very plausible one. Add to that the beautiful Barcelona.