“I Am a Director” (2012 Puerto Rican movie) review

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Intro

I decided to watch this movie at Cinequest 2013. I had no idea what this movie was about, but I did assume that it had something to do with making a movie. As an aspiring filmmaker, I wanted to check it out to see if I was right or not.

Plot

Carlos is an aspiring movie director based out of Puerto Rico who spent five years in Hollywood learning the craft. Joa is his best friend who is on the production side. Together, they decide to make their dream movie “Hollywood” style. Unfortunately, none of them truly knows what it really takes to make a movie.

The entire movie goes through there preproduction stage of putting a movie together. As a duo, they must get funding, find locations, get the cast and crew together, and learn how to make a movie.

Good

Carlos really has no clue on what his role and the roles of everyone else entails. He is really oblivious on how hard making an independent movie with that American flare really is. He does not really have a plan and just wings everything. He has the enthusiasm, just not the intelligence. His idea is to make a movie like Hollywood without the structure or budget.

Joa is his partner in crime and if it weren’t for her, things would fall apart. She is his yang to her yin. She is responsible for knowing what to do and is the glue to keeping the project together. She must keep him on his heels especially from all the pressures of being a first time director. She has to keep him level headed and make sure he’s on the right path.

There are so many laughs left and right. It honestly is a movie where anyone of any age can see and laugh. Never before has watching someone suck at their job been so enjoyable.

Bad

I can’t really say anything that bad about it. It definitely felt original to me. Of course, it would have been a disaster if it were an actual documentary.  Fortunately, it was an actual movie.

Overview

I had initially watched this movie at Cinequest 2013. I watched it on the recommendation from various people since I had no idea what to watch.

Although, I said it was funny for all demographics, I really do feel that film makers should watch this as a way not to act when it comes to making a movie. Film makers will get a lot of the lingo such as what an A.D. (assistant director) actually does or what a dolly is.

It seemed to flow naturally with stupid remarks that even impressed me. None of the comedic attempts seem forced on us. There were more than adequate amounts of laughs during the entire movie. It’s just so enjoyable to watch someone be so ignorant, witty, and conceited at the same time. I can honestly say that it’s my one of my favorite Cinequest movies of 2013.

Overall rating: 4/5

Reviewed by: Mr. Timtastic

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