WILD TALES | REVIEW

This was a movie I needed last week, I was in financial stress, housing stress, having a bad week at work, had just been fined $243 for parking and had about $20 left to my name to make it through the week. I was a little down and honestly thought the world could go and f**k itself. I went to this movie with no knowledge about it what-so-ever and my god, it was one of the best decisions I have made in a while. An Argentinian movie, WILD TALES is a black satirical comedy film all about revenge. Six short films by one director that made my week. WILD TALES is releasing this Thursday 21st May on strictly limited release in Australia. It is released by Sony Pictures Releasing Australia, runs for 122 mostly belly laughing mins and is rated MA15+. Cinemas screening it will be listed at the bottom.

 

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BY JASON KING

WILD TALES was this year’s Oscar nomination for best foreign language film from Argentina, sadly it lost out but it then went on to win pretty much every award at the Argentinian Oscars, and has gone on to be either nominated or win awards the world over. It is not what I would have expected from Argentina, it came across as French and the satirical look at revenge was reminiscent of Michael Douglas’ FALLING DOWN except most of these short films are hysterical as opposed to deadly serious.

I have not laughed this much in a movie in a very long time. Just imagine being incredibly pissed off at something and then imagining the worst way to get back at what or who caused you to be that upset. Imagine the most violent comical methods, and WILD TALES presents them.

 

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WILD TALES | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | THE DINER SHORT

 

WILD TALES starts with THE PLANE – a man and a lady are on a plane that has just taken off and discover they have someone in common, someone else on the plane overhears them and knows the same person and gradually we realise everyone on the plane is connected by one person.

The movie then enters THE DINER – two ladies working in a roadside dirty/ filthy diner on a rainy night. One of them is quite innocent and shy, the other is an ex-con chef with attitude who hates everything and is pissed with life. A man enters the empty diner and the younger lady remembers him as a violent criminal from her past that caused her family to be on the run and into hiding. She is scared and wants it all to end, the chef just wants to kill him any means necessary.

Following this we get on THE ROAD – (not sure if the shorts are actually called the names I have called them – but they work) we have a man trying to overtake a slow driving country man on the highway, he swerves to give the faster car some grief and when the faster car overtakes he slings abuse at this “redneck.” Kilometres down the road he gets a flat and then the “redneck” catches up to him and their love for each other explodes into warfare.

 

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WILD TALES | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | THE PLANE SHORT

 

Let’s call the next one THE TOW, a demolitions expert keeps getting his car towed, but the car is getting towed from legitimate spots and this man is battling against bureaucracy and red-tape and government members who are “just doing their job,” it is basically pay now or pay more and not get your car back. You can see where this one is heading.

The next one is my least favourite, probably the most serious and out of character from the other films. We shall call it THE HIT AND RUN. I can see why they did this one, revenge from a different angle, but it just wasn’t funny. A son of a wealthy man runs a pregnant lady over on the way home from a nightclub and races home to tell his parents. Always being saved the son expects his parents can clean up his mess for him yet again. The father asks the gardener to “take the fall.” This one is clever but too dark and nothing about the death of a pregnant lady is funny. They positioned all the films perfectly, and this one especially so as it is followed by the grand finale, the funniest of them all.

THE WEDDING. This is hand’s down the best wedding ever seen on film, EVER. Happy in-love couple get married and then at the wedding reception the newly wedded wife spots a lady sitting with her husband’s workmates and thinks it is a woman her husband had been sleeping with. The wedding declines into a couple of hours of hell, and it is so hilarious I was crying and gasping for air. My one gripe: you cannot use an iPhone phone wearing gloves!!!

 

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WILD TALES | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | THE ROAD SHORT

 

Some of the shorts are preferable to others, most are predictable but the film is a bloody work of genius. Something so left of centre and nothing you have seen of late. The comedy is dark, the satire is strong and laughs are hard. I applaud Damián Szifrón for this movie – I have to get my parents to see this one and I highly recommend it to one and all. The cinematography, the production values, all epic and then six little tales to make you feel better about yourself and the world we live in.

The greatest irony of all, I got another parking fine while in this movie, this one $104. I was away from the car for 2hrs14mins and the spot was a 2hr spot, I just laughed at the humour of it all, before seeing this movie I would have cried, I just wished I was a demolition expert.

CINEMAS SCREENING WILD TALES IN AUSTRALIA:

IN CINEMAS MAY 21

Sydney- Dendy Newtown & Palace Verona

Melbourne- Cinema Nova & Palace Brighton Bay

Perth- Luna Leederville & Luna SX

 

4 and a Half Pops