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I've had this movie from Netflix for about four months, and I finally finally decided to watch it yesterday as a finals break. I was surprised at how much I actually enjoyed it. I saw an exhibition on Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera last year with my Spanish class, and I thought her stuff was cool but not necessarily fascinating. And I don't usually like biopics. But Frida was very good and I liked it a lot. It covers a large portion of Frida's life, from the accident that crippled her in her youth, through her affairs with people like Rivera, Trotsky, and a lot of other women.

Salma Hayek's performance was wonderful. I've never really seen her act for real, and this movie proves that she can do it. She goes from playing Frida as a carefree schoolgirl to a middle-aged, dying woman whose body is broken but whose spirit is still strong, and she is convincing in all parts of Frida's life. Hayek got an Oscar nomination, which she well deserved. The Academy ignored her costar, Alfred Molina, who also gives a fabulous performance as Diego Rivera. He doesn't try to downplay the character's sliminess, but he still makes us see why Frida remains in love with him even after all his infidelities. As for the other performances, they are all strong. Many big stars appear in small roles as famous people: Antonio Banderas as Rivera's rival Siquieros; Geoffrey Rush as Trotsky, who at first distracted me but actually was good for the part (except his bad accent); Edward Norton as Nelson Rockefeller; and Ashley Judd, as a bisexual photographer who does an absolutely smoking tango with Hayek in one of the film's best scenes. (What is it with me and lesbian movies??)

Elliot Goldenthal's wonderful music won both the Golden Globe and Oscar for best score (although I think Elmer Bernstein's work on Far From Heaven was more deserving). The film won an Oscar for best makeup for its extremely convincing aging of the characters. By far the best thing about the movie is its visual style. Frida was directed by Julie Taymor, who directed The Lion King on Broadway, and she has an amazing skill for creating beautiful and haunting images onscreen. There were many times when I thought I was looking at a Kahlo painting, but it would turn out to be a stunningly accurate three-dimensional recreation. I definitely think this movie should have won the Oscar for art direction.

The only thing keeping Frida from a perfect 10 is that sometimes it seems a little bit shallow in its exploration of Kahlo's life. It goes through so many events and spans such a long time that we don't really get a very detailed look at what she's going through in any particular time. Because of that, Frida isn't really a great biography (the writing isn't really a strong point of the film). However, it is one of the most gorgeous movies to look at I've ever seen. Taymor is immensely creative, and there are many bizarre visual sequences: the doctors examining Frida are portrayed as skeletons, an inanimate painting begins shedding tears, there's a kind of animated scene where Rivera becomes King Kong, etc. These scenes are the best thing about the movie- they remind you of Kahlo's paintings in their inventiveness and beauty- and they're what elevate the movie to this high recommendation.
I love the colours of this film. Beautiful soundtrack too!

Nothing wrong with the performances, and there are some fantastic looking images shown on screen, but I found it pretty uninvolving.
It bored me to death.
I wanted Frida to die because I couldn't take it anymore.
Watched this last night. Bawled at the end. Got very sucked in. Didn't like some of the casting. Ashley Judd? She was in it because they're good friends and she did it for free to help Selma get the movie made.

This is not my full review.
I enjoyed it much. The story was cute. Fools Rush In sure is a pretty unrealistic story, but enjoyable. And I just like Salma Hayek as an actress. Also the soundtrack is very good.
Frida. I want you all to imagine a Mexican voice saying that name, and then you can begin to understand. This is not the best movie I have ever seen, but it is far from the worst. It was beautifully made, wonderful cinematography, but it lacked an emotional connection. Except when it showed the art, I felt very little towards Frida except sympathy for the trials that she had been through. If that was what I was supposed to feel, then wonderful. But I am not compelled to rave, although I could be persuaded to watch it again. Overall a thoroughly good movie, especially if you know anything about Diego Rivera or Frida Khalo.


"Frida" with Salma Hayek is visually stunning. Seeing as How Frida Kahlo is an artist, it is appropriate to use her paintings to tell her story. "Frida" takes advantage of this idea and create incredible imageries and effects out of it. One second we are seeing a painting of Frida, the next second, she transform into a moving character. Not only do the effects look fantastic, but it tells the viewers how Frida would paint her life into paintings and we begin to understand her views as an expressionist. Props for the director, the DP and the effect guys.

Even though I view Frida as a tragic character, I can not deny that she has a fulfilling life. The ending deals with death, yet I feel uplifted by the way she sees life.

That's the way biography film should be like; They should make us think about the life (and not the death) of the person when I finish the movie.
finally some good films, the last couple ive seen excluding big fish.. were all letdowns.. but both thirteen and frida we great.. so heres what i thought of both.

Thirteen: Thirteen is the awkward age of trying to find where you fit in.. the film is a "coming of age" story about Tracy (Evan Rachel Wood), a straight A student who decides to change her image and becomes best friends with the most popular badass girl in school, Evie (Nikki Reed).. who leads her into a much darker world involving sex, drugs, and lies.. While it all starts out as fun.. it soon becomes an out of control downward spiral.. Evie then moves herself into their house, and everything starts falling apart..Tracy's mum, Mel (holly hunter) desperately trys to understand and help Tracy who has now become a entirely different person.. So thats the plot without giving too much away.. the story was very realistic and i totally related to it.. as most of us would.. the acting by all was incrediable.. and the writing was also really good.. unlike alot of other movies about teenagers i really thought that this captured the essence of growing up..

Frida: Wow.. i really liked this film, a few different friends of mine recommended it, and after reading a few reviews earlier i was very keen to see it.. So if you havent seen it, its based the true story of Frida Kahlo's (Salma Hayek) life and her paintings.. the film was shot the same way she lived her life, full of passion, energy, and exotic colours, often blurring the paintings with real life..(my favourite part of the film)..it was also filled with pain, sadness and loss.. Frida painted through her emotions, making her artwork often daring and definately something to talk about.. which is what she had incommon with fellow painter and husband Diego Rivera, (Alfred Molina) who was also her mentor, bestfriend and comrade... the film starts and ends with Frida on her death bed.. it then spands her life from teenager to her at the young age of 47yrs old when she died... the film is great, and i'd recommend it to anyone, but caution its R rated, so dont watch it around the kiddies..

tomorrow i'm gonna watch cold mountain and see if its as good as everyone is saying..

also i just wanted say how good Salma Hayek and Holly Hunter were in these films, they definately deserve high ranking's on my best actress lists
"Frida" Review




FRIDA
(JULIE TAYMOR, 2002)
R
2 HOURS 3 MINUTES