Support: Erik Hayser (SENSE8 [2015 – 2018]), Rodrigo Cachero (VANTAGE POINT ), Paco Rueda (stuff I’ve either never seen or heard of), Estefanía Ahumada (feature film debut; felicidades, señorita)
Director: Pipipol Ybarra (stuff I’ve either never seen or heard of)
Writer: Alberto Bremar (UN PADRE NO TAN PADRE )
Composer: Manuel Riveiro (HAZLO COMO HOMBRE)
Cinematographer: Martín Boege (stuff I’ve either never seen or heard of)
Editors: Eduardo Guillén (debut; felicidades, señor), Diego Macho Gómez (HAZLO COMO HOMBRE), and Julio Hernandez (debut; felicidades, señor)
Already saw the movie, so I’ll be skipping the impressions.
This is my honest opinion of: YA VEREMOS / WE’LL SEE
Santiago “Santi” (Emiliano Aramayo) is an eleven-year-old kid, son of Rodrigo (Mauricio Ochmann) and Alejandra (Fernanda Castillo). However, Rodrigo and Alejandra are divorced and don’t like each other much. Rodrigo is a doctor who is always on call, and Alejandra is engaged to Enrique (Erik Hayser), who is the nephew to the third richest man in Mexico. While staying with his dad, Rodrigo discovers that Santi is hard of seeing. Taking him to a doctor, it’s discovered that Santi has a rare condition that will gradually take his eyesight if he doesn’t get surgery, which only has a fifty-fifty chance of success. In a bid to make the boy happy should the surgery not work, Santi writes a list of activities that he wants to do before going in for surgery in two weeks, but there’s a catch. He wants his mother to join them.
5.3/10 on IMDb and 0% on RottenTomatoes (as of 9/2/2018)?? I… I legitimately don’t get it. Coming from someone who usually goes into comedies expecting to hate them with the blue hot passion of a thousand stars, I came out of this movie rather charmed and highly entertained. I’m sorry, folks, but I’m siding with the RottenTomatoes audience score of 100% (as of 9/2/2018) on this one.
For one thing, compared to many of the previous Spanish films I’ve seen, like HAZLO COMO HOMBRE and 3 IDIOTAS, this movie at least has heart. There’s no outdated homosexual hate, unlike HOMBRE, and the jokes and humor legitimately made me laugh, unlike IDIOTAS. When the kid’s vision starts fading away, his parents act like rational parents. His dad immediately takes Santi to the doctor’s and, after a little coaxing, treats his son like an adult and gives him a straight answer on his chances, to which the kid takes it pretty maturely. And in quite the hilarious fashion, when Alejandra finds out, she literally brings a shit-load of carrots because they’re good for eyesight. From ten different supermarkets no less. How can you not enjoy such an overreaction?! And again, it’s not always a live-action cartoon. The infighting between the parents is pretty well-executed. It’s not Shakespearean, of course, but they’re not sticking their tongues out at each other, their expressions aren’t over-the-top, but rather just seem very embittered.
The long and short is that, while this is mostly a comedy, it still treats its story with sincerity. The drama is played out like a drama, the comedy feels mostly natural and not ham-fisted like with most of the genre. Yes yes, the skin turning orange is a little too silly. I know this is technically true, eat too many carrots over the course of a few days and your skin will turn into an orange color, I can’t imagine it’s so cartoony as this movie portrays. This is one of the very few downsides of the flick, but it’s over with pretty quickly and not revisited, making it a pretty light jab.
Perhaps a majority of the hate for this film has something to do with the parents acceptance of what Santi wants to do before his surgery. On his list of things to do, he wants to see a pair of breasts, and not in a magazine. What do the parents do? Well, as established earlier in the story, Rodrigo had a one night stand with a woman named Irma (Estefanía Ahumada), who is a little too obsessed with him. As in, even desperate horny teenage boys would be telling her to tone it the hell down. You can immediately see where this is going. Basically, Rodrigo tricks her into taking a shower and then tricking Santi to going into the bathroom to see those coveted breasts, which works. Yes, I will definitely question the morals of a set of parents who willingly plan this out, but keep in mind a few things. One, Alejandra says, “We’re going to Hell,” to which Rodrigo says, “I know.” They know this is messed up, but I guess for the sake of a comedy, how can you say no to a kid who may never know what a set of breasts really look like? Two, the reactions are hilarious. Santi runs out in fear when Irma sees him, throws up a thumbs up and says thanks, and then Irma goes completely ballistic. Again, I thought this was funny. I guess if you want to get rid of an overly obsessed woman, this would seal that deal pretty easily. I know I said that this movie isn’t always cartoony, but this is one of those rare moments when it gets to that point and it worked for me.
I won’t lie, there are problems, or I can see why many wouldn’t enjoy this.
For one thing, it’s predictable. The set-up is such a cliché that the ending is seen ninety minutes away. The predictability can be almost embarrassing. Of course the romance between Rodrigo and Alejandra is going to reignite, nothing in this movie is anything particularly shocking. I just happen to think that the actors are charming enough to work past the story’s limitations and the natural progression of their characters feels organic rather than forced.
Actually, now that I’m thinking about it, I think I figured it out. Early on in the story, Santi asks his dad how long he’s got, and says that complete loss of eyesight will happen in two or three months, or something like that. But then in another scene, the dialog goes something like, “Is it smart to postpone the surgery?” “The doctor gave him these eyedrops, so they should last him two weeks.” So, unless I royally missed something in the subtext, yeah, the set-up for the remainder of the movie is pretty damn stupid. No parent would ever risk their child’s health just so they could go see a lucha libre wrestling match, or… you know, another woman’s tits. Especially, if I’m not mistaken, the longer they postpone the surgery, the more likely the surgery won’t work, which is already a coin toss as is. And if the event horizon is past that two weeks, which I’m assuming is a rough estimation, I don’t think any parent would play it so close to the vest. I can see a parent putting it off for one week, but not the full two. I suppose with this in mind, it’s very hard to make excuses for the movie and will certainly make or break the movie for a lot of people. If the current ratings are any indication, I’d say we know how many people were swayed.
Overall, yes, there are some glaring problems with the movie and it’s hard to justify them, if it can be done at all. With that said, I still maintain that I enjoyed this movie a lot. It’s a feel-good movie that does it’s job. It made me laugh, it made me swoon, I was invested in the characters, and I’m just going to throw this out there, I’m looking into the soundtrack. Cristian Castro’s “Es Mejor Así,” Aleks Syntek’s “Una Pequeña Parte De Tí,” and Reik’s titular “Ya Veremos” are among my favorite tracks so far. I can’t stop listening to them. For me, the movie gets a hell of a lot more right than wrong, or at least does something with its concept that made for a charming and engaging watch. As a recommendation, it’s hard to say. Generally speaking, people trust the masses, so without a glowing recommendation, it’s probably going to be ignored, especially if you’re not into this type of movie. As a rom-com with some tasteful drama, it’s worth checking out and I’d be open to seeing it again. Maybe not in theaters, but as a rental. Bring a date, or your mom. I think there’s just enough to be worth passing the time.
My honest rating for YA VEREMOS / WE’LL SEE: 4/5
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