Saturday, May 15, 2004

AE - My expectations after watching Amores Perros

Amores Perros

I watched the movie last night. Racy screenplay. But the point is, if the techinal aspects of the movie were to be replicated in India, I doubt it would ever reach the masses. 12B was such an experiment that failed miserably.

Amores Perros rocks because it doesn't tell us anything other than a story (or rather three stories that criss-cross at a point) and I think thats how a movie should be, just like Mouna Raagam was or mebbe even Nayagan (two of Mani's previous movies that did not have a "Superhero" or a "Super heroine" :p).

A director should not try to talk to the audience directly. Its the movie that should talk. Alejandro González Iñárritu (the Mexican film-maker whose resume incl. a short film to showcase the BMW X5 3.0i on did that brilliantly last night and knowing Mani, am sure he'd do a good job of ensuring this in his own way.

In Amores Perros, the characters from the three independent story lines have just minimal contact and dont have any frames common to each other (apart from that accident) and this is where the strong point of the movie lies. I would want AE to function that way too, but then the ignorant shall be given voices that crow a single word - "copy" (they already say that Thiruda Thiruda's a remake of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, but my question is have they seen both the movies?), so I would leave it to Mani ideally his own way.

And once in for all, I have to say that if Amores Perros was a trans-atlantic flight on the Concorde, AE/Yuva would be the equivalent of a trans-atlantic cruise on the QEII. By this i mean that though the short tagline for both the movies would the same, I expect both movies to be as different as the Concorde is to the QEII regardless of the opulence associated to both the journeys.

On an aside, check out all the movies on There are eight short movies (all part of a series called "The Hire"), each one featuring a BMW vehicle and directed by the likes of John Woo, Guy Ritchie (featuring Madonna) not to mention Alejandro González Iñárritu (the director of Amores Perros). Each movie features Clive Owen (Bourne Identity, Gosford Park etc.) as a hired chauffeur who seems to have much more talents than just driving a BMW vehicle for his customers.

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