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Published May 12th 2013
Excitement, High Camp and Valencia Cocktails in the Clouds
Pedro Almodóvar's latest film I'm So Excited is a piece of fantasy that should be taken with an extremely large pinch of salt, and is not recommended viewing if you are planning on taking a flight. Widely regarded to be a satire on the current Spanish economic situation, it neither condemns, nor criticises, but delights in its own humour, absurdities and campness.
I'm So Excited Poster
Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz open the film with short cameo roles, but it is the former's distraction and omission as a chocks inspector that leads to the subsequent plot. After take -off his fault is realised, leaving the flight crew in the impossible position of spending hours flying round Toledo, when they should be en route for Mexico. The economy class passengers are all drugged by the stewardesses, leaving the action to take place in the Business Class cabin with its handful of travellers, three highly camp cabin crew, and the pilot and co-pilot on the flight deck.
I won't spoil the story for you, suffice to say that there are no singing nuns, nor critically ill children on board, nor are there calls for doctors or for pilots to fly the plane. The passengers, on whom the story centres, include a powerful dominatrix, a swindler, a hit man, a pair of newly-weds and a psychic. Her premonition of seeing white is finally realised at the end of the film, together with another one that I won't divulge.
The movie's amusement stems mainly from Valencia cocktails, mixed with mescaline, causing an enormous drop in inhibitions and a huge party in the sky. Did somebody mention the mile high club?
If you're an Almodóvar film you will enjoy this one hugely. Even if you aren't and just want to see a little piece of fun in the cinema, I would highly recommend it. You probably won't split your sides with laughter, but will probably emerge from the cinema with a smile on your face (just like many of the characters in the film). Check out the trailer for a little more of a taster.