Wednesday, January 1, 2014

I'm So Excited! (Los amantes pasajeros)

Pedro Almodóvar's latest film is decidedly lighter that much of his past work. I'm So Excited follows a planes passengers and crew (including a very flamboyantly gay trio of flight attendants) dealing with possible tragedy after the landing gear of the plane fails. The pilots and attendants try to find ways to distract everyone from potential doom while all see it as an opportunity to do things that they otherwise would not.

Not having already been familiar with Almodóvar's work, I went into this movie without any real expectations, but left having really enjoyed it. The movie is funny, but so over-the-top that it's often silly. Almodóvar uses it in a way that it really works, though. The situations were ridiculous, but played in such a way that you could almost believe that people could do really crazy things when faced with the potential of death. Of course, the trio of gay flight attendants were probably my favorite characters in the film, especially during the dance scene set to the song "I'm So Excited."

Mini Soundtrack:

The Pointer Sisters - "I'm So Excited"
Django Django - "Skies Over Cairo"
Metronomy - "The Look"

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