Just saw Woody Allen’s latest film You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger,and a question of mine was raised—what’s left of Woody Allen.It seems that Woody Allen is the old man who has nothing to say at all,but still wants to say something.In a word,You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger is just boring.
There only two things that I like about this film.
1.Freida Pinto,the lady who is always in red in the film.
Im not a big fan of Freida Pinto,and the role she plays in the film is not chanllenging.Despite of all that,I,from the persepective of a fashion lover,just love how she displays all those red dresses in a really elegant and fresh way.It is just amazing that she handles all the red clothes so effortlessly.
2.The part where the aurthor Roy stole the manuscript of his friend who he assumed had died in a car accident and claimed that it was his work.However,there was a mix-up with another friend who has died.
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It more or less reminds me of Match Point and keeps me wondering whether Roy would get away with it.Woody Allen’s wit emerges again in this part though the trick has been used.
However, let’s see what the audience and reviewers say about it.
“My love for Woody Allen’s genius as seen through his movies just keeps getting deeper and deeper. First off, the casting here is phenomenal, it just couldn’t be better. I couldn’t stand at least two of these actors before seeing them in this Woody film but now they rate, (in my book anyway), that being Ms. Pinto and Mr. Benedaras. The two elder British actresses here blew me away as did Naomi Watts as usual. Her beauty, capacity, and craft are just amazing. Not to mention Anthony Hopkins who is flawless thru-out. Also, I cannot help noticing how each new movie Woody Allen releases carries with it something from a previous one, be it a song, a concept or some colour, sort of like a musical concept album that all ties in somehow. It is so deep in fact, that I am starting to feel the effects of some kind of spiritual occult power that Woody Allen possesses. He is THAT good! At its base though is always an incredible innocent humor, the one quality that makes all the harsh ugly realities of life enjoyable and worth living. This film isn’t anything new or unique but it is another piece of the jigsaw in one of the most beloved Director’s valuable creative archive. Thank you Woody for giving us a reprieve in this abyss of suffering!!”
-IMDb user, lanzarishi
“Gemma Jones & Anthony Hopkins star in this unhappy little melodrama of life after marriage. Is the grass really greener on the other side? Did I make a mistake? Can I do better than this? It’s difficult to have a lot of sympathy for any of the characters as they seem, and are, out of touch with reality. Unfortunately, most of the characters in this film have little more than their daily tedium to offer in the world. It’s discouraging to realize that most of us have delusions about life having more to offer us than what we’re getting and if we just make the right choices, we can change that, but oh, those right choices can be as deceptive as our delusions about them. At what age do we have to just give up and accept the fact that our lives are not going to get any more fulfilling than they are. It’s easy for Allen to say, because he has had great success making his delusions a reality – and making himself rich along the way. Imagine how much more depressing this movie could have been if he’d been in it too!”
-IMDb user, bgreig
“After reading several unfavorable reviews of “You Will Meet a Tall, Dark Stranger,” from various media critics, one can only feel pity for these humorless, dyspeptic, dunderheads who also panned “Vicky Christina…,” and “Match-point,” both of which were brilliantly entertaining and dramatically absorbing. ‘Stranger’ offered a wonderful cast, as always, at the top of their form in a frothy romp with certain, sardonic overtones, all of which made this Woody Allen entertainment exceptionally enjoyable. In an era when film comedy has been reduced