A smart, dark, and very entertaining comedy!
Director: Damián Szifron
Cast: Ricardo Darín, Oscar Martínez, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Érica Rivas, Rita Cortese, Julieta Zylberberg, Darío Grandinetti
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Wild Tales is dark comedy at its finest. Composed of 6 separate stories, it showcases situations in which various people are in difficulty and have to resort to extreme behavior. The result is an outrageous comedy that has no bounds. The film is bound to leave you both entertained and shocked!
The first story (titled ‘Pasternak’) is the shortest one (in terms of duration) but it really does set the tone for the movie and give a sense of what’s to come. One thing all the stories have in common is how they show seemingly simple everyday life situations that gradually escalate to great heights. Moreover, the element of unpredictability also lingers throughout the narratives. The fact that all the situations portrayed are practical ones makes the movie even more engaging.
The writing of the film is truly remarkable. It achieves the perfect balance between the disturbing and the comedic which enables the film to successfully pull off a lot of its absurdity. The writing is brought to life by the brilliant direction which seems inspired by the work of Quinten Tarantino. All the violence and craziness makes for a messy and entertaining ride.
Wild Tales is certainly not a film without any meaning. A variety of themes can be derived from it. First of all, it showcases the extremities of the human condition and emotions. Characters in the film act upon their raw emotions when all their boundaries have been transgressed. Anger and revenge are prominent features amongst the various stories. Furthermore, the animalistic instincts of humans are displayed. Some social and political commentary can also be implied.
Overall, Wild Tales is an insane yet clever film that will make you laugh, gasp and leave you on the edge of your seat. All of all the 6 tales play their part in making the movie what it is.
FINAL RATING: 4.5/5