Film #236: OBRA MAESTRA aka MASTERPIECE
Obra Maestra aka Masterpiece
2 out of 5 stars
This dramedy from Spanish filmmaker David Trueba (who was the writer on Alex de la Iglesia’s PERDITO DURANGO) stars Pablo Carbonell, Ariadna Gil (PAN’S LABYRINTH) , and the great Santiago Segura (ACCION MUTANTE, EL DIA DE LE BESTIA, DYING OF LAUGHTER, BLADE II, and HELLBOY 1&2) who is a longtime contributor to the films of both de le Iglesia and Guillermo del Toro and is considered one of the great comic actors in Spain. In this film, which bears a remarkable similarity to John Waters’ CECIL B DEMENTED, two aspiring filmmakers kidnap a star and force her to make their film. While the concepts of these two films are similar, MASTERPIECE shows a little more heart than the Waters film did and there are moments of sublime beauty here - especially the imagined musical numbers by Carbonell - but, in the end, the characters are so unlikable that it kills any sympathy the audience might have developed. What could have been a love letter to cinema and a terrific tale of redemption for the characters falls flat and becomes uninteresting.
No video available from YouTube, but... here's some of the score.