Javier Bardem is a fantastic actor.
But you already knew that. He turns in one of his best performances yet in Biutiful.
Bardem plays Uxbal, a man recently divorced from his bipolar wife and raising his two children alone. He's diagnosed with terminal cancer and wants to atone for his life of crime before he dies. He works on the streets in many illegal operations, he has an unwanted gift of seeing people who have passed on, and forwarding messages to their loved ones. Uxball has a lot of things going on.
The movie's long run time hurts it a bit, but what I really enjoyed were the chain of events in Uxbal's life. The film starts off normal and slowly gets more disjointed and you can see it in Bardem's face. That's one of things that makes him so great, the way he's able to convey emotion. It's written all over him. His fear, his love for his children, his guilt when something goes horribly wrong, the over all tiredness of Uxbal is all there.
The film is beautifully shot and I felt like I saw a whole new side of Barcelona compared to what I have seen in previous films.
Memorable Quote: "Please don't forget me." - Uxbal (Javier Bardem)