I received the invite for this screening a few weeks backs, and being that I absolutely LOVE 99.9% of Woody Allen’s films, I accepted! Naturally I had to download the film’s press kit in order to give you guys some visuals, and as tempting as it was to read all about the film, I chose not to. If you’re a fan of Mr. Allen’s films then you know it’s best to go “all-in”, having no expectations; allowing the film to slowly unravel before you. And that, it did.
Having received 6 Oscar nominations for movies such as Annie Hall, Manhattan and Hannah and Her Sisters, Woody Allen – the film’s writer and director – needs no introduction. The man, in my opinion, is a genius! He’s a comedian (duh!), jazz musician, author and actor among many other things. Jack of all trades, much?! So, as you can see, it was definitely hard to resist temptation of the synopsis. I literally counted down the days. Plus, i wanted to give y’all an unbiased and fair review!! ;]
I was hoping, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, would do more for me than his 2009 “Whatever Works” did; decent, but not impressive. Allen’s films usually illustrate passion, love affairs, wine, and jazz, while deep existential conversations generally depict New York City as another character on screen. And as much as I had anticipated that, Allen instead, takes us to London, England. I’m not sure if London came alive as I was immediately hooked into the storyline and did not want to skip a beat. Let’s put it this way, I sat through the entire movie without using the ladies room, and I’d driven from San Jose!! Yup!
SPOILER ALERT – aka typical Allen film:
Fraud, extra-marital affairs and cynicism narrate a film full of dry humor and sexual frustrations that vaguely mirror romance. The film is very nostalgic of New York, packed with buoyant jazz tunes, it hits the most classical of notes at just the right times. I enjoyed the movie very much, the boyfriend did too – with the exception of the ending – which was a brilliant and typical Allen ending. If you liked Manhattan, Annie Hall and Melinda and Melinda, then you will definitely dig You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. Trust. Oh – and here’s a little fun fact, Woody Allen’s filmography consists of a movie release each year for nearly 30 years…that’s a lot of movies, dang Mr. Allen!
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. Dir. Woody Allen. Perf. Antonio Banderas, Freida Peinto, Anthony Hopkins. Sony Pictures Classics, 2010. Film.
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