All About Gila 2022 Movie Review Poster Trailer Online
A special where sixteen Spanish comedians take the stage and recreate the best Gila jokes. The excuse is that it is the 20th anniversary of the great Spanish comedian. Most of him mimics his clothing style, both men and women. For seventy-six minutes we observed what we already knew: Gila was not just the texts, but his presence, his style, his voice, his pauses, his gestures. The texts remain and he is missing. The actuality and validity of many of the jokes speak well of him and ill of the world.
Gila’s own voice appears in recordings and very short excerpts from reports. Perhaps the new generations will thus approach the master of humor. Or maybe they don’t come close at all and this is the way to undo his legacy and turn him into another Netflix exploitation gimmick. The comedians respect and venerate Gila and some take risks putting their mark, like the beloved Pantomime Full (Roberto Bodegas and Alberto Casado) who have their moment offstage to make their humor with posters. But they must pause when the audience laughs, which robs them of moments of precisely timed humor.
It is difficult to guess how the special will be seen in countries where Gila is not known or directly where Spanish is not spoken. This stand-up hour offers very little, but some of Gila’s jokes are so good that even told by others they remind us how much we love him. Finishing up and going to YouTube to find the original is the best advice. This show leaves little flavor and seeing the theater audience with chinstraps is an irony that Gila would not have missed and current comedians do not even mention. It seems that they did not understand what the jokes they honor were about.