Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Posted by schnolis on January 21st, 2009 filed in Reviews

VICKY_CRISTINA_BARCELONAI enjoyed this movie.  It’s funny.  It has interesting characters.  The backdrop of Spain is downright breathtaking.  I could relate to a few characters, and found the dialog cute.  But I don’t really know what the movie about.  It was like the dream you have when you first wake up in the morning, kind of surreal and all the pieces don’t quite fit together, but all-in-all a pleasant time.

Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) are a couple of Americans who take a trip to Barcelona to spend a summer.  They’re complete opposites in personality, but both end up falling for the same guy in Spain.  His name is Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem).  He’s a rugged, handsome, wealthy artist brimming with confidence.  Their lives become a very tangled mess of relationships and interractions, all in the span of a few weeks.     

Obviously the whole story isn’t based on the real world.  Things happen in the movies all the time that never happen in real life.  This is probably a good thing.  Nobody I know wants to go to the theater and see their own ordinary lives on display without something extraordinary happening.  But it’s hard to suspend belief when you see ridiculously beautiful people acting and being treated like ordinary ones.  

What I liked: Barcelona.  Beautiful people doing emotional and idealogical things.  

What I disliked: The obnoxious overdub.  

Score: 7 of 10

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