15 items from 2013
★★★☆☆ To say that Pedro Almodóvar's Pointer Sisters-referencing I'm So Excited (Los amantes pasajeros, 2013) is one of the flamboyant Spanish auteur's more inconsequential efforts would perhaps be doing it a disservice; it is, after all, as interested in sexual politics and forms of control and restraint as any of his previous films. The key distinction to make, then, is that this is arguably his first all-out comedy, forgoing heartrending melodrama in favour of sharp one-liners and trusted sight gags. As expected, Almodóvar proves himself a deft comic director, though this latest enjoyable offering does struggle to reach the dizzying heights of his finest work.
An Airplane! for post-recession Spain, I'm So Excited takes place almost entirely aboard an ill-fated commercial flight en route to Mexico City. With the plane's landing gear damaged before take off - in a sequence which features cameos from Almodóvar regulars Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz »
- CineVue UK
Chaos reigns in business class in Pedro Almodóvar's slight yet droll commentary on post-crash Spain
Pedro Almodóvar, who turns 64 in September, is Spain's most important film-maker since Luis Buñuel and one of the first directors to enter mainstream cinema as openly gay. He made the last great movie of the 20th century, All About My Mother, and the first great movie of the 21st century, Talk to Her. He began his career making courageous, outrageous low-budget comedies, pushing the envelope of taste and acceptability in the immediate aftermath of Franco's dictatorship. Now with I'm So Excited! he characteristically combines subtlety and frivolity in a Wildean manner to comment upon Spain's current moral and economic crisis.
His recent films have been seriocomedies, their plots complicated and referential. In All About My Mother, for instance, he brought together A Streetcar Named Desire and All About Eve. I'm So Excited! returns to a looser form, »
- Philip French
Pedro Almodóvar's air steward farce could be some kind of national allegory – but the great director's real interest lies in returning to the good-natured sex comedy of his youth
Pedro Almodóvar's new film is a cheeky comedy about stressy homosexuals in an aeroplane going round and round in the sky without getting anywhere. There are some stressy heterosexuals as well. They are theoretically menaced by a danger that no one, least of all the audience, is taking all that seriously. The movie is Almodóvar's satirical venting of national exasperation with the economy, the king and perhaps even Spain itself – a troubled country that the plane is making its hazardous and entirely ineffective attempt to leave. But finally it's less ambitious than that: more like a lark, a small-scale domestic flight that returns the director, inevitably, to his favourite, hedonistic concerns of sexual identity and sexual transgression.
In the opening credits, »
- Peter Bradshaw
We have 2 new UK posters and have updated the image gallery for I'm So Excited, distributed Stateside by Sony Pictures Classics and in France by Pathe's. The Pedro Almodovar film opens in U.S. on June 28th, while U.K. fans can catch it from May 3rd. The film re-unites Almodóvar with Cecilia Roth (All About My Mother), Lola Dueñas (Volver), Javier Cámara (Talk to Her) and Blanca Suárez (The Skin I Live In) as well as many other of his frequent collaborators. Also in the cast are Carlos Areces, Raúl Arévalo, Hugo Silva, Antonio de la Torre, José María Yazpik, Guillermo Toledo, José Luis Torrijo, Miguel Ángel Silvestre with cameo performances from Paz Vega and in their first film together Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas. »
I'm So Excited (Spanish: Los amantes pasajeros), 2013.
Writted and Directed by Pedro Almodovar.
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.
Pedro Almodóvar is a force to be reckoned with. A director who doesn't appear to make any compromises, making a film almost annually in the eighties, and becoming accepted in the mainstream market since 2000. He has a back-catalogue as diverse as Bad Education, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, and a close-knit group of actors to turn to - including Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz, »
- Flickering Myth
Pedro Almodóvar, one of Spain’s most internationally acclaimed directors (he’s won two Academy Awards to date), returns to familiar territory with I’m So Excited, his first out-and-out comedy since Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown was released some twenty three years ago. Gone are the somewhat sombre explorations of dark, labyrinthine subjects found within his recent crop of dramas (The Skin I Live In, Broken Embraces), only to be replaced by all the necessary ingredients needed to make a frivolous, laugh-inducing and frothy farce.
