A normal person reviewing Julieta would say stuff about it all critic-person-like. I am not a normal person reviewing this. I’m a huge Pedro Almodóvar fan.
As far as I’m concerned, Señor Almodóvar can remake Chicken Little and make it cool. Therefore, my review below is totally biased and you need to know this up front. Mr. A is hands down amongst my favorite directors evvvvvah.
All of the dude’s movies are about women’s stories — before #metoo was a moment in time. He had trans characters before Cosmo recognized some readers are trans women and, shocker, trans people are humans who do stuff. Some background for you who don’t appreciate his work.
Julieta in the long scheme of all of his movies is not his most enchanting work because for that you can look to Volver . Given the topic of a woman spending the whole movie worried about her daughter’s whereabouts, how enchanting and Hollywood friendly can it be?!? Mr. A pleased me as always writing a film he wrote basically for himself and somehow not global box office people wanting another movie about CGI apes doing CGI Planet of the Apes 2.0 ‘Cuz the Original Planet of the Apes Movies Were Better But Like, Millennials Totes Love These? Question Mark Upspeak? movies and movies similar to that. No, scratch that. If there actually were movies about upspeaking milennial CGI apes doing weird stuff, I’d probably hit up theaters whenever one came out because that would be like .... some cool parody of milennial culture as a political statement half humorous with some serious laughs.
No, we could compare it to any major box office work in the past five years and view Julieta as remarkable because once again, we have my guy Señor A directing work he would watch as an audience member.
Variety says: “In what was meant to be his English-language debut, Pedro Almodovar optioned a trio of short stories by Pulitzer-winning Canadian author Alice Munro — “Chance,” “Soon” and “Silence” — about a Vancouver woman named Juliet Henderson, but it wasn’t until he rechristened the character “Julieta” and relocated her to Madrid that the narrative became his own.”
OK. The setup. Woman seeks her daughter. And where do you fill it in? How do you film the sequences? How do you allow color, wardrobe choices, true character acting, good film directing and the rest to tell the story? That end is why you need to watch this movie and befriend, or be-fan, Pedro Almodóvar as a filmmaker. This movie is beautifully directed. The film has a natural look as if we are glimpsing someone’s life.