February 28, 2024

The Final Verdict on Cantinflas

The good definitely outweighs the bad in Cantinflas. Though not a perfect movie, it is consistently entertaining and works as a mini-history lesson on the Mexican movie industry. As mentioned before, Oscar Jaenada delivers a powerhouse performance; not only as Cantinflas, but as his complicated alter ego, Mario Moreno. The only downside lies in the movie’s more clichéd moments, which include bits of corny dialogue and a bit too much melodrama. Though at a brisk 90 minutes, there is never too long of a lull between laughs.

Overall, Cantinflas is as a fun and interesting biopic on a true Latino legend. It can also be a great date night experience, with its sweet love story and lighthearted comedy moments.

Cantinflas leaning back with cigarette

Images courtesy of Lions Gate Films

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Born and raised in Los Angeles, Michael Lopez has written for outlets like TMZ, MSN Latino, Latina, Huffington Post and NUVOtv. He helped launch MTV Tr3s' Blogamole network, overseeing celebrity interviews, breaking news, movie reviews and awards show coverage. Michael has also worked as a writer for brands like Playboy, Low Rider, Warner Bros and Univision.

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