It's entirely possible that sending the audience out feeling lousy was intentional
Very good movie overall, highly recommended. Most of the negative reviews don't have any merit and are all pollitically based. Give this movie a chance at least, and it might give you a different perspective.
A great movie, one of the best of this year. There was a bit of confusion at one point in the plot, but nothing serious.
There are moments in this movie where the great movie it could've been peek out... They're fleeting, here, but they're worth savoring, and they happen often enough to make it worth your while.
This is yet another over-rated movie that involves multiple sub-plots linked together by a common thread. Unlike some better executions (Crash, Babel) where the sub-plots come together in a climatic fashion, there is no such excitement here. I am no expert but I couldn't even see how the three sub-plots were related besides a dog playing central role in all three of them.
The film has a very good rhythm, and soon in the initial scene we are already attached to the film and we start to cheer for Octavio, who is who stars in the first part of the film. The other cores - Daniel and Valeria and El Chivo and Maru - have only a quick introduction, only to justify the core change later, which is also done very naturally, leaving only a hint of Octavian's story to be counted in the minutes End of the film, when we are already much more interested in the history of El Chivo than in his. The characters are very catchy and the actors give life to them very well, yielding several exciting moments throughout the two and a half hours of film. I also really enjoyed the dramatic arc, showing the causes and consequences of the car crash shown in the initial scene.
Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu is one of the greatest filmmakers of the 21st century for his breathtaking vision and the power he brings in his darkest films. "Amorres Perros" is a heartbreaking story that digs into your soul and stays with you. It's blistering performances and depressing subject matter are the things that build upon strong films. While disturbing and saddening to watch at many times, "Amorres Perros" thrives in doing what it intends on doing, that being showing you the real world and how multiple people of different backgrounds can relate to one another no matter their lifestyles. Three interconnected stories about the different strata of life in Mexico City all resolve with a fatal car accident. Octavio is trying to raise enough money to run away with his sister- in-law, and decides to enter his dog Cofi into the world of dogfighting. After a dogfight goes bad, Octavio flees in his car, running a red light and causing the accident. Daniel and Valeria's new-found bliss is ended when she loses her leg in the accident. El Chivo is a homeless man who cares for stray dogs and is there to witness the collision. With three stories being interconnected by an accident, we see the dark sides to each group of people. We learn about their motifs, their failures, and, surprisingly, their mutual love of dogs (hence the title "Love's a Bitch"). What Innaritu and writer Guillermo Arriaga do is craft an amazing masterpiece that stands out as one of the greatest foreign films of all time. This powerful drama brings the hardship and hope of life in magnificent and creative ways that help you appreciate the power of storytelling and good drama.
Amores perros, a.k.a Love's a bitch, a trichtype: three apparently disparate stories, not necessarily distinct, amalgamate and provide a combined effect on the viewer, has all the necessary ingredients of a simple movie aiming to tackle complex issues related, but not limited, to love, in all its forms, loyalty, treachery, faith, brotherly love , or lack of it, and hope. In one story, protagonist caves into lust and doesn't care whether God laughs at his plans; contrastingly, in the third plot beleaguered veteran, an assassin, tries to see clearly even though he jests earlier in the movie that if God wishes him to see everything blurry, he will do so. Just as having all the key ingredients, fresh and appropriate, doesn't guarantee an exquisite dish, so having appropriate cast, relevant production values and stellar writing doesn't promise a great viewing. This is where a director's worth really shows. While viewing the first part, the viewer feels adventurous, hopeful and eerily guilt. These feeling give way to feeling of irritation, nagging and loss of hope, during the second part ; one again feels hopeful, furthers his understanding of life and human nature, and acknowledges importance of moving on after viewing the third and final part of the movie. Innaritu's genius has an effect. It lies not in showing what life is, but in making the audience feel it. For English audience, who know little about fame of Mexican actors, the movie may sometimes feel like a well-directed and edited documentary, with close up shot spreading throughout the movie and realistic portrayal. You neither appreciate what most characters do, nor condemn them; because u realize love's a bitch!!!