films seen
7
average score
2.85*
nationality
Mexico - 60 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Rare treats

Gravity

by Alfonso Cuarón
2013 / 91m - USA
Sci-fi
Gravity poster

Gravity is a film that needs to be experienced in theaters, preferably in 3D, though I am quite certain it will survive the living room experience just as well.

Solid pieces

And Your Mama Too

by Alfonso Cuarón
Y Tu Mamá También
2001 / 106m - Mexico
Drama, Romance
3.5*/5.0*
And Your Mama Too poster

The inoffensive

Children of Men

by Alfonso Cuarón
2006 / 109m - USA
Drama, Sci-fi
3.0*/5.0*
Children of Men poster

Paris, I Love You

by Olivier Assayas, Frédéric Auburtin, Emmanuel Benbihy, Gurinder Chadha, Sylvain Chomet, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Isabel Coixet, Wes Craven, Alfonso Cuarón, Gérard Depardieu, Christopher Doyle, Richard LaGravenese, Vincenzo Natali, Alexander Payne, Bruno Podalydès, Walter Salles, Oliver Schmitz, Nobuhiro Suwa, Daniela Thomas, Tom Tykwer, Gus Van Sant
Paris, Je T'Aime
2006 / 120m - France
Comedy, Drama, Romance
3.0*/5.0*
Paris, I Love You poster

Worthy but flawed

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

by Alfonso Cuarón
2004 / 142m - UK
Fantasy, Adventure
2.5*/5.0*
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban poster

Dubious filler

Great Expectations

by Alfonso Cuarón
1998 / 111m - USA
Romance
2.0*/5.0*
Great Expectations poster

No doubt an interesting film to see back to back with David Lean's version. Cuarón's approach is very different, focusing more on the romance and mystery between Finn and Estella, the latter who has a much more prominent role here. While I liked it better than Lean's very rigid rendition, Cuarón's version isn't exactly perfect either.

Dickens' story might be at fault too, as it relies on big emotions and silly twists, making it harder to take the film (and the romance) serious. But it's also Cuarón's cheesy direction, as he tries to fully commit to the romantic/Gothic setting but ends up looking a little lost. It can be beautiful to look at, but it can turn garish in the blink of an eye.

The overstated performances of Hawke and Paltrow don't help, neither does the appearance of De Niro. Maybe if Cuarón had focused more on the relationship rather than the silly plot that drives the story of Finn and Estella, things might've turned out better. As it turned out though, it's a film with too many defects to work well.

Plain forgettable

Roma

by Alfonso Cuarón
2018 / 135m - Mexico
Drama
1.5*/5.0*
Roma poster

Hyped up drama that feels way too much like a run of the mill arthouse film. The camerawork is lazy, the black & white photography not distinct enough and the drama too on the nose. There's been a lot of noise about this film appearing on Netflix so fast, well I'm glad I didn't spend a dime watching this in a theatre.