Starring: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey, Carlos Peralta
Director: Alfonso Cuaron
Runtime: 2 hours, 15 minutes
Drama | 2018
When the movie started in black and white and with subtitles, I wasn’t not very happy. At the time, I didn’t feel like “working” at watching a movie like I knew I would have to to read the subtitles and actually pay close attention to it. Sometimes, I like to watch the movie while accomplishing something else, multi task, but I can’t do this when I HAVE to watch a movie that’s not American or in English. Well, I watched it anyway because that’s what David wanted to do.
First, I hated that this movie was in black in white. Honestly, because I didn’t get the point of it. The movie took place in the 1970s, but wasn’t color television alive back then? I’m sure there is some sort of symbolism with it being filmed like this, but I don’t understand. I don’t feel like it aided the dramatic screenplay at all, it sort of took away from it for me. Because there was no color, I couldn’t see the differences between the different parts of Mexico (ghettos and posh neighborhoods) and I couldn’t tell where the desert started and the forests ended.
Second, I hate movies that are “a year in the life of said person.” I get it, some people enjoy watching boring movies that don’t have much of a point. I’m sure this one has a subtle point to show how a low income maid lived during this time, but to me I was just watching a young woman struggle through life, I didn’t feel like the movie was trying to show the differences between the maids life and the homeowners life.
That being said though, poor Cleo did have to go through a lot in just a short time. I can’t imagine going through any of that. She was able to keep her head high and able to keep her love for her employers children strong, even after what had happened to her.
I didn’t hate this film nor did I particularly like it, and because I wouldn’t watch it again I’m going to go with an “Okay” for this one. I don’t really understand why it’s titled ‘Roma’ seeing as no one (that I could tell anyway) was named that, and that the events take place in Mexico not Italy. Doesn’t anyone know that answer to this? I can see from a Film Critic’s perspective how this would have so many Academy Award nominations, but I don’t know if it will win anything to be honest. (3/5).
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