I'm So Excited! (2013)
Something has gone wrong with the landing gear of a plane en route from Madrid to Mexico City. The group of eccentric travelers on the flight, defenseless in the face of danger, indulge in colourful confessionals, while the outlandish crew attempts to find ways to entertain them.
I loved the different characters. There is nothing really spectacular about the film but it was nevertheless very enjoyable.
Something is wrong with a flight traveling from Spain to Mexico. A flight attendant drugs everybody in Economy. The First Class passengers are complaining. The plane's landing gears have been tangled with a chock that didn't get cleared.Pedro Almodóvar may describe this as a very light comedy. I would describe it as a very stupid comedy. I wouldn't mind the stupidity if it doesn't take place on a plane. It's a very odd workplace to do a farce in the post 9/11 landscape. It's almost a spoof. I wonder if he took any inspiration from Airplane!. The point of that movie was to spoof disaster movies. I'm not sure what this is a spoof of in the modern context. Almodóvar veteran stars Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz make a short cameo. It's a tease like this movie is a tease of something better. This starts off weirdly with anybody coming into the cockpit. The humor is very broad. The characters are very silly. They don't work on a plane in today's world anymore.
I'm So Excited is every frame a Pedro Almodóvar film (Talk to Her, Volver, The Skin I Live In): bizarre characters are painted in warm, luscious hues; politically incorrect dialogue are infused with a hint of cheerful irreverence. This saucy Spanish comedy revolves around three gay stewards, two bisexual pilots and a flurry of passengers bound for Mexico.The main narrative occurs against the backdrop of the plane interior itself. When the landing gear of Peninsula Flight 2549 malfunctions, sexual tensions escalate and inhibitions are shed in tandem to the knowledge of impending death and doom.We meet the trio of raging queens Joserra (Javier Cámara of Talk to Her), Fajas (Carlos Areces ) and Ulloa (Raúl Arévalo), chief pilot and Joserra's married lover Alex, his co-pilot and one-night-stand Benito. Seven passengers venture in-and-out of the cramped and narrow-spaced cockpit to interrupt this nervous dynamic. Hyper sensitive virgin psychic Bruna (Lola Dueñas) reacts to her powers of ESP and detects the "smell of death" in certain parts of the plane. Norma (Cecilia Roth), a demanding corporate highflyer in business class has mysterious connections to the oligarchs of Spanish society; she fears the malfunction is an assassination attempt to bury the secrets she knows as a high-end dominatrix. A mysterious and nameless Infante, scandalous middle-aged celebrity Ricardo, troubled husband and father Sr. Más and a pair of dopey, drug smuggling newly weds occupy the rest of Flight 2549's fuselage.Attempts to communicate with family and loved ones ground below are made possible by the only cabin handset that functions — but conversations can be heard over the PA system. This narrative device connects passengers in the plane to various characters on the ground; thus giving shape to back stories that serve to stress and accentuate the panicky mood unfolding within the plane.This latest offering by Almodóvar is an unbridled, satirical film with flashes of political and sexual humour. In many ways, I'm So Excited is a valuable testament to the hedonistic cultural wave of La Movida Madrileña (the famous Spanish 80s) where freedom of expression, transgression of taboos imposed by the Franco Regime, use of recreational drugs all exist to celebrate a new spirit of freedom in the streets of Madrid. Far from existing in a farcical vacuum, it would be prudent to consider the historical undertones in this excellent film — it is a subtle reminder of how far the Spanish identity has since evolved in post-Franco years.cinemainterruptus.wordpress.com
Offbeat crazy comedy with hilarious results but pretty embarrassing . Pedro Almodóvar brings us a very mixed bag of travellers in a life-threatening situation on board a plane flying to Mexico City. Their defenselessness in the face of danger provokes a general craziness . When it appears as though the end is in sight, the pilots, flight crew, and passengers of a plane heading to Mexico City look to forget the anguish of the moment and face the greatest danger, which we carry within ourselves . Silly film full of bad taste , outlandish characters , embarrassing mood-pieces , fun scenes , filthy humor with continuous blow-jobs , burlesque and sense of style but not totally satisfactory , including conventional pitfalls . The picture deals with gay people , off-the-wall comedy , absurdities , mad inversions , and many other things . The movie is mediocre and turns out to be inferior to Almodovar's previous and subsequent entries . The result is undiluted absurd comedy , profanities , perverted sex with short , sharp images and a crazy strings of plots . It's a piquant look at flight attendants and pilots involving crew and passengers . There are many references to Pedro Almodóvar's universe throughout the film. The name of the plane is Chavela Blanca, in clear reference to Pedro's beloved singer and friend Chavela Vargas and to another of his most cherished friends, the late Blanca Sánchez and the air company Peninsula is shortened in the plane top wing as Pe, Penélope Cruz's renowned nickname. Nice interpretations by all star-studded cast as Javier Camera , Hugo Silva , Antonio de la Torre and full of familiar faces as Lola Dueñas as a sex-crazed medium and other delightfully played roles such as Cecilia Roth , Miguel Ángel Silvestre , Blanca Suárez , Susi Sánchez and Carmen Machi , among others . And three Hollywood/Spain super stars : Paz Vega , Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz . In fact , this movie marks Antonio Banderas's 7th collaboration with Pedro Almodóvar and Penélope Cruz's 5th collaboration . However, this will be the first time they star in an Almodovar movie together. As usual in most of Pedro Almodóvar's movies, there is a small role for Agustín Almodóvar, his brother and producer of the film, who plays a tower controller at the landing airport at the end of the movie . Atmospheric musical score by Alberto Iglesias , Almodovar's ordinary ; including a known song by the Pointer Sisters adding an amusing choreography carried out by Raul Arévalo , Carlos Arévalo and Javier Camera . Colorful and luxurious cinematography by Jose Luis Alcaine . The motion picture was realized in his peculiar style by Pedro Almodovar ; he often uses symbolism and metaphorical techniques to portray circular story lines though here he directs a vulgar comedy . Almodovar directs throughout with splendid zip and he usually portrays strong female characters and transsexuals . His first feature film, Pepi, Luci, Bom (1980), was made in 16 mm and blown-up to 35 mm for public release . In 1987, he and his brother Agustín Almodóvar established their own production company : El Deseo, S. A. The "Almodóvar phenomenon" has reached all over the world , making his films very popular in many countries . Oscar-winning Spanish director Pedro Almodovar subsequently made successes such as Labyrinth of passions , Law of desire , Women Women on the verge of a nervous breakdown , Bad education , All about my mother , Talk to her , Broken embraces , The Skin I Live In and many others . The latest from acclaimed Spanish director , Pedro Almodovar's I'm So Excited (Los Amantes Pasajeros) is one of four films competing for the inaugural best European comedy honor during the upcoming 26th edition of the European Film Awards , getting some prizes .