Pablo Baloo Miralles (Pablo Carbonell), misfit thirty-something, joker, lazy, misogynist, whoremonger, broke and well known web philosopher/hacker, finds himself involved in solving a ...
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Pablo Baloo Miralles (Pablo Carbonell), misfit thirty-something, joker, lazy, misogynist, whoremonger, broke and well known web philosopher/hacker, finds himself involved in solving a mystery in Barcelona, his brothers sudden disappearance, and takes us on board a sports-car for a ride filled with intrigue, ethyl splattered bliss, venereal flings and a dubious content web page, but what started as a mysterious disappearance will take on dreamlike qualities and direct Pablo to The Fortress, an invisible fortification in the new Barcelona of wonders.
Pablo Tusset's novel "Lo mejor que le puede pasar a un cruasán" was an unexpected hit at the time of publishing. I read it from cover to cover in a long journey by train, and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I was really looking forward to the big screen adaptation. When I heard the first casting news, I pleasantly discovered that the main character was to be played by Pablo Carbonell, who seemed to have been born to play Pablo Miralles. José Coronado, Marta Belaustegui and Nathalie Seseña were also the ideal actors to play their characters.
So I had high expectations towards this movie, and I have to say that most of them were met by Mir's adaptation. Of course I liked the book more, but that's something usually happens with book-to-film adaptations. The film managed to capture the essence of Tusset's novel, but most of the humor and the complexity of the mystery plot were lost somewhere in between the book and the script. Still a passable comedy/mystery movie, it does not reach the high quality of the original. Pablo Carbonell and the rest of the cast do their best with their characters, José Coronado being specially remarkable as the main character's brother. If Spanish cinema were more keen on genre movies, Coronado might well be our very own action hero, judging from his scenes in this one.
If you're open for a few laughs you probably won't regret watching "Lo mejor que le puede pasar a un cruasán", but I would really recommend to read the book too.
Overall rating: 6/10
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