Film #216: CARANCHO
3 out of 5 stars
At the outset, I’ll say that I really like the work of actor Ricardo Darin. His performances in films such as NINE QUEENS and THE AURA are really something to behold. That said… What keeps CARANCHO from being a truly great film is multi-leveled. The film is unabashedly slow. It takes forever to get to the meat of the story and a half hour could have easily been cut out of the film and not be noticed. Yes, the last twenty minutes or so were tense and had some great action moments (especially the last few minutes), but… it’s a long road to get to those few moments. Also, there are some character incongruities that simply don’t add up and the basic premise makes it seem like automobile accidents are rampant in South America and that lawyers there are little more than mobsters and thugs. But Ricardo Darin somehow makes us set all of that aside and we are drawn to watching him (again… even while the story is allowed to meander a bit). Going into the film not knowing (and therefore expecting) anything helped my liking of the picture. I just wish - at the end of the day - the payoff was a little better and the director could’ve established a better sense of pacing. Fun… just not great.