Frida (2002)

Frida

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A lavish biopic, half artistic masterpiece half Spanish soap opera, this historical account of the life of Frida Khalo is a stunning as her work. I’m a little bias here as I’ve always studied artist and art literally for my whole life. And i wish there were more artist movies like this when I was school as it would have saved me a lot of reading.

It’s never easy to try and sum up an entire life in one film, it’s hard enough to summarise in it in a book, and there is always more in the book than a movie.. but this film does a great job at detailing a lot of the great features in this unusual diva’s life.

It’s enhanced by a series of animated clips, to help accentuate Frida’s unique and quirky personality, it details the affairs and alternative lifestyle along with the politics and of course the artwork. Unlike Lust for Life (1956) it doesn’t just flash hundred of paintings around, but it displays them in an animated Tim Burton style that brings life to them and the Spanish culture that flourished in the blood of the artist.

Throughout the film I was astounded by the rich history that was depcited, I was on the Frida wiki checking things out that i had missed at school, now I’m obsessed again and am inspired to start painting once again.. so in a way I could argue that this film is life changing.

A bright and lavish landscape of Frida is portrayed in a romantic and quirky animated way, it’s hard not to fall in love with her and her art after watching her film.

Salma Hayek is thrust into the picture as the young Frida, a playful school girl who endure a very serious tram accident, later on she develops into a strong spirited, talented and free willed woman, donning her bushy brows and mustache she is more beautiful due to her character and not her looks. There are so many characters that were actually alive and involved with Friday and Diego (Molina), beautiful Spanish music and great character acting from the entire cast, I really liked Tim Roth’s small role as the American king pin.

The film is very inviting, and with a lot of biographies it paints a warming picture, it doesn’t lie as such but it’s a romantically charged story, it touches on all the major points of Frida’s life and makes no excuses or give reasons for her bold character.

9/10

Full review to come…

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