2001 was a great year for Mexican cinema, as film lovers everywhere were introduced to three filmmakers — Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu, Alfonso Cuaron, and Guillermo Del Toro — who oozed talent and original vision. Del Toro made “The Devil’s Backbone,” Cuaron made “Y Tu Mama Tambien” and Innaritue made “Amores Perros” all in 2001, 3 films that, while pretty good in an of themselves, were all the more exciting because of the potential they exhibited. These three filmmakers from Mexico all seemed capable of doing great things.
Flash forward 12 years and you don’t hear much about the “Three Amigos” or the Mexican New Wave anymore. I would say Cuaron and Del Toro each have made one great film in the last decade — “Pan’s Labyrinth” form the latter and “Children of Men” from the former – but both are also guilty of odd decisions and curious missteps. What made Cuaron want to direct a Harry Potter installation? And why is Del Toro messing around with a third rate comic book adaptation like Blade? I expected more from directors with such impressive debuts.
But of the three, Inarritu has undoubtedly been the most disappointing. His movies just seem to get worse and worse.