Pedro Almodóvar’s upcoming movie, I’m So Excited / Los amantes pasajeros (literally, "passing lovers" and/or "passenger lovers") has a new and full trailer. That’s the good news. The not-so-good news (for non-Spanish speakers): it’s in Spanish, without subtitles. (Please scroll down to check out the I’m So Excited trailer.)
But don’t feel bad if you don’t speak Spanish. After all, even Spanish speakers will likely have to pay close attention to the one-gazillion-words-a-minute dialogue — which would put James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Una Merkel, et al. to shame.
I’m So Excited plot
I’m So Excited is set on an airplane flying from Spain to Mexico City. If the trailer is any indication, the plane in question has many more staff members than passengers. Perhaps not such a bad thing, considering that all aboard may be in mortal danger.
Trying to keep everyone cool, Bad Education’s Javier Cámara acts as the leader of the ultra-fey, show-biz-inclined male flight attendants (the other two are Raúl Arévalo and Carlos Areces), who at one point dance to the tune of The Pointer Sisters’ "I’m So Excited." And in case you were wondering, that explains the film’s English-language title.
Funny? Well, let’s just say I’m So Excited certainly looks lighter on its feet than Pedro Almodóvar’s most recent effort, The Skin I Live In. In fact, it’s reminiscent of his early, broad comedies like Dark Habits and What Have I Done to Deserve This?. Subversive? Well, effeminate male flight attendants are nothing new, but Lola Dueñas grabbing the crotch of two pilots — at the same time — might be considered a tad risqué in some quarters.
And here’s wondering if there’ll be any kind of on-screen homage to William A. Wellmann’s The High and Mighty, or to Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker’s Airplane!. Of course, it could be that such homages are reserved only to Duel in the Sun, All About Eve, and Sarita Montiel and Anna Magnani movies.
Having said that, I must admit that I chuckled imagining a version of The High and the Mighty directed by Pedro Almodóvar, with John Wayne, Robert Stack, and Robert Newton as the three singing-and-dancing flight attendants.
Pedro Almodóvar: I’m So Excited is ’crazy, wild, and lively’
Pedro Almodóvar, for his part, called I’m So Excited "a crazy, wild, and fun comedy." The Academy Award-winning director-screenwriter (Talk to Her) added that I’m So Excited cast members "loudly enjoyed it. I can thus say that I’m So Excited has already achieved its first success." And finally, Almodóvar claimed that Volver’s Lola Dueñas’ work in I’m So Excited will be "a revelation."
I’m So Excited all-star cast
Besides Javier Cámara, Lola Dueñas, Raúl Arévalo, Carlos Areces, the all-star I’m So Excited cast includes All About My Mother’s Cecilia Roth, Volver’s Blanca Suárez, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Antonio de la Torre, Hugo Silva, Laya Martí, José M. Yazpik, Pepa Charro, and Guillermo Toledo, the star of Álex de la Iglesia’s pitch-black comedy Perfect Crime.
Additionally, I’m So Excited boasts cameos by Pedro Almodóvar muses Antonio Banderas (Law of Desire, Matador, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, The Skin I Live In) and Penélope Cruz (All About My Mother, Broken Embraces, Volver), plus Paz Vega, Carmen Machi and Susi Sánchez.
Frequent Pedro Almodóvar collaborators Alberto Iglesias (music) and José Luis Alcaine (cinematography) are also back. I’m So Excited opens in Spain on March 8.
I’m So Excited trailer and Pedro Almodóvar quotes via RTVE.
Miguel Ángel Silvestre in Pedro Almodóvar’s I’m So Excited photo: Sony Pictures Classics.