Finally saw the Y Tu Mama Tambien
. I'd probably give it a B+. I did like it quite a bit, but I don't think it's anything revolutionary like a lot of people seem to. Only looking at the film stylistically, it's just one big Godard homage (ripoff?). The 3rd-person, omnscient narration? Straight out of Masculin Feminin
and Band of Outsiders
. The camera that strays away from the central characters to show us the world around the characters? Straight out of nearly every Godard film that I've seen. The scene where Louisa plays a song on the jukebox and does a little dance for us? Eerily similar to the little dance number in, again, Band of Outsiders
. Cuarón working in a familiar American genre (specifically, the road movie) and injecting it with social and political commentary? That's what Godard's early films were all about, wasn't it?
Still, the movie is quite good. The banter between Julio and Tenoch is hilarious. Despite the two guys really being the two self-centered assholes, you can't help but like them. Luisa, you like her, too, and empathize with her situation (though I do think the movie should've spent more time developing her backgroud, the fucked up marriage, her lack of independance, her whole motivation for leaving her husband and going on the road trip). I liked how the narration and that roaming camera served to illustrate what was happening politically and social in Mexico, as well as the character's own self-centeredness.
Again, I liked the film a lot. I just think Cuarón wears his influence on his sleeve, so to speak, and never really transcends this influence and adds anything new to the mix. There's nothing exactly wrong with the film. I'd just like to have seen a more unique vision from the director, especially after hearing others heap loads upon loads of praise on the film.