Juan Diego has written 22 reviews for films during 2020.

  • The Two Popes

    The Two Popes

    Simply charming and engaging. I saw it more out of curiosity than pleasure, but it ended up being undoubtedly one of my favorites of the year. The two protagonists are spectacular in their respective roles. The photography is very beautiful. And what I loved the most: the screenplay, has smart and real dialogue.

  • The Devil All the Time

    The Devil All the Time

    Good surprise. The Devil All the Time is welcoming, heartbreaking, and surprising. Despite not being a jewel or a masterpiece, it is well made, has a reasonable story and for me, it was ideal to have a time of enjoyment. Very good performances and direction.

  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

    Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

    A very hectic and crazy film. I liked the performances of the entire cast, but I don't feel like they are supremely outstanding. The editing is super cool and the photography makes me feel like I'm in the scene, it makes me sweat. Overall, a very nice story, with somewhat pretentious dialogue, although the screenplay has a different tone suitable for each character. A fair portrait of blues.

  • Roma

    Roma

    A whole trip, very traditional, cultural and full of sensations. In my opinion, a little overrated, not much, but a little. I feel like it's an excellent feature film. A beautiful story about a Mexican family.

    The direction and photography are the most redeemable, they are very good. And in general, it didn't feel slow or elaborate. I doubt that it will become supremely memorable over time; however, it is a very beautiful film.

  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    Lady Bird is very interesting, mainly because of its real characters, unlike those movies that show completely chimerical young adults. The film is an anthology of life. Aside from being real, one can empathize with the characters, and I love that; plus the spectacular performances from the entire cast, and especially from Saorsie Ronan and Laurie Metcalf.

    This film is not meant to be extraordinary, and that is what makes Lady Bird spectacular. It doesn't pretend to be a masterpiece, and it isn't, but it is very interesting and eye-catching, and that makes it splendid.

  • Soul

    Soul

    Soul proposes a super interesting but not very original concept, nothing we haven't seen before. Nevertheless, it lacks the punch, that momentum in the story that made me love the film, because I feel that despite being an excellent option for the selective Pixar audience, it has several continuity errors and its main failure was not being emotional enough and not having that moral that usually hits hard, as Inside Out and Coco did, for instance.

    Regardless of the above, it is completely enjoyable and although it is not as entertaining as the Pixar classics, it is a good product.

  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★★★★★

    My best decision of 2017 was walking into the movie theater without knowing anything about Get Out. Therefore, I discovered a brutally woven story, with the most intelligent dialogue in a film of a (rare) genre of horror with comic tones.

    Everything about Get Out is unique. The story is very original and doesn't need to be too complex or pretentious to surprise. Social criticism is so present that one doesn't even notice it. Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams are…

  • Black Swan

    Black Swan

    It did not exceed my expectations despite still being a good movie.

    Natalie Portman is great, as is the tone and direction, but the movie leaves me a tasteless sensation. I feel like something is missing, but I don't know what it is. Perhaps this story of the path to perfection is not as well structured as Whiplash is, although the comparison is not valid enough, or moreover, it does not have a well-defined genre, which makes it ambiguous and…

  • The Queen's Gambit

    The Queen's Gambit

    The best show of 2020. Despite turning around a game that for many is complex and tedious, the show never gets boring at all. The Queen's Gambit has great dialogue and innovative settings. Anya is spectacular every second, and her co-stars measure up to her and complement her character very well. The ending is perfectly woven by demonstrating, better than all the TV series this year, the development of the main character subtly and naturally.

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    A complete beauty. Obsessive, heartbreaking, powerful and sentimental. A complete roller coaster. A classic we don't deserve.

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    Perfect construction a structure of 5 acts. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is one of Fincher's jewels. Good characters, good plot and a divine connection and chemistry, although quite strange, between the protagonists. The cinematography immerses us in the scene, very beautiful. A safe spot in Fincher's top 5.

  • The Prom

    The Prom

    Boring and incoherent, full of cliches and temporary gaps, and above all, full of things that would never happen in real life. Basically, despite being very colorful and full of musical numbers, as a musical theater performer, I feel that The Prom is a terrible adaptation of a musical, and even more, a lack of respect for the LGBT + community because of its perverse stereotypes.

    James Corden only gives cringe and a gloomy performance. Not to mention how much Meryl Streep could do in the face of such an abominable screenplay.