Starring: Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, et al.
Director: Julie Taymor
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I'd rather have an intelligent enemy than a stupid friend
This biopic of painter Frida Kahlo (Salma Hayek) follows her various relationships - with her husband, the painter Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina); with Leon Trotsky; and with various women - and traces her rise to fame in the art world and her tragic personal life. Despite her physical pain, Frida never gave up enjoying life to the fullest. This might be the most striking and fascinating aspect of her personality.
Even though Frida is most certainly visually striking, the performances are another crucial aspect of the movie. The supporting cast is excellent ranging from Ashley Judd, Geoffrey Rush, Antonio Banderas and Edward Norton.
The central characters of Frida are Frida and Diego - of course. The film shares it's time equally between Frida and Diego, so we can look at them live their lives and go through their ups and downs. It's done so good, you feel like it's a real couple your looking at, and feel like your there with them.
Salma Hayek is the dramatic force behind Frida. She brings Frida Kahlo to life with enormous energy that some people might not expect. You can't help but fall in love with her. She transforms herself from the careless girl into the struggling artist. Salma Hayek is more radiant than ever. I am sure of one thing - her spectacular performance will earn her an Oscar nomination. Always present in Salma's Frida is her longing for Mexico.
Julie Taymor and Salma Hayek have truly succeeded in capturing the essence of Frida Kahlo's art - both visually and emotionally. Frida is not only celebrating the life of Frida Kahlo, it is also a celebration of Mexico. Frida is probably one of the best biopics ever made, and if your a fan of Frida's work, Salma's work, or just any movie with great script, fine directing and fantastic performances, then go and watch this movie, as it fill those criterias and even surpasses anyone's judgment of this wonderful film.
Salma Hayek makes up for many bad movies with her fierce performance in this sumptuous film. Hayek plays the Mexican surrealist painter Frida Kahlo, whose tempestuous life with her unfaithful husband, muralist Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina), drives the story of Frida. Maverick director Julie Taymor (Titus, the Broadway stage production of The Lion King) pulls out a wealth of gorgeous visuals to capture everything from the horrific bus accident that damaged Kahlo's spine to her and Rivera's trip to New York City, where Rivera's political leanings ruptured a commission from the Rockefeller family. Though the script spends too much time telling us how great Frida's painting is (rather than trusting in the power of the images themselves), Taymor's dynamic energy and Kahlo's forceful personality give Frida genuine emotional impact. The superb cast includes Roger Rees, Valeria Golino, Ashley Judd, Geoffrey Rush, Antonio Banderas, and Edward Norton.