When a technical failure caused by airport workers, played by Almodóvar regulars Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas, forces Peninsula Flight 2549 to circle Toledo until a runway can be sourced and prepped for an emergency landing, the equally outlandish and excessive characters aboard – from the camp and sexually promiscuous flight crew to the novel business class passengers – turn to alcohol, smuggled-on drugs »
- Jamie Neish
Pedro Almodóvar switches to something a little more frivolous after delving into the darkness with plastic surgery thriller The Skin I Live In. New comedy I'm So Excited is very much Carry On Across the Airways as he tracks the lives of passengers and crew on a flight from Spain to Mexico City.
It's as camp as Christmas and light as a feather, but there's fun to be had in this absurdist comedy in the clouds. Almodóvar regulars Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz make fleeting appearances as squabbling baggage handlers at the start of the film, but the baton is swiftly passed on to air stewards Joserra (Javier Cámara), Ulloa (Raúl Arévalo) and Fajas (Carlos Areces) for the mile-high shenanigans.
A landing gear hitch leaves the flight in a holding pattern, »
We’ve just received news from Pathé and Twentieth Century Fox about the release Pedro Almodóvar’s new film I’M So Excited! The film follows a very mixed group of travellers are in a life-threatening situation on board a plane flying to Mexico City and is released in the UK on Friday 3 May.
Their defenselessness in the face of danger provokes a general catharsis that ends up becoming the best way to escape from the idea of death. This catharsis, developed in the tone of a riotous, moral comedy, fills the time with unforeseeable confessions that help them forget the anguish of the moment and face the greatest of dangers, that which they each carry within themselves. It looks a lot of fun, check out the ridiculous trailer:
- Dan Bullock
Almodóvar box office in the early 21st century: The airplaine-set comedy I'm so Excited boasts Almodóvar's biggest opening-weekend, but Volver remains his biggest worldwide hit. I'm So Excited, the Pedro Almodóvar comedy starring Javier Cámara, Lola Dueñas, Cecilia Roth, and cameos by several top Spanish cinema celebrities, was behind only the Sam Raimi / James Franco fantasy adventure Oz the Great and Powerful at the Spanish box office this past weekend (March 8 - 10). For comparison's sake, you'll find below the Spanish and worldwide grosses of Almodóvar's feature films that have been released so far in the 21st century, according to numbers found on the web site Box Office Mojo. (Pictured above are fey flight attendants Javier Cámara, Raúl Arévalo, and Carlos Areces in Pedro Almodóvar's I'm So Excited.) In March 2013, I'm So Excited / Los amantes pasajeros debuted with $2.5 million at 298 venues. In September 2011, The Skin I Live In / La piel que habito, »
- Zac Gille
Almodóvar comedy boasts the director's best opening ever in his native country (in euros) I'm So Excited / Los amantes pasajeros , the Pedro Almodóvar airplane-set comedy, had the biggest Spanish debut weekend ever for an Almodóvar film -- in terms of box-office receipts (in euros), though apparently not in actual number of movie tickets sold. Distributed by Spanish branch of Warner Bros., the comedy raked in $2.5 million at 298 venues this past weekend (March 8 - 10), thus trailing only -- and by a very small margin -- the Disney-distributed, Sam Raimi-directed Oz the Great and Powerful, which earned $2.61 million at 649 sites, as per box-office numbers found on the web site Box Office Mojo. (Pictured above: I'm So Excited cast members.) Needless to say, the per-theater average for Almodovar's latest -- despite a number of negative reviews in the Spanish media -- was much higher than the one for the $200 million-budgeted Hollywood flick starring James Franco: $8,415 vs. »
- Zac Gille
The reliably perverse, insightful and talented Spanish auteur has given us family dramas (Volver), the wacky and sexually bizarre (Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!), the emotional (Talk to Her) and the icky (The Skin I Live In) and is responsible for launching the careers of two of the most famous Spanish actors, so it's no surprise that the trailer for his new movie is joyful, weird, high camp and naughty.
