Wild Tales

May 10, 2015 at 9:50 pm | Posted in 2015 | Leave a comment
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Director Damián Szofrón, best known as the writer/director of a couple of popular Argentinian TV shows, has created his first feature film and it’s something to behold– a sort of bizarre and often hilarious mix of Almodóvar and Tarantino. The movie explores the themes of rage and revenge through 6 shorts. These are over-the-top stories of people being pushed to the brink and of how they respond. And they really don’t respond well. At it’s best, this film is an absurd delight, with scenes of revenge so excessive that they are laugh-out-loud funny. It is at its best when it’s at its most ridiculous. Where it stumbles a bit is in the middle, where a couple of the stories are a bit too grounded in the real world for my tastes.  In particular, one on drunk driving killed the film’s momentum; it was dark without any humor and really brought the audience down. Fortunately, the film ends strongly with a final scene almost as absurd as its first one. Be warned: this is humor at its absolute darkest but it is also side-splittingly funny at times and I challenge you to have more fun at any other movie in theaters right now.

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