THE COMMERCIAL MOVIE OF THE WEEK
DON’T BLAME THE KARMA FOR BEING AN IDIOT (NO CULPES AL KARMA DE LO QUE TE PASA POR GILIPOLLAS) (2016) by María Ripoll
“Love, feathers and ‘postureo’”
Adaptation of the successful novel by Laura Norton and directed by the Catalan Maria Ripoll that repeats in the romantic comedy with much more success than in its previous film “It’s Now or Never (Ahora o nunca)”.
“Don’t blame the Karma for being an idiot” tells the story of Sara, a “Bridget Jones” in a “modern” version of Malasaña that blames the karma for the recent negative events that happens in her life and thus avoid assuming that it’s really her attitude that causes many of the things that happen to her.
As far as actors are concerned it cost me a little to see Veronica Echegui in a comedy of this type since I am used to seeing her in dramatic films like “Katmandu: un espejo en el cielo”, “Six points about Emma (Seis puntos sobre Emma)”, “El patio de mi cárcel”… but the truth is that her chemistry with Álex Garcia is undeniable and appreciated in each scene, something that is vital for the film and a great success for the director and producer’s part. The rest of the cast are formed by veteran actors such as the great Elvira Mínguez and Jordi Sánchez and other youngsters like Cecilia Freire, a great comedy actress who is still very little exploited in our cinema, stands out.
Of the movie stands out above all the aesthetics, very characteristic of some of the last Spanish comedies of more audience success, with a cinematography that have freshness, warmth and smoothness very in the line of films like “Requirements to be a normal person (Requisitos para ser una persona normal)” by Leticia Dolera and “Kiki, Love to Love (Kiki, el amor se hace)” by Paco León. I venture to say that this particular aesthetic that seems taken from an Instagram filter is the new identity seal of the current Spanish cinema comedy.
In short “Don’t blame the Karma…” is a perfect comedy to have a good time in the movies and enjoy. Light comedy about daily life (which will make you feel identified in many of its scenes) but with an intelligent humor that has nothing to do with the crude humor of so many mediocre comedies that are made each year in our country.
Traducido por: Eduardo Llorente.