The aptly-titled I'm So Excited rolls out like a bottle episode, where all the action takes place on an airplane doomed to crash, or explode or generally not make it to the destination in one piece, according to a psychic on board who has an, ahem, interesting replacement for the more traditional crystal ball.
- Andrea Miller
A newly expanded trailer has arrived to serve up another little teaser for a witty comedy entitled I’m So Excited, aka Los amantes pasajeros. New peek offers a very quick looks at Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas, who make cameos in the Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin I Live In follow-up.
The cast includes Paz Vega, Javier Cámara, Cecilia Roth, Lola Dueñas, Raul Arévalo, Carlos Areces, Antonio de la Torre, Hugo Silva, Willy Toledo, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Blanca Suárez, José Luis Torrijo, José María Yazpik, and Laya Martí, respectively.
I’m So Excited opens on March 8th in Spain and Sony Pictures Classics will give it a U.S. release later this year, although earlier reports suggested the new Almodovar’s film will launch on November 22nd, 2013.
Plot details are still being kept under wraps, but it’s said to be set against a plane accident with various characters »
- Nick Martin
Pedro Almodóvar I’m So Excited trailer, with Miguel Ángel Silvestre Pedro Almodóvar’s upcoming movie, I’m So Excited / Los amantes pasajeros (literally, "passing lovers" and/or "passenger lovers") has a new and full trailer. That’s the good news. The not-so-good news (for non-Spanish speakers): it’s in Spanish, without subtitles. (Please scroll down to check out the I’m So Excited trailer.) [Photo: Miguel Ángel Silvestre in Pedro Almodóvar's I'm So Excited.] But don’t feel bad if you don’t speak Spanish. After all, even Spanish speakers will likely have to pay close attention to the one-gazillion-words-a-minute dialogue — which would put James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Una Merkel, et al. to shame. I’m So Excited plot I’m So Excited is set on an airplane flying from Spain to Mexico City. If the trailer is any indication, the plane in question has many more staff members than passengers. Perhaps not such a bad thing, considering »
- Andre Soares
I’m So Excited
Director/Writer: Pedro Almodóvar
Producer(s): Agustín Almodóvar
U.S. Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Cast: Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, Paz Vega, Blanca Suárez, Lola Dueñas, Hugo Silva, Javier Cámara, Cecilia Roth, José María Yazpik, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Antonio de la Torre, Raúl Arévalo, Carmen Machi
Actors and actresses from Pedro Almodóvar’s vault of previous films, muses mixed up with newbies and even a few cameos are the team that make up a comedy that is a throwback to the Pedro of before (think pre 1990′s Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!). Teaser trailer (see below) announces this as high end comedy. Lovers of subtitles should brace themselves for impact – there’ll be a lot of spewing.
Gist: This is an ensemble comedy about a group of people on the brink of an impending disaster.
Release Date: This is receiving a March 8th release in »
- Eric Lavallee
Last month, we showed you the first trailer for director Pedro Almodóvar's bizarre comedy I'm So Excited, which doesn't have a release date at this time. Today, we have three new photos, showcasing José María Yazpik, Cecilia Roth, Blanca Suárez, and Carmen Machi. Antonio Banderas, Penélope Cruz, and Paz Vega are said to have "special collaborations" in the film. We still have no idea what this movie is about, but check out these photos. They have to give us plot details at some point, right?
I'm So Excited comes to theaters in 2013 and stars Javier Cámara, Cecilia Roth, Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, Paz Vega, Lola Dueñas, Raúl Arévalo, Carlos Areces. The film is directed by Pedro Almodóvar. »
15 items from 2013
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