One of the things that I have always stressed to my English students is that there is a difference between goals and dreams. While goals may be difficult to achieve, they are not impossible if you really work hard at accomplishing them. They can be either short-term or long-term, but it is definitely important to have them. Dreams however, are a lot harder to achieve. In fact, they may never even happen in our lifetime. They do have a very important function in our lives though: they motivate us and inspire us to keep reaching higher until we make them a reality. Now imagine that your dream has been to make a movie. You may not have the most clear vision of how you’re going to make it, and what it will take, but that’s your dream. So the best thing to do is to give it your best shot with all that you have. That is precisely what popular Mexican actor, director, and producer Eugenio Derbez has accomplished with the release of this film; and he did quite a remarkable job with it. Imagine what the perceptions of films would be today if every director took that same type of enthusiasm to make films in the most original ways. I certainly hope that Derbez will continue the success of his directorial debut.
Do you ever stop to think about how there’s a manual that tells you how to operate many things, except your life? As we get older and mature, sure, we get tips and advice from parents, friends, bosses, teachers, and everyone you come across; but the reality is that we receive no instructions on how to live our lives. Perhaps the phrase that sums this up the best is to always expect the unexpected. Life is full of surprises and unexpected letdowns and disappointments that in the end prepare us for what’s coming later. It would be great to know what those things are before we experience them, but that’s the beauty of surprises. You just don’t know what’s going to happen until you live it at that moment. Which is why we always have to act fast but responsibly. Try understanding that at a time when you are a teenager in high school, and your only responsibility is to do well in school. I can imagine that your state of mind was that you were going to stay young for a very long time, and that you would not have to pass through life as a hard-working and responsible adult. Well, as we’ve all come to see, life has other plans for us that we simply have to accept.
Given that this is the directorial debut of Derbez, perhaps it makes it easy for the film’s critics to point out any flaws that it may have. As a first time director of any film, I am sure that it is always going to be a learning experience. You can’t strive for perfection in film or in life because it’s just not possible. Everything is always going to looked at subjectively. Just the idea of making a full-length, feature film is a tremendous task. Regardless of any flaws, what is absolutely essential is the delivery of the message. To me, that’s what separates the good films from the great ones. Of course, all of the other elements are critical as well, but as a whole, they should deliver a message to the audience. The way that message is delivered will always vary depending on the style and approach of the director. More importantly, when you deliver a message that everyone in the audience can relate to, that is a blueprint of success for future films. Derbez fortunately has the advantage of knowing other directors from Mexico such as Guillermo Del Toro, Alfonso Cuarón, and Alejandro González Iñarritu to share some directorial and filmmaking techniques with.
Despite the lack of a well-known star in the film, it has no affect on the outcome. Anyone can watch this film and be entertained by the charisma that both Derbez and Loreto Peralta showed on screen. I had never even heard of her, but I am sure that it is safe to say that her acting career will take off from this. She has tremendous charisma and on-screen presence; you can tell that she was born to do this. More importantly, it has a message that absolutely everyone can relate to. This isn’t a film that is geared towards a certain age group or crowd. Perhaps Latinos can identify with it more because they make up the majority of the cast, but the message certainly goes out to everyone. Just the other day, after I finished watching it, I mentioned that this film may not win an Oscar or any major awards. The truth is that it doesn’t need to in order for people to spread the word about how great and entertaining it is. When a movie is great, you tell your friends and family that they need to see it. This film is no exception. In fact, I kept hearing from friends and family how much they enjoyed it. So it was only a matter of time before I would see it, and do the same.
For some actors, it is difficult to make the transition from stage or television to film acting. As far as Eugenio Derbez, who also directed this film, I think that he has executed a great transition. Not to mention that this is also the first time that he has a directed a film. Doing this was a dream come true for him, so I can only imagine how much better working on a second film would be. Comedy has always been his strength, so I’m curious to see what he does with his next film; of course, I’m hoping that he will do that since he does have the talent for it. I also hope that other directors and young directors will get inspired from this and do some original work. It would be great to see a lot more original films than reboots and adaptations. I’m sure there’s a great wave of young directors coming up, and they can all learn from what’s being done now. This is a movie with tremendous heart, and a must-see for the entire film. You don’t really see a lot of these aside from animation movies; but this is definitely an exception. Please take the time to enjoy this heart-warming comedy-drama that will surely entertain you in many ways.