|One of my favorite filmmakers.|
Look at him, he's just one of us. Another nerd who loves what he does.
So, when I hear Del Toro's short was about a high school kid (Fernando Garcia Marin) who summons a demon to keep himself from failing geometry, I'm wondering how Del Toro's going to treat it like a social piece like he does with any movie he makes. Sure, enough I find the director's cut (in Spanish, a language I don't understand, but I trust in Del Toro's visual language to keep watching anyway) on YouTube and find that it's completely farcical yet still enjoyable. Del Toro had fun with it, it's like a comic book by Dario Argento is how it is. There's a really funny little movie-in-a-movie that the boy's mother (played by Guadalupe del Toro - I don't know if she has a relation to Guillermo at all, possibly his mother) watches in the other room that happens to be a bootlegged version of the Exorcist, complete with an obnoxious all-synthesizer rendering of Mike Oldfield's 'Tubular Bells'. The bubblegum chewing demon of the picture, despite being played by a man - Rodrigo Mora, seems to himself be a throwback to the Pazuzu-possessed character by Linda Blair.
|Qué un día excelente para un examen de geometría.|
I so wish that were a line in the movie.
The twist of the film, despite leading to an extremely grim ending, was enjoyably novel. That was creative writing on their part and I found myself chuckling along with the demon when he delivered the facts that sealed the fates of the other characters. I couldn't help it. It was ironic, I'm sure you'd all do the same.
All things said and done, this short I'd give a 8 out of 10. Considering where it started and what kind of a filmmaker eventually came out of it, it's a treat to see, particularly on a month which I made a habit of watching horror movies. It's not perfect, but in my eyes, it's very very close. Fun fact: Despite my current mathematical status, I failed my freshman geometry course once (out of sheer laziness), so I somewhat relate.
I have a friend whose favorite movie, from what I understand, is Pan's Labyrinth. Who could argue with that? Anyway, he mentioned that if he ever met Del Toro, he would ask him why his movies are so depressing. I personally disagreed, mentioning that he seems to show great sympathy for the characters in his movies (even sometimes the villains) and my friend rebutted that with a particularly good argument on the editing and shot choices in Pan's Labyrinth. Then we both humorously mused on whether or not he realized it, given his usual jolly manner and subtle humor in many of his pictures despite the horrific themes, and how he'd react to such a question and it ended up somewhat like 'I had no idea they were depressing... huh.'
|'I will look into it and address this issue.'|