Rudo & Cursi review

Rags-to-riches and battling brothers. It’s nothing new and nothing that hasn’t been done at least slightly better a number of times in the past. The story behind Rudo y Cursi isn’t helped by the attempt to cover so many life-changing events over the course of 100 minutes; it’s a difficult task but, again, one that has been achieved more convincingly in the past.

It’s great to see actors Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna together again after Y Tu Mamá También; the chemistry between them is brilliant. Bernal is as solid as ever, but doesn’t shine quite as brightly as he has in some of his other films. Luna, in fact, stands out more, thanks largely to his more interesting, more complex character.

This is a competent film with some commendable aspects (as well as the acting, the production design is worthy of note) but its predictable story is pedestrian, resulting in nothing more than an average film.

3 out of 5

1st Jul 2009