Pedro Almodovar’s latest movie is enormous fun and unlike anything else he has done.
It should have been aimed at the fans of “Airplane” and Woody Allen’s best comedies. Instead, expectations of depth and strangeness seem to have clouded the reception of this absolutely hilarious comedy.
I laughed and laughed until I nearly fell off my seat. Most of the Stratford Picturehouse crowd seemed puzzled.
You get about five minutes of giggles from Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz before they vanish from the screen. Then, we are up in the air on a plane from Madrid to Mexico that circles Toledo – Spain not Ohio – because the landing gear isn’t working and therefore, all aboard are doomed. Or, can the crew save the day?
If you enjoy great character acting and wild drug and gay humour, you’ll love this. Drugging the passengers and the flight crew getting drunk? A psychic who bases her readings on feeling the private parts of the pilot and co-pilot? This is bawdy Chaucer territory and offers great delights to those who appreciate very coarse humour.
Cecilia Roth and Guillermo Toledo are the funniest in the ensemble, but the pilot and co-pilot and the three main crew stewards are all great. How the title gets to “I’m So Excited” from the Spanish “The Amorous Passengers” is beyond me, but that song is featured. Maybe “Airplane Lovers” might have lured in more crowds?
If you’ve missed 90 minutes of delicious amusement, do grab the DVD when it comes out. Almodovar is always weird, but this time I left the cinema with a big smile on my face.