Wednesday, April 24 2013, 03:20 AM MDT
Movie Review: No
4 out of 5 Stars
Director • Pablo Larrain
Starring • Gael Garcia Bernal, Alfredo Castro, Luis Gnecco
Rated • R
Recommended to • Those looking for a Chilean history lesson and a return to the visual aesthetic of 1988.
Based on the real events from 1988 when military dictator Agusto Pinochet allowed a referendum to solidify his position of power in Chile. He did so believing there was no way he could possibly lose an election. Even the oppositon believed he would win, but they hired a young advertising executive, Rene Saavedra (Gael Garcia Bernal), to try and mount an ad campaign on a shoe-string budget that could give the people of Chile the courage to vote for freedom.
“No” looks like it was shot in 1988. Typically that wouldn’t be a compliment; in this case it sets the tone of the film perfectly and injects the fairly weighty material with a sense of humor. This humor does take away some of the tension that might have otherwise been there, but it makes the film more accessible to those who might not typically enjoy a Spanish-language movie.
-Ryan Michael Painter