• Name: Matar a Dios
• Year: 2017
• Country: Spain
• Director: Caye Casas & Albert Pintó
• Main cast: Eduardo Antuña, Itziar Castro, Emilio Gavira, David Pareja
• Runtime: 90 minutes
• Production company: Alhena Production
The golden times of new wave of Spanish horror comedies is far gone, back there in the 1990s. With titles like El Día de la Bestia (international title: The Day of the Beast) (1995), Airbag (1997) or Torrente, El Brazo Tonto de la Ley (1998), a group of young irreverent filmmakers leaded by director Álex de la Iglesia gave a good punch to an industry too stuck in developing projects, mainly stupid comedies or lame dramas, that nobody wanted to watch. But the mirage didn’t last much longer, the new works from the head directors of this new wave rarely pass the approval rating, and the Spanish action comedies of this new century are nothing but a joke of what they used to be.
Matar a Dios clearly tries to keep on with the spirit of the films mentioned before form 20 years ago. But besides the good intentions, it doesn’t manage to reach the desired quality level. But that doesn’t mean it’s a bad movie. The script has its moments, but can’t keep the interest through the whole film. The acting is good enough, but after a while, the characters can’t deliver more magic. It has a good handful of funny moments but also has big spots of boredom. The direction has some bright achievements, but too many ups and downs might condemn the film into oblivion.
Matar a Dios is the debut feature film of the tandem formed by writers and directors Caye Casas and Albert Pintó, after a few short films. The global impression is that the duo might have potential, but they still have a long way to go. Good social criticism towards the institutions of family and religion, and a good eye for some effective scenes, but that intention is not enough to get together a movie that remains in the heads of the audience.
Probably it won’t be a bad idea to keep an eye to these two filmmakers because with their potential and a good production manager to lead together their ideas it is fair to think some of their upcoming works could be added to the list of must-see funny movies.
IMDB URL: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6229030
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