19 February 2006 | Waiting2BShocked
Paella for Beginners
This isn't exactly recommended. It's nominally based on a Jules Verne story (The Fifteen Years Old Captain), but it's hard to infer any literary influence whatsoever beyond the appalling dubbing, coupled with the fact that you can see better, less stagy acting on 'You've Been Framed'. As an indicator of directorial quality, consider that Simon is Spain's most exported director next to Jess Franco; the difference being that whereas Franco kept on working so long as the projects interested him, Simon just kept on working.
Attempts at exciting action are strictly confined to close-ups of the ship supposedly wildly thrashing about at sea (probably a Spanish harbour in a moderate wind and a few too many brandys for the cameraman). Imagine a feature length compilation of out-takes left over from the filming of a Captain Birdseye commercial, and you're half way there.