Javier Bardem is the man and he’s the real beauty of dark and tragic Biutiful. Once again he played a remarkable character not so easy to pull. Once again he made us feel the inner pangs and pain of man who’s dying in few months; this time he’s not at all willingly wanted it, rather he wants to survive. It’s one of his most intense and award deserving performance. Never ever in a single frame, I feel the struggle of an actor here; instead he carried it all like a lone wolf.
It’s an existential drama of an upright man who’s in deep crisis, socially, economically, emotionally and physically. Uxbal is a responsible man; he is not only caring and responsible father but also concerning man for his workers too. He doesn’t want to die and still he has few months to survive and settle the things for his kids. The world around him is so ugly and seedy that he trusts no one except himself to play the responsibility for his kids and still he doesn’t let his children or anyone know his suffering end. Every day of his struggling existence adds new challenges and responsibilities along with personal life crisis. His separated wife working as massage girl and doesn't mind sleeping with Uxbal’s elder selfish brother Tito. It’s unbearable ugly world for Uxbal; he’s personal tragedy runs parallel to tragedy of his family and others and still he manages to get money anyhow for his own and others too. The struggling slow journey of his redemption is compelling and moving one and for that all credit goes to intense act by Javier Bardem. He truly deserves Oscar for this than any Colin Firth of the world!
Along with personal tragedy of Uxbal, Inarritu portrayed the deglamorised and dark picture of