Movie Review #677
Mediapro, Versátil Cinema & Gravier Productions present…
…in association with Antena 3 Films & Antena 3 Televisión…
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Country: USA – Spain
Spoken Languages: English
Directed by Woody Allen. Produced by Letty Aronson, Jaume Roures, Stephen Tenenbaum. Written by Woody Allen.
Rated R by the MPAA – infrequent profanity. Runs 1 hour, 38 minutes. Premiered at Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2010. Limited release in the USA on September 22, 2010. Wide release in Spain on August 27, 2010.
“Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
– Macbeth (Act V, Scene V, Lines 26-30)
“You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” is all we need to prove that Woody Allen, in his old age, is still kickin’. It’s also proven that he doesn’t realy need to star in his movies to make them funny. Helena (Gemma Jones) is the female neurotic here, and in comparison, Alvy Singer is sane as sanity itself. She’s a minor character in the movie, and she’s become highly superstitious in her old age.
Oh and then there’s Anthony Hopkins, who has divorced his wife to go out with a woman forty years younger than him. (Is this Woody Allen recounting his past, when he disbanded from Mia Farrow to marry her adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn?)
Anthony Hopkins is perfect in this movie, as is the rest of the cast. Naomi Watts stands out coupled with Banderas and Brolin, her two lovers during this movie. This is another soap opera from the Allenology, taking A Midsummer Night’s Dream and condensing it a bit. Okay, the results here are a bit episodic, but they’re hilarious. Woody’s screenplay is a bit overlong, and it’s not nearly as wry as a true fan wants it, but it’s as light, upbeat, soapy, and delightful as it needs to be.
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