Off late, I have started giving lesser priority to remakes and movies based on books. There has to be something phenomenal about the concept for such a film to be on my watchlist.
And I am being very candid, I didn’t know Don’t Blame Karma was based on another film with an almost similar name. Only when I played the credits to length did I realize the case.
Having invested my time streaming it on Netflix, I decided to review it. So, here we go.
Don’t Blame Karma Summary
Don’t Blame Karma is a slice of life film intended to inspire and motivate. However, it cannot overcome the feeling of being preachy instead of being wholesome. Nevertheless, the movie does have several good things to offer.
Read my entire Don’t Blame Karma review to learn more about this Mexican flick.
Don’t Blame Karma Synopsis
Disturbed by a childhood incident, Sara thinks she is forbidden from good luck in life. Her belief is further strengthened when Sara’s high-school crush starts dating Lucy, her sister.
Based on the film, Don’t Blame it on Your Karma by Maria Ripoll, the movie is directed by Elisa Miller. It stars Aislinn Derbez (Sara), Renata Notni (Lucy), Gil Cerezo (Aaron), Giuseppe Gamba (Roberto), Carmen Madrid, and Mauricio Garcia Lozano in lead roles.
What Works for Don’t Blame Karma?
Short and Sweet
The length of Don’t Blame Karma is less than one and a half hours. It is easier to fit into your busy schedule. Add to it the fact that the movie is sweet and charming with almost zero fluffy moments. As a slice of life, Don’t Blame Karma picks a particular period in the lead’s life and explores it religiously.
I had a grin on my face almost throughout the runtime of Don’t Blame Karma. It infused a light-hearted vibe from the very beginning. Short in length and affable in ambiance, there’s hardly a better combination than this when it comes to slice-of-life movies.
This Mexican film on Netflix is something you would keep close to your heart for the most part. The jokes, awkward situations, and, most importantly, the plot surrounding a sibling relationship are factors that generate warmth.
At some point in life, most of us have picked a specific thing and considered it a stroke of bad luck. This makes Don’t Blame Karma more relatable to the masses. Barring the relationship ruckus in the movie, people can connect with everything else.
Aislinn Derbez as Sara does well to be the center of attraction in Don’t Blame Karma’s plot. She sweetly carries the story on her shoulders. Furthermore, Aislinn’s expressions are well-complemented by her dialogue delivery.
Renata Notni plays Luci in Don’t Blame Karma. She is allotted a simple and straightforward character sketch that Notni adheres to efficiently.
Gil Cerezo is a singer in Don’t Blame Karma. His outing is probably the best part of the movie as the actor brings camouflaged humor into play. The casual persona he depicts is another great thing about his performance.
Playing Roberto in the movie, Giuseppe Gamba sticks to the outline of his character. His portrayal must be seen more from the angle of bringing entertainment into the film than anything else. Gamba does make you laugh, at times, thanks to his worthy expressions.
What Doesn’t Work for Don’t Blame Karma?
The idea of self-destruction is not new, and we have read it in books, seen it in films, and experienced it in real life. In this backdrop, Don’t Blame Karma is simply an old wine in a new bottle. It has the taste, but we have drunk it already in the past.
Moreover, since the plot’s idea is thin, we are accustomed to seeing it as a part of the story than the story itself.
Don’t Blame Karma is a film that overtly tells you why blaming the past is not the right way to live. A bit more of narrational subtlety would have been better. In the present form, the infusion of towering emotions could also have worked.
I cannot say you shouldn’t watch Don’t Blame Karma. It is heartfelt, short, and well-intended. Now, you have to decide if that’s enough for it to be on your watchlist.