La Dictadura Perfecta achieves the perfect mix of satire and cynicism while looking at the input Mexico’s media has in today’s corrupt political system. It is, without doubt, the perfect slap in the face to a very powerful television company.
Let me explain the beauty of Mexican films, there are no rules. You will not see Mexican comedies and satires in the Academy Awards. The acting is not great, the cinematography can be a joke at times, and the budget is obviously low. They are not meant to win prestige, they are meant to entertain and inform. However, this does not mean they are not good. I might be bias though, because there is a beauty in them that you will miss out on if you are not of Mexican origins.
Directed by Luis Estrada, La Dictadura Perfecta revolves around how the most powerful television company of Mexico creates media distractions in order to direct the public’s attention towards whatever they want. While the acting is not superb, the witty and amusing performances of Damian Alcazar, Joaquin Cosio, and Alfonso Herrera provide comic relief throughout the whole mess of corruption the story provides us with.
True, La Dictadura Perfecta is not a film masterpiece, but it is so much more than that. It is the tragic reality of the links of corruption that exists where you least expect it, in television, through a satirical and comic lens in order to make it lighter.