Iñárritu was placed on the Olympus of the directors with "Amores Perros" and won his debut full with "21 Grams" and "Babel", always with the great scripts GuillermoArriaga who is possibly the most eminent writer in the Latin world. In "Babel," Iñárritu and Arriaga, broke off their friendship and decided not to work together anymore.
In "Biutiful" thefundamental problem lies in the script, rather weak and far from the great texts of Arriaga. The style and tone is very different, the narrative is linear and there is nothing convoluted. Iñárritu thus breakssharply with the brand that made him reach great heights.
Not that "Biutiful" is a bad movie, it is not at the level of previous work of its director.
Rodrigo Prieto, director of photography,common in the film Alexander does a great job. Argentina's Gustavo Santaolalla creates a score that never quite fit with the images and provides no shade, it is entirely bankrupt, and is symptomaticbecause Santaolalla always had the target in the earlier works of Arriaga-Iñárritu tandem. In addition Santaolalla has created several first-rate soundtrack in "Motorcycle Diaries" and "My BlueberryNights," for example.
"Biutiful" tells the story of Uxbal (Javier Bardem) who is in a dead end, has cancer and is now in terminal decline, has been separated from his wife because of his addictions,has to care for her two young children, and is in a precarious financial situation, dealing with ethnic minorities in a world of immigration and poverty (Africans, Gypsies, Chinese and South), alwaysat the point of exploitation.
"Biutiful" Barcelona presents a far removed from the glamour of the luxury boutiques of the Paseo de Gracia or cultural or sporting event with good weather. It showsthe misery that hangs over any large city in the world.
The first scene is the weakest of the film gradually becomes level, but at no point just touching the fiber, is too far in the story and...