Alfonso Cuarón Orozco (born November 28, 1961) is a Mexican director who frequently directs mainstream fare in an artsy style, sometimes with an eye towards political commentary and/or exploring teen angst. His most notable films include Y Tu Mamá También, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Children of Men and Gravity.
He is also a co-creator of the series Believe on NBC.
Common tropes in his movies:
- Acclaimed Flop:
- Children of Men, which received much praise yet fell $6 million short of recouping its budget.
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban got much acclaim for Cuaron's unique nonlinear take on the plot established in the book, and is one of the Potter film series' best-reviewed and most favored installments. Despite all of this, it was the lowest-grossing movie in the series at just under $800 million.
- Camera Abuse: Blood splatter on the lens in Children of Men, water on the lens in Gravity.
- The Film of the Book: A Little Princess, Great Expectations, Azkaban and Children Of Men.
- Money, Dear Boy: A significant portion of his work, according to this interview.
- That would explain I Am Autism though.
- The Oner: A signature style of his. Children of Men was widely praised for its finale in this respect and Gravity has it in its opening, as well as in several scenes throughout the rest of the film. Many of his movie, including Children of Men and Gravity are shot by highly acclaimed cinematographer and frequent collaborator, Emmanuel Lubezki, who is a master of this style.
- Road Trip Plot: Y Tu Mama Tambien and Children of Men.
- Scenery Porn: Sometimes crosses over with Scenery Gorn.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: His films could rather be in the middle or more towards the idealistic end.