In I’m So Excited we were made the implicit promise of a hilarious throwback to the movies Pedro Almodóvar used to make in the 1980’s, his early films that are considered to be modern comedy classics, in the best Woody Allen sense.
The director himself has said that with this, his 19th feature film, he intended to make a “light” movie, something that was simply meant to entertain and make us laugh after such recent heavy fare as Broken Embraces and The Skin I Live In. His brother/producer Ahgustín called it a “witty comedy with spicy dialogue” when he was interviewed by Spanish press before production began. During most of its brisk running time, the movie does just that, as nary a single scene passes without having the audience around you explode into raucous laughter. It’s only when you return to the movie that you might uncover its darker layers, something that seems unexpected even for its legnedary creator.