The film follows a group of travelers who are placed in life-threatening situation aboard a plane flying to Mexico City. The passengers are defenseless in the face of danger, which provokes colorful confessionals that are their way to put out of mind the possibility they might be about to die.
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After La Piel Que Habito this comes as a downgrade on Pedro's work and he manages to try a little too hard every so often. Nevertheless, it feels like Almodóvar: queerful and entertaining like Entre Tinieblas, intriguing and sharp like Mujeres Al Borde De Un Ataque de Nervios. It's well written and the hour and a half flies by.
But I've had a taste of Almodóvar directing a crime/thriller in 2011 and I want it back.
LAP es una película difícil: no es una comedia, no es un drama. Tampoco funciona como critica al estado de las cosas en España, porque resulta muy burda. Pero aún así, es su completa extrañeza la que la hace interesante por momentos, asifixiante y hasta peligrosa: Pedro sigue creyendo que mientras abajo de la espuma haya siempre liquido todo podrá seguir siendo artificialmente húmedo, pegajoso pero molesto.
The criticism towards this movie is too harsh! Its a delirious hilarious preserve sex-comedy that creates a carnal desire utopia in the skies for the disenfranchise! This is Almodovar cutting lose and being a damn sweetheart at it!
Certainly not for everyone, with it's campy, ridiculous, gaaaaay tone. But the characters are entertaining enough to watch for an hour and a half, and the ending is satisfying. It's Almodovar having fun and inviting you to join him in his kitschy games.
Contrived fizz. Whilst a comedic departure from recent dramatic plodding is in itself welcome, this is a generally unrewarding outing from this director, with half-hearted farce, uninteresting characters and surprisingly dreary situations.