How wonderful it is when the first line of dialogue in a movie puts a smile on your face, while suggesting that its tone is the kind you’ll be glad you experienced.
New comedy/drama Official Competition, which stars Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas and Oscar Martínez is one such film, thanks to its delightful absurdity and amusing ridiculousness.
Directed by Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat, the fun starts just before wealthy businessman Humberto Suárez decides to hire a famous movie director to shoot a smash hit film. And why not? After all, what else is there, following one’s high-profile business success and noteworthy philanthropy?
You probably already agree that a super-inflated ego in action is one of the most amusing things to witness. And this tends to be true whether you are laughing aloud or stifling laughter for fear of repercussions.
Official Competition, a comedy about filmmaking gives you permission to laugh at the art of making movies. Especially the peculiarities of the processes, plus the creative and the less creative individuals involved.
The few slightly slower moments aside, I had a good time watching Cohn and Duprat’s film. The highly skilled cast is a delight to watch. I especially enjoyed everything José Luis Gómez, who plays wealthy businessman Humberto Suárez does on screen. So much so that I selfishly wish that he appeared in the movie more frequently.
Watch Official Competition if you’re curious, and certainly for the fun, well-written movie-making ridiculousness.
Now, please excuse me while I go and rewatch the opening scene, my favourite!
Happy Film Loving
12 thoughts on “OFFICIAL COMPETITION (2021): The Things I Liked…”
Movies About the ‘themselves’ are always a great time. Especially when The Money gets involved😄 This sounds fun.
Yes, the money definitely set everything up very nicely. 😁
I love this hair on Penélope. It works well with her character’s style in the movie.
Agreed. I wouldn’t mind getting hold of that wig for myself. Looks like so much fun. 😁
Great lineup, and I can always use a laugh, thank you for highlighting this one, Gia, added to my list! 😉
My pleasure, Tiffany. Enjoy! 🤗
I hope this will be on streaming soon! I do love Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas.
I imagine that eventually it will be. Also I certainly wouldn’t mind watching it again. 🤓
This sounds great, I love PC!
Agreed about PC, and I hope you get to watch it soon if you haven’t already. 🤓
What a delightful write-up! You certainly got me interested in a movie that would otherwise go unnoticed!
Thank you, Uri! 🤓 The movie was a true delight for me. I hope you get to enjoy it soon. I know that it’s currently available on Amazon Prime Video.