I went into Fernando León de Aranoa’s new darkish drama-comedy The Good Boss not
having seen the trailer and having barely any sense of the plot. Naturally, the title is rapidly revealed to be ironic, slightly than literal.
Name me boring, however I might have really been extra keen on a film in regards to the boss of an organization who’s legitimately, genuinely good and well-intentioned for as soon as. As a substitute, we get a advantageous, although barely redundant, satire on how a profitable scales firm proprietor runs his manufacturing facility in small city Spain.
We see how per week within the lifetime of Julio Blanco (Javier Bardem) performs out earlier than his manufacturing facility, Blanco Scales, will get a go to from the higher-ups at company. We witness how he refers to his workers in any respect ranges as “household” and his “youngsters,” despite the fact that he has no drawback shedding staff with out warning — such because the case with single dad, Jose (Óscar de la Fuente) — or sleeping with new, engaging feminine workers on the manufacturing facility — like advertising and marketing intern Liliana (Almudena Amor).
Because the seven days go by, we be taught his generosity and care include compromise and expectations on the others’ ends. And we be taught that his spouse, Adela (Sonia Almarcha), has no thought how free her husband’s morals and ethics are.
The Good Boss affords many related themes, like greed, dishonest, nepotism and manipulation. The script is kind of good and the characters de Aranoa has created are intriguing. I loved Bardem, who’s at his finest with morally gray characters equivalent to Julio, and all the time appears to be having enjoyable with make-up and costumes for elaborate roles.
The youthful actors, significantly Amor and Tarik Rmili, are strong, and I like that Bardem is the one large identify within the forged. However the course of The Good Boss is slightly bland and the pacing drags after some time. I additionally really feel just like the story didn’t provide something new relating to capitalism and businessmen that we haven’t already seen on display screen earlier than.
The Good Boss isn’t a nasty movie, it’s simply not a really distinctive or impressed one. This month we bought a double dose of cynical films with Adamma Ebo’s Honk for Jesus, Save Your Soul on faith, and The Good Boss on enterprise.
I’m form of simply able to skip to the healthful, late-year releases now.