I’m So Excited! (MA15+)
Javier Camara, Cecelia Roth, Lola Duenas
DIRECTOR PEDRO ALMODOVAR
REVIEW PIER LEACH
You’ll like this if you liked Kika, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Potiche, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
As frothy and as fruity as a pina colada, Spanish cinema maestro Pedro Almodovar's latest film is a sky-high lark. Its satirical sex comedy takes place for the most part at 10,000 feet aboard a troubled, circling airplane, whose broken landing gear comes courtesy of Almodovar favourites Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz.
They only appear briefly at the beginning as airport ground crew and lovers but their hapless encounter on the runway inadvertently sets the film's preposterous, sexy shenanigans in motion.
It is a decisive return to comedy for Almodovar after his freaky last film with Banderas, the wonderfully bizarre psychological thriller The Skin I Live In.
But although I'm So Excited! is an effervescent, kitsch-as- can-be romp, it nevertheless makes many a sly reference to corruption and Spain's economic woes.
In fact, many have interpreted the entire setup of a going- nowhere-fast airplane that's threatening to crash land as an astute metaphor for Spain's doom-and-gloomy economy.
Filled with a cast of Almodovar regulars, the plot has Javier Camara (Talk to Her), Raul Arevalo and Carlos Areces running the show up in the air as a trio of jaded, super- camp flight attendants.
After they realise the flight's in trouble, they will do just about anything the keep things calm in the face of disaster - including drugging the whole of economy class, bedding the pilots and, as a little in-flight entertainment, lip-synching the Pointer Sisters dance hit that lends the film its title.
Meanwhile, all kinds of subplots unravel up at the pointy end of the plane.
Cecelia Roth (who starred in Almodovar's debut feature Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls Like Mom) shows up as a dominatrix to the ruling class with a hit out on her.
Lola Duenas (Talk to Her, Broken Embraces) appears as Bruna, a sexually repressed psychic who decides to, ahem, straddle the problem.
And a soap star (Guillermo Toledo) with a suicidal ex-girlfriend (Paz Vega) sets off a bizarre and amusing set of coincidences on the ground.
Put together, it's a marvellous farce - a kinky, madcap, retro- styled soap opera that literally ends in a happy, foam-covered puddle.It may not be Almodovar's most profound work (my favourite is still Talk To Her) but it's an irreverent laugh that fans will suck up like a happy hour shot of tequila.