A Guilty Pleasure?
I was intrigued by this movie. I don't know why. I'm not much of a fan of either Antonio Banderas nor Angelina Jolie. I wasn't intrigued enough to see it in a theatre, but I did see it on DVD.
** This Review May Contain Spoilers **
In some ways, it reminded me of the Tailor of Panama. What we really have is the tale of deception. Many layers of deception. Antonio's character is a wealthy Cuban coffee farmer who is looking for a mail order bride from America. What he gets is Angelina Jolie. So far, this set up isn't much different than Nicole Kidman's Birthday Girl. And, in the end it doesn't end up much differently than that movie.
Jolie weds Banderas and they have a very visual sex scene. I don't know if the DVD is different than the studio release, but the scene was long and fairly explicit in its implications, while still maintaining the American decencies of no lower frontal nudity.
As their relationship unfolds, it becomes clear that he has really fallen for her. She, has a much different plan and executes the plan without much feeling. She leaves him and steal his money. He needs her and tracks her down only to realize that in her own crazy world, maybe she needs saving as much as he does.
Part Madonna, part whore, Jolie's character is fairly typecast. She does bring some depth to the characater and the movie's pace keeps most of the questions far enough in the past that they don't matter.
Perhaps, it was too much sympathetic Tequilla that made me enjoy this escapism. I don't know. Your mileage may vary.
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