Saturday, February 18, 2023

The Legend of Mexman (2023) Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Portrait of Germán Alonso as he works on his first feature film, MexMan while grappling with his crew and himself.

Told in such away as to parallel Alonso's own film called OB THE CAT about a cat that makes a Faustian bargain with a comic book writer, we watch as Alonso makes a deal to make his own film and has things spiral out of control.  It's a crazy tale of a filmmaker in over his head.

I liked this film. I liked it's portrait of very talented man in way over his his head. It's clear that Alonso has the drive, but he doesn't really have the ability to put it all together. As one of his friends said he told him he would only return to working with him if he took a course on how to direct a film. I don't know if it's a simple as that since it's clear Alonso has other issues as well. (Being OCD being chief among them)

If you love films about films, and particular stories where the film project goes horribly wrong this film is a must.

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