(2000) from Tuna
|Obra Maestra (2000), or Masterpiece, is a comedy staring Ariadna Gil,
Santiago Segura and Pablo Carbonell. Segura and Carbonell have decided
to make a film, and won't rest until famous actress and world class
bitch Gil agrees to be in it. When she expresses nothing but disdain
for their super 8mm effort, they kidnap her, and force her to appear.
The film within the film is full of trite situations, and, to make
matters worse, musical numbers.
Ariadna Gil shows her breasts in three different
|Gil has "bitch" down pat, and Carbonall
and Segura are believable as the inept actor and director, but most of
the humor didn't work for me.
The one IMDB comments
gives the films plusses very succinctly.
"So, you want to make movies? Then you must see this one. Spanish
comedians Pablo Carbonell and Santiago Segura gave an unexpected
dramatic twist with this movie... pathetic wanna-be film-makers kidnap
a huge star (Ariadna Gil) in order to shoot their own movie. What
follows is a heart-breaking story about the distance between wishes
and reality, between expectations and talent. It's hard not to
empathize with the characters, and the movie has a few great
sequences, but, somehow it is too pathetic. Anyways, I really liked
this one. Just give it a try."
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While I understand why he liked it, it is the very reason I didn't. I
was expecting a comedy, got a tragedy. Still, with good technical and
artistic values, and good performances, you might
- with their dollars: an unimpressive
245,000 admissions in Spain (about as popular as a $10
million picture in the USA)
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this description, this
film is a C+.
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