Sparkling sets, pop ballet, loud music, sequins, tuxedos, evening
dresses. Alex De La Iglesia between "Las brujas de Zugarramurdi" and
"El Bar" (not to mention the documentary about Messi and the ambitious
encyclopedic work "Words with Gods") takes a break from his classic
atmospheres and takes us into a colourful world that is also his
cheerful movie. But apart from this radical change he does not forget
the usual corrosive criticism of society and certainly he does not lose
the ability to read the flaws.
Written with the ever faithful Jorge Guerricaechevarría and made
with some familiar faces like the beautiful Blanca Suárez
(irresistible as always), Mario Casas, Carmen Machi, the legendary
Enrique Villén and with the presence of Raphael (whom we will
talk later), "Mi Gran Noche "is a crazy and explosive comedy, which
unmasks the hypocrisy of the entertainment world without any
Conceived in the first instance as a musical is a film full of
narrative lines and events from the beginning to the end with the usual
weak moment of the works of the director, which then resumes and as
always closes in the best way.
A colourful world that explodes in a studio, where between misfortunes,
quarrels, attempted murders and external events is very difficult to
record with a sparkling New Year's show.
A representation as always brilliant of all the human’s faults
(but also valuable) that ends with an inevitable happy destruction that
reminds the apotheosis of "Hollywood Party".
We are in Madrid, naturally, in a place where the recordings of the
year-end show are about to start. Outside the social protest rages with
violent clashes between protesters and police and instead inside
explodes the life of the bizarre protagonists. There is no real
protagonist but if we have to choose, the character of Alphonso an old
and presumptuous star in conflict with his son, with a young colleague
and a fan who wants to kill him, is the strongest one. A very
interesting character really unpleasant, well hidden by a national
popular facade, played by Raphael a very famous Spanish romantic singer
active since the sixties and who also has a museum dedicated to him. An
ironic role for an artist who in addition to having composed a song
called "Mi Gran Noche" has already been used on a musical level by De
La Iglesia in "Balada triste de trompeta".
The characters of the circus "Mi Gran Noche" certainly do not stop here
and continue with the aforementioned and subdued son of Alphonso (Carlo
Areces) and Oscar (Jaime Ordóñez) a fan of the singer.
Adanne (a very good Mario Casas) instead is a rising pop star who
prefers to have sex rather than sing, with the chagrin of his violent
manager Perotti, ready to do anything to avoid scandals and with great
envy of Alphonso who sabotaged him.
The couple of presenters ready to sabotage each other’s, but also
to join forces for their career, Roberto and Cristina (Hugo Silva and
Carolina Bang) and Paloma (Blanca Suarez) a spectator, who brings bad
luck but who falls in love, (bad luck or not he is really lucky) of the
mediocre José (Pepón Nieto) complete the main narrative
lines of the story. But there is still room for the story of director
Rosa (Carmen Machi) and José's nice mother.
An explosive comedy as always well directed by the hand of De La
Iglesia who manages to let the frenzy and dynamism of an evening simply
go out of control.