He's got one of those faces that although it ticks all the boxes needed to be classed as good-looking, looks somewhat out of scale; as if someone put the wide end of a pint glass against his head, drew a circle around it, and then tried to get everything inside the line.Ryan Reynolds did all the animal voices in the film... Accents are... not his forte, I would say.
Love this movie. I bought the DVD when it was first released. Fantastic atmosphere, and a real sense of place - geographical and temporal; that period of transition in Spain was an intriguing time, still relatively underexplored. What's not said is as much of the story as what happens - I've always thought Europeans are better at that kind of thing. As the final words of the official trailer state: No lo sé.Marshland: The Deep South: swampy land, poverty, smuggling, heroin trafficking, girls disappear. But this is the Deep South of Spain and it's 1980, a democracy but not really a democracy yet. Two big city detectives are sent to investigate the disappearance of teen sisters but they find that other disappearances have taken place over the years. Local corruption and protection of the wealthy impede their inquiries. A dark, violent film. murders, tortures, but the worst excesses take place off camera or are alluded to. Both detectives deal with their own demons as they pursue the monsters behind the carnage. Good thriller set against a background of social unrest during a time of changes. Directed/Written by Alberto Rodríguez. 8/10.
The Legend Of The Bones: Inspector Salazar is back. In this connected sequel Amala is investigating a series of murders where women are killed and an arm cut off, the killers then commit suicide. Someone is taunting the inspector, the killers leave her notes with the word Tartallo, a fabled killer of Christians. In a parallel case churches are being desecrated, bones left, it seems to be connected to the persecution of the Cagots by the RCC and The Inquisition. The Cagot community practiced Folk Magic and were accused of being witches. We see flashbacks of Cagots being burned. Salazar has her own problems: her mother is violently insane; her aunt reads Tarot Cards and sees doom approaching; she has a newly born baby. Another Fortean tale set in the Basque Country, CSI labs in old cavernous buildings, bones found in a cave, dark foretrs. An Opus Dei priest/psychiatrist who believes real evil is at work in the area. Based on a novel by Dolores Redondo, second in the Baztan Trilogy. Director Fernando González Molina working from a screenplay by Luiso Berdejo delivers an engaging dark thriller. In Spanish, English and Basque, subtitled. On Netflix. 8/10.
Although I might not have given it quite so high a score, after some early reservations I did actually end up enjoying this trilogy.Offering To The Storm: So the Baztan Trilogy comes to a conclusion...