Monday, January 30, 2012

Short Take (Haiku Edition): "A Better Life"

Weitz ain't De Sica
Latino life comes down to
Redemptive white guilt

Grade: ** (only because of Bichir)

4 comments:

Candice Frederick said...

i mean, i didn't LOVE the movie but i thought it was more than decent. i just didn't love the and wanted more from the story. the acting was fine though. but i can also see your point too.

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

I feel the slightest bit slow, but what does "Redemptive white guilt" point to? I'm struggling to remember...well, the movie too, honestly.

Jose Solís said...

Candice: yes, fine acting, lazy story. The actor deserved more though.

Andrew: you just want to make me write...by redemptive white guilt I mean the whole thing is an American fantasia about how America is still the land of dreams. See how in the last scene for example, this man who has suffered so much still wants to return to the States. It gives people a pat in the back as if to say, oh yes everyone wants to live here, and it also makes a case for ultra conservative people who want to kick all illegals out. It's redemptive for both liberals and conservatives.

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

Aaaaah, and well duh - of course I want to make you write more.

But, your explanation clears it up for me and wow, I didn't even think of that. The ending did sort of bother me a bit, but I couldn't put my finger on why, but that's a sound thought to consider. Because, I was thinking if all that's in the US for his son is gangs if he (the father) can't get a job, etc - why not just take him and go back home?

But, eh. I'm shrugging at the movie in general.