6 February 2016 | jtaveras64
Great ambiance/aesthetics ... too PG13ISH. So its Half and Half ... needs improvement
The production is implacable and stunning. Beautiful locations and cinematography make this worth the watch. It is visually and atmospheritcaly nearly perfect. Unfortunately,... a story needs more than that.
The story has a good mystery and a great plot, and I love that Daniela Romo who is amazing is in it, its also good to see an expensive period piece done by a Latin TV production company.
But in order for this show to achieve the true perfection it seems to aim for it had to take a different direction. Its too over acted, border lining on melodramatic and corny (yes i get it its a telenovela its supposes to be that way ) but at times its so dramatic it looks like a comedy lol. The scenes don't look genuine or organic, they don't flow as if the viewer is watching something that could be real, every shot reminds you that is a filmed work of art and that's the main problem. It needs to be more raw, more believable, and while this is aimed for the entire family i guess, a dark mystery like this should not be holding back on violence, blood, sex and passion .. and it lacks all of that. So the scenes that want to play that out don't do so well.
The romance is decent, and the variety of characters is great too... but in the end this looks like a story that could have been perfect and isn't because its main focus is on aesthetic value.
When watching this i have one though in mind.. what if this had been done by TELEMUNDO? and it reminds me why they are a superior network with better stories told with more authenticity, rawness and realness. That does not mean promote ugliness and violence, but it does mean portray things as they are, if we are to believe what we are watching the story ought to break out of the plastic pastel image it has. Basically, El Hotel De Los Secretos is selling something I'm not fully convinced i want to buy.
For this alone i suppose the story fails, not to mention its a replica of a Spaniard show, but its only the beginning and it might achieve greatness.
All in all this story is addictive and captivating and i need to know how it ends! So it has my attention ... for now.
So far, Final Grade: