Run time: 116 mins
Fernando León de Aranoa’s and Javier Bardem are back in business with their newest collaboration.
When Bardem first appears in The Good Boss, he’s looking as suave as ever: suited and silver haired, he delivers his speech as the titular boss, Blanco, with all the panache of a seasoned politician. His company, populated by employees he says he considers family, is enjoying marked success – but at what cost?
There are protests, promiscuity and endless problems behind the scenes. Blanco is garnering a notorious reputation for his predatory tendencies; his production manager Miralles’ (Manolo Solo) philandering is destabilising the company structure; and his most loyal employee, Jose (Óscar de la Fuente) is being made redundant.
It’s a bold comment on corporate and capitalist culture, confronts gender biases, and explores class dynamics. As serious as it may sound, though, it retains a healthy balance of comedic relief: slapstick, silly – there’s a juvenility to it that ensures its audiences will be repeat customers.
Beating out Pedro Almodóvar’s Parallel Mothers to be Spain’s submission to the 94th Oscars, and sweeping the Goya Awards with 20 nominations and 6 wins, it guarantees solid returns on (time) investment.