Although critically acclaimed Amores Perros is not a flawless film. At its core it is a story about loss centered around three characters. Two of them are given the emotional depth needed to pull off a concept such as this, yet the middle part proved completely unfit to grasp me. Still the movie can be considered a great endeavor foreboding some of the open world mechanisms of for instance City of God.
Jumping between three separate stories with almost no relation to each other for no clear reason, this one ends up a bit of a mess. I loved one story, liked a second, was meh on a third. So as a whole I guess I'll average it out and say I liked it? Would be better as just three short films though. It gets a B.
Même feeling en écoutant ce film-choral que pendant Le Parrain: Tensions incroyables, situations difficiles et personnages pathétiques tentant de s'en sortir malgré eux. Les trois lignes directrices s'enchaînent bien, malgré un second acte aussi ingénieux, mais hors du ton général du film, ce qui ralentit l'oeuvre. L'intrigue, tenue par des acteurs talentueux, est divertissante et violemment rafraîchissante.
The only film about dog fighting that I could stomach multiple times. The lives of three very different people in Mexico fusing in one big car crash. We get to know these people pretty well, see them at their highest and mostly their lowest. An intense tear-jerker for sure.
With this director, there's never problems with the technical aspects. Couple that with a great story with 3 intertwining plots and it's hard to beat. The problem is the subject matter. I love dogs, and I don't like dogfighting, even if it is fake. Gael Garcia Bernal does an outstanding job on this movie. Feeding chocolates to a dog?! What's wrong with these people?
Three characters linked together by a car crash which spells a tragic story for all involved. By turns tremendously exciting and deeply somber, the film is fairly long and varied in tone but still feels cohesive due to its bold execution. For me, doesn't provide the emotional gut punch of follow up 21 Grams but this is Inarritu marking his authority on the world cinema scene.