Roberto once had a promising career in advertising until the economic downturn left him jobless. With the bills stacking up, Roberto is desperate to find a job to support his family. After another interview that leads nowhere, Roberto is approaching the end of his rope until a freak accident places him at the center of a media frenzy. Alex De La Iglesia's As Luck Would Have It is an engaging farce about our media-obsessed culture in which Roberto goes from nobody to famous in a matter of seconds because of a terrible accident. For an Alex de la Iglesia film, As Luck Would Have It is stylistically tame by comparison, but its thematic intentions are extremely relevant. Before the accident happens we witness Roberto's latest failed job attempt. We see how he is viewed as next to nothing with most people not even willing to waste their time making eye contact with him. This is an exaggerated reality sure, but it's a rather truthful portrait of how one feels during job interviews. On the other hand, after his accident we see how everyone wants a piece of the pie. We see the media sensualization in full effect, using Roberto, a victim, to simply get what they want which in most cases equates to money. Roberto even goes as far as hiring an agent who negotiates Roberto's interview price, product placement, etc. Alex De La Iglesia's viewpoint in cynical in nature, with nearly every character in this film selfishly looking for their way to make the most out of Roberto's awful situation. While the film is certainly a black comedy, what surprised me the most is just how emotionally effective the film is. Roberto is a man who perceives himself as a failure to his wife and kids and the way his wife and children deal with this situation definitely resonated with me. Alex De La Iglesia's As Luck Would Have It is a film with a lot to say, commenting on family, commerce and celebrity and while some may find that the film didn't go far enough in exploring these themes it's an enjoyable romp nonetheless.
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