Cantinflas: A Review
In any Mexican household, the name Cantinflas is as nostalgic as pan dulce and chocolate mexicano. I remember my dad and mom watching his movies on the Spanish language TV stations. I would try to keep up with the movie but I couldn’t quite catch some of the punchlines due to how freaking fast Cantinflas would speak! Half the time, I would have to ask them what he had said because I clearly didn’t get it.
Mexican icon, Mario Moreno,”Cantinflas“, as seen through producer Michael Todd’s eyes, getting a glimpse of their collaboration on the 1957 film, “Around the World in 80 Days”, winning 5 Oscars and 2 Golden Globes, and turning into the top grossing film of their time. Cantinflas tells the story of a man who got his start in Mexico’s equivalent of Vaudeville theater, his talent and humor traveling the world over.
A couple of weeks ago, I got to see this new movie about his life, both on and off the screen, and it just flooded my mind with memories of yesteryear. There were certain scenes in the movie in which I felt my eye tearing up. I kept on thinking about how much my dad loved watching him and how much I loved hearing him laugh. Because when Cantinflas made my dad laugh, oh boy, did he laugh! I learned a lots of new things about Mario Moreno and his beloved character Cantinflas through this film. Stuff that I mentioned to my mom and she (of course) knew about.
Check out this short but sweet video that talks about the making of the film:
Cantinflas is out in theaters this weekend. The film is sweet and entirely in Spanish. We saw the film with English subtitles, but I don’t know if that’s true with all theaters showing the film. Take your moms and dads, anyone who was raised sitting in the living room with their familias, watching the great Cantinflas.
This is not a paid post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was invited to see this movie to facilitate this review.
Liz is a Mexican-American blogger living in Southern California. Married 19 years, and a mami to 3 kids, her content is inspired from living in and raising a multicultural familia. Liz has been blogging for more than 7 years, establishing herself as a nationally recognized Latina blogger. She often blogs in Spanglish and may throw in some Tagalog when talking about her hubby. You can also find her chit chatting away at @Liz_Cerezo on Twitter!