GERNIKA (2016) by Koldo Serra
“In love and war the first casualty is truth”
When I started to watch “Gernika”, I thought I wouldn’t like. It looked like a 90’s adventure movie to me, and there were too many characters and storylines so I didn’t believe all of them would have an appropiate end in so little time. Nevertheless, without having realized, the story started to grow up and I was hooked; and at the end of the movie I thought “I liked it”, because those things that seemed defects to me at first, ended up being the greatest virtues of the movie.
And that’s because “Gernika” it’s another movie talking about Spanish Civil War, a recurring topic in spanish movies, so it needed to be focus in a different way.
And the filmmaker, Koldo Serra, has proved that he knows how to make the difference. Besides of having a great amount of war scenes, this “casual” style that I was talking about at the beginning, makes this movie different from the other ones that speak about this topic too.
It’s a fact that maybe this movie could have delved more in the story, but this deficiency is supplied by the charisma of some good main characters, played by some brilliant actors. The main quartet (James D’Arcy, María Valverde, Ingrid García Jonsson and Alex García) is scintillating; Burn Gornman becomes a very bad bad guy; and Vasyl, the character played by Jack Davenport, makes you have mixed feelings.
Furthermore, a negative aspect that I would emphasised is that some scenes are too foreseeable. But, at least, the movie is quite dynamic so this detail doesn’t make the movie boring.
Even so, the film gets its purpose: remember the story of Guernica, name that we all have heard, but only a few know that is something more than a Picasso’s painting. And that’s what art is about, telling stories no matter how, it can be through paintings, cinema or music. And it’s a pitty to think that a lot of people is walking next to the painting every day in Madrid, and they won’t know the story about this village, unfairly bombed to satisfy someone’s power thirst and encourage hate.
Speaking about me, I’m sure that, from now on, every time I hear to speak about Guernica I will remember this village abandoned by justice, still waiting for an a apologize for the damage; and it will be because of this movie, that made me know a bit more about the history, sometimes cruel, of Spain.