post-title Review “La Última Oportunidad”


Review “La Última Oportunidad”

Review “La Última Oportunidad”

Movie Review: La Última Oportunidad

This Thursday evening I had the opportunity of attending the premiere screening of “La Última Oportunidad” a Mexican rom-com that, despite taking place in Mexico City, came to life in Los Cabos.

Synopsis:

Vanesa (Jeniffer Flores) is a 25 years old woman that decides to give herself a “last chance” to find the love of her life. After many failed attepts she realizes that the problem is her, not those around her. Love is whre she expect it the least,  but she is afraid. After many dificulties she decides to finaly face her ghost and tries to build a relationship whit someone she wasn’t expecting.

La Última Oprtunidad is the first movie of director Rodolfo Palacios, an under-budget film shot through the pandemic that serves as the first showcase for most of its cast.

The movie reflects the rushed and chaotic production, there are scenes out of focus and audio problems that become jarring when trying to follow the story. One has to assume those problems only make it to the final product when you have no otter choice, no second take, no chance for re-shoots, but it feels wrong to excuse these kinds of problems, no matter the circumstances.

I will say that the experience of Rodolfo Palacios as an actor shows in the movie, with the performances being often the one thing to salvage from a given scene, most of the time the actors feel with a clear direction, and that pushes the movie forward.

The movie, in general, feels poorly put together, the director feels terrified of holding a single shot for most than two seconds, giving the whole movie an early 2000’s Youtube feeling, and that is accompanied by a screenplay that feels rushed in the way it moves from plot point to plot point and prioritizing telling a generic love-story over developing its characters, making most of the actors work go to waste.

Most of the noise around this movie, and the reason why they made events promoting it here, is the narrative of it being a project born in Los Cabos. I do agree that the Mexican films should stop telling the same stories in the same places, but I don’t see how this movie attempts to do anything about it.

I feel that the general reaction I saw in press events, of acting like this movie having cast and investors from Los Cabos means we should clap and promote it despite all its flaws is a dangerous way to bring attention to Los Cabos, especially from a city that likes to remind the world it holds an international film festival every year.

 

 



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