There are worse methods to spend two hours than watching Javier Bardem navigate inter-office politics and private relationships in his Spanish-language social satire “The Good Boss.”
And but regardless of the movie’s spectacular haul at Spain’s Goya Awards (taking prizes for greatest movie, director and actor) and submission for the newest worldwide function Oscar race (it was chosen over Pedro Almodovar’s superior “Parallel Mothers,” which earned Bardem’s spouse, Penélope Cruz, a lead actress nomination), the film’s strengths just about start and finish with its star.
Bardem seems to be having a grand time because the founder and head of a profitable firm that makes industrial scales, a singular realm for cinematic drama to unfold even when writer-director Fernando León de Aranoa (“Mondays in the Sun”) solely mines it for apparent metaphors.
The issues Julio Blanco (Bardem) faces over the course of 1 very eventful week are largely private — a detailed colleague’s crumbling marriage, a trusted affiliate’s son’s authorized bother, public protests from a not too long ago fired employee. It’s all seemingly an indication of how his personnel turns into an prolonged household, whether or not he likes it or not.
However with an organization motto “hard work, balance, loyalty” hammered residence early and infrequently, it’s no actual shock that Julio spends the remainder of the film demonstrating little or no stability, loyalty or productive onerous work. Sure, it’s known as “The Good Boss,” and sure this boss isn’t such a “good” man.
A manipulative patriarch at residence and the workplace, Blanco’s true obsession is with successful his newest in a collection of awards for enterprise excellence, irrespective of who will get in the way in which. Bardem’s mischievous flip anchors the slickly executed motion, however little of substance lingers from the floor dip into company life.
‘The Good Boss’
In Spanish with English subtitles
Operating time: 1 hour, 59 minutes
Enjoying: Laemmle Royal, West Los Angeles; AMC Burbank 16