The story that’s advised within the documentary “Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado” is the acquainted fable of a dreamer who finds super fame, solely to be pulled from the clouds by the sordid realities of life on the bottom. If the movie tends towards conference, it’s saved from cliché by the bejeweled and beguiling presence of Walter Mercado himself.
Mercado was a Puerto Rican astrologer and true Pisces whose profession as a tv and radio mystic started in 1969. On the peak of his fame, Mercado’s picture was broadcast to hundreds of thousands world wide each day. He was a one-man spectacular — an androgynous visionary clad in Armani and armored with Swarovski crystals who defied masculine expectations to evangelise the facility of affection and lightweight.
The documentary was made within the months earlier than Mercado’s dying in November, and in it, he and his family members recall previous successes and struggles. In virtually papal regalia, the energetic octogenarian sits for authentic interviews, as do key figures from his life.
The administrators Cristina Costantini and Kareem Tabsch fondly current Mercado as a transgressive hero, however the model of the film is staid, over-relying on speaking head interviews, which solely serve to field in larger-than-life personalities.
The movie consists of archival footage from his every day astrology broadcasts, and these temporary clips from these lavish productions show all of the transcendental goal and cinematic imaginative and prescient that’s missing from the documentary itself. The film is beneficiant about permitting Mercado to current his view of the world in his personal phrases, however it’s a disgrace not to have the ability to see the world by means of his eyes.
Mucho A lot Amor
Not rated. In English and Spanish, with subtitles. Working time: 1 hour 36 minutes. Watch on Netflix.