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Criticism of ‘I’m going to have a good time’: The musical of the G Men

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Sebastien Pilote directs this adaptation of the homonymous novel published in 1913 by Louis Hémon.

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    Perhaps it is the desire to venture, but perhaps the (very unfair) puncture of ‘Explota Explota’ (Nacho Álvarez, 2020) has prompted those responsible for this ‘I’m going to have a good time’ to present their film not so much as a musical saturated with dances and songs (which are there when they have to be, and they work), but as a bittersweet comedy in which the music is omnipresent, but does not form the backbone of the structure. And although we’re not, I’m afraid, facing an amplified version of ‘Las locos de Parchís’ (J. Aguirre, 1982), it’s worth paying attention to what we’ve gained with the change.

    Let’s earn it good

    We won with an excellent script by David Serrano (it is urgent to revisit his previous musical, ‘Una hora más en Canarias’, fond memories) and Luz Cipriota in which the protagonist is much more than a mere love interest, who demystifies the figure of the badass by time that digs into lost loves invoking the perky Rachel Bloom and her now classic TV series, ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ (2015-2019). We won with a pop rereading of Stephen King’s ‘It’ without monsters or clowns (or almost… there’s the wicked shadow of bullying). we win with a warm and heartfelt vindication of native family cinema that turns the cliché of neighborhood cinema and kiosk comics (also neighborhood) into a weapon of complicity and closeness, while building sequences as hilarious as they are memorable: there is that children’s party turned into a drill of 23F. We won with these child actors who seem to represent immortal Bruguera vignettes (‘La panda’, ‘The happy gang’, ‘Aníbal’, ‘The five friends’).

    A summer made in Summer’s

    And we won with a tribute to the David Summers group that, mockingly, stands as a true film festival gentleman of Summers father, who glossed over the misadventures of the G Men in films as endearing and festive as they are conjunctural. To return the baton and the favor, ‘I’m going to have a good time’ proves to have memory as well as a heart: the malice of ‘My First Sin’ (1977) and the melancholy of ‘I need a mustache’ (1986) reverberate in a work author (thirtysomethings like eternal children, just like in ‘We have to talk’ or ‘Days of football’) by contagious vitalism, but never mechanical or silly, without a drop of broad brush nostalgia. Something as easy to enjoy as it is difficult to do.

    For ‘boomers’ with memory and party children

    The best: the overwhelming charisma of little Rodrigo Gibaja.

    The worst: that we don’t make more movies like this.

    DATA SHEET

    Address: David Serrano Distribution: Raúl Arévalo, Karla Souza, Izan Fernández, Renata Hermida Richards, Dani Rovira, Raúl Jiménez, Jorge Usón Country: Spain Year: 2022 Release date: 12–08-2022 Gender: Musical Script: David Serrano, Luz Cipriota Duration: 108 minutes

    Synopsis: Valladolid. September 1989. David and Layla have just started eighth grade in EGB and they really like G-Men. They also really like each other, but since David is so badly advised by his friends, all the things he does to win her over always end up being a failure. . Despite everything, the two become inseparable. Valladolid. Just over thirty years later. David and Layla haven’t seen each other since the late eighties, but they’ve never forgotten each other. Things, at least professionally, could not have gone better for Layla: she is a film director and she has won an Oscar. David’s life, on the other hand, has been more normal and neither he is famous nor has he won any prize.

    Source: Fotogramas

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