I'm So Excited
Directed by Pedro Almodovar
Released on 3rd May 2013
A cock-up between baggage handlers and ground crew preparing for take-off
is the springboard for this lightweight but enjoyable romp from a director
not amiss in pushing the boundaries of the imagination.
The landing gear is jammed and a scheduled flight to Mexico becomes the
vehicle for a deranged comedy circling Spanish airspace. What can cabin
crew do to prevent panic amongst the unsuspecting passengers? Well for
most, the solution is mind numbing, but for the lucky 1% in Business Class
the remedy forms the basis of the film.
Almodovar's licence being what it is, the crew are flighty, scatty, temperamental
and mostly gay. The sitcom scenario is played out in the short time to
what might be impending doom, virgin psychic Bruna (Duenas) senses the
worst, so it's obvious what everyone who can gets up to, before the plane
must jettison it's own hot and flammable liquid.
On board with her are a honeymoon couple, on the run banker, hired assassin,
an ordinary bloke with a bit of stuff on the side and S&M dominatrix
Norma Boss (Roth), who has the dirty on the rich and famous, right up
to the very top. These are ranged against the camp histrionics of the
'smoking' drugs, drink or religiously sozzled male stewards Josera (Camara),
Fages (Aretes) and Ulloa (Avelaro), who carry the day.
Captain Alex Acero (de la Torre) tries to steer a level course through
the mayhem when not enjoying his lunch break as the cockpit is turned
into a tapas bar.
It's all funny and engaging stuff, gagging on its own juices. Beautifully
shot in vibrant colours you will never find a flight like this, not even
in the '10 Mile High Club'. With a nod to the Carry On films, but with more balls in the air, the
Pointer Sisters sing the title song to an outrageous camp dance routine,
before the intercom crackles into life. By now each passenger in Business
Class has worn their hearts on their sleeves and told the world via the
plane's intercom of the precarious position they are in. The eerily empty
La Mancha airport now awaits and the sound effects bring everything back
into perspective. Was it all a bad trip?
Coming out into the bright sunshine of the economically ravished and
economically oppressed world of the 99%, it's fair to say that the crash
landing here will be much worse.