I’m So Excited – Review
When it appears as though the end is in sight, the pilots, flight crew, and passengers of a plane heading to Mexico City look to forget the anguish of the moment and face their own personal problems. A technical failure has endangered the lives of the people aboard Peninsula Flight 2549. The crew devote themselves to the task of making the flight as enjoyable as possible for the passengers, while they await a solution.
This is effectively a disaster movie but it is not set in our world for this is a Pedro Almodovar movie. ‘I’m So Excited’ is a film that will not be for everyone. Whether you have seen his films before or if this is your first experience, everyone will have a different interpretation and view of it, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The story is as exuberant and as unique as you may have come to expect. As well as plenty of outlandishly gay humour, at times reminiscent of ‘Airplane’, there is also more to this than what first meets the eye as the film is littered with metaphors about Spanish culture, history, political situation and the ongoing European economic crisis.
Slightly indulgent, excessive at times and highly sexualised the film’s real strength is with its performances. Featuring an early almost cameo appearance from two of Almodovar’s regulars Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz, the show belongs solely to the trio of ultra camp air stewards led by the brilliant Javier Camara. At times it is difficult to keep up with the sharp and snappy quick-witted dialogue especially if you have to read the subtitles almost leaving you to get lost in translation. When the story drifts away from the aircraft, although it shows some heart, it also does lose some of its momentum. It may be easy for some to dismiss the film as over the top, in bad taste or disappointing compared to some of his other films, but what you can’t deny is that it is entertaining and looks absolutely gorgeous.
This is unmistakably a Pedro Almodovar film and is so much lighter than some of his previous work but clearly still set in his beautiful World with metaphors a plenty. Eccentric and entertaining throughout with the highlights being the quick sharp dialogue between the cabin crew staff and passengers. Obviously the rendition and dance routine of the Pointer Sister’s ‘I’m So Excited’ is laugh out loud hilarious.