Hail Review: Tragicomedy of Rediscovery

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A famous meteorologist who fails to prevent a destructive hail storm is forced to flee to his hometown, where he embarks on a journey of rediscovery. Hail is a tragicomedy directed by frame Carnival, written by Ferdinand Balmayor and the Oscar winner Nicholas Giacobone (bird man), starring William Francella (The Secret in Their Eyes), Peto Menahem, Romina Fernandes, Martín Seefeld, Laura Fernández, Eugenia Guerty, Viviana Saccone, Horacio Fernández, Norman Briski and Nicholas Scarpino. The film opens in Netflix on March 30, 2022.

To bad weather, good face

Countless times we have not remembered the family of the “weather man” on television when saying that we would have a sunny day and a storm has caught us without an umbrella in the middle of the street. So that’s the starting point. Hailin which Miguel Flores, a famous TV meteorologist, becomes public enemy number one for not predicting a terrible hail storm. His fall from grace forces him to leave the big city (Buenos Aires) and seek refuge in Córdoba, his hometown. What began as an escape ends up being a journey of self-discovery as absurd as it is human.

It is a simple story of a meteorologist who was famous but lost everything because of a simple mistake, focusing on the impact that a simple mistake can have on anything. It is true that many films have been made from that same starting point, changing the profession and therefore the type of error, but here it serves as the engine for a well-shot journey of self-discovery with an impeccable cast and an unbeatable staging .

Lost fame like tears in the rain

Like a shooting star is the passage for the fame of television celebrities. Few stars are capable of lasting for years in the limelight, and Hail It is in charge of showing us the transience of those people who take over the screens at a meteoric speed for the tastes of the spectators more than for their work itself.

Once they achieve success, in many cases they are unable to maintain their own personal lives, as is the case of the protagonist of the film, able to forecast the weather but not keeping his own daughter close, both physically and emotionally. That part of the story is what allows Mark’s Carnival combine the comedy of manners with the drama about family tragedies. Likewise, they enlighten us about the reactions of the fandoms when well-known people are wrong, going from heroes to villains in an instant.

The hail that gives the film its title also plays an important role, and for which they have had some outstanding special effects that I did not expect to find in a film like this, the hail that falls from the sky and its devastating consequences being very important for both the visual impact on the viewer as well as on the lives of the protagonists.

Francella monopolizes all the protagonism

Surprisingly little development of secondary characters that could have helped to expand the main story a little more, being very focused Hail in the rediscovery story of Miguel, played by William Francella, and in the background we have her daughter, played by Roman Fernandez.

William Francella He needs no introduction, he is able to make the most of any role he faces, and takes us from drama to comedy with an ease that seems innate. He can only make a movie work because of his wonderful gift for us to empathize with his characters, but sometimes it helps to get to know the supporting characters a little better who help broaden the world of the main character. Roman Fernandez, For his part, he has earned the hatred of the Cordobeses by unluckily capturing the Córdoba accent, something that we do not notice in Spain but that in Argentina has been viewed with bad eyes.

Luis, a taxi driver who is a fan of Miguel played by Menahem Breastplateand grandfather Don José, played by Norman Brisky, are presented in the film as if they were two more characters in a crazy comedy starring Francella. Although they could be a turning point that would mark a before and after in Miguel’s life, in the end they remain as a filler that contributes little to the dramatic part of the story and could have worked better. Both, along with Miguel’s daughter, could have had broader stories but they remain as subplots without any emotion, and the dramatic tension is diluted in anticlimactic scenes.

Hail is an emotional and moving story of self-discovery when it deals with the father-daughter bond, with the intention of telling us many things but forgetting a large part of them halfway through, surprising the final twist more typical of another genre than a dramatic comedy .

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