Tyler MacGregor’s review published on Letterboxd:
52 Week Challenge
Week 14 - A Latin American film
Finally I’m caught up with the challenge.
This film was mesmerizingly bold on just about every level. Through these colourful characters and these crazy absurdist sequences it says so much about religion, government, consumerism, reality, just trying to find meaning in life, so many things and I still feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface of what this film is about. Most surprising to me though is that the film is somewhat accessible. The plot itself is (I think) fairly simple to follow once you figure out what’s going on, even if you don’t understand it, it has a good sense of humour, and you can still appreciate the insane production value. All these elaborate sets and extras and costumes and animals, every frame is such a creative, meticulously thought out spectacle. Aside from like two scenes that had me holding my groin going “it’s okay, that’s not going to happen to you” to myself, there really isn’t anything about this film that I didn’t like. There isn’t anything else I can compare this film to, it’s so one of a kind, I expect it to stick with me for a long time.
Thanks Amy for the recommendation. This film had been on my radar for a while now, but it was your word that finally pushed me to see it.