'Roma': A Film Review

Updated on December 17, 2018
Thepagemaster profile image

We are the LA Film Institute, and if you love films as much as we do, then this is the place for you.

Source

Roma proves that film is art!

The last time we saw director Alfonso Cuaron, he won an Oscar for his visually stunning work in the movie Gravity. He has also directed the cult classic film, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and last but not least, Children of Men. Which is considered one of the best science fiction films of the new millennium. Yet, with his latest movie, 4 years removed from his last, Roma is something deeper, more grand in scale in terms of emotion, and visually rich as if looking back at old photographs of a time and people that are now long gone.

Roma tells the story from the perspective of a young maid named Cleo, as she takes care of an upper middle class family during 1970's Mexico.

A personal film for Alfonso Curaon, Roma is semi-autobiographical as he wrote this story about his own life, and the personal bond he had with his nanny who took care of his family when he was growing up. In this this film, he examines his country at a time rarely seen on film. Yet, it is undeniably relatable, tender, and frightening. From domestic grief, abandonment, love, and political turmoil, Roma is raw and pure. In almost every scene, I couldn't help but to think back at my own life, and I was amazed at how many memories, good and bad, this movie had brought up.

I could pinpoint an event in the movie and say, "I have seen that happen to someone," or, "That happened to me!" It was an incredible feeling, one that few films have done.

Shot in digital black and white, you are transported back in what feels like a memory. It is no longer the present, it is now history.

Stripped of any distractions, bright colors of the period, and style, black and white helps you focus on the emotion of the characters and nothing else, while still providing a pleasing palate to stare at. Crisp, clear, and artful. Every single frame is perfect. No matter how far into the future we go, there will always still be a need to see a picture, or a film in black and white. It is a film I wish was playing in every single theater on the biggest screens possible. Instead of the big, loud and nauseating movies, Roma proves that film is still art, and it should be seen by all who can appreciate it.

I had made the same case for last years best picture winner, The Shape of Water. A film that was regulated to the back of the theater on the tiniest screen because Star Wars: The Last Jedi had dominated all the larger ones.

Netflix once again gives filmmakers creative freedom to create their own passion projects, as is the case with this one and many others. While major studios continue to churn out comic book movies, although I did enjoy Black Panther, or turn old childhood cartoons into "live action" extravaganzas which thrives purely on nostalgia to trick you into buying a ticket, I have to be okay with only watching these excellent films, like Roma, from my couch and not on the silver screen. Now I know, streaming at home does have it's advantages. I don't have to drive, spend money at the theater on food and drinks, or deal with crying kids, but as a purest, there are certain films I want to watch on the big screen, or I wished I had seen on the big screen. Times are changing, and although it can be scary, change is inevitable.

Like the family in Roma, life goes on, nothing will ever be the same, but we'll have all new adventures together. 5 out of 5 stars.

Source

Have you seen Roma? What did you think?

See results

Questions & Answers

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      No comments yet.

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, reelrundown.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://reelrundown.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
      ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)