THE PLOT THUS FAR
The untold story of Mexico’s greatest and most beloved comedy film star of all time, from his humble origins on the small stage to the bright lights of Hollywood.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Cantinflas” is a biopic about an actor that is a stranger to 95% of America. The film plays with subtitles and onscreen information in a way that almost feels on par with what Tony Scott was doing towards the end. But, it’s a biopic about a comedian who became a huge crossover star for Mexico. If you’re interested in what you see in the film, SONY is opening their archives to do some On Demand discs of his older foreign work. Everyone else should just go pick up “Around the World in 80 Days”.
Outside of “Around the World in 80 Days”, I wasn’t familiar with Cantinflas at all. Hell, Michael Imperioli plays 80 Days producer Michael Todd in a major subplot in the film that mirrored Cantinflas’ future refusal to pimp himself out on an international level. There’s some stuff with Charlie Chaplin showing support for Cantinflas’ work, but this film really wants to be about poor Mexican does well. The usual politics and socio-economic issues get shoe-horned into every available moment. While that would be great for a truly serious movie, this movie wants to play with Cantinflas’ humor as a selling point. The end result is a crazed mixed that feels like it got sliced and diced in the editing room. It’s not the worst thing, but it hampers my enthusiasm for the movie.
The DVD comes with a Digital copy and featurette as the special features. The A/V Quality is sharp for standard definition. The transfer shows no signs of digital noise. That being said, I wish that the Dolby 5.1 track was a little stronger. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: 12/02/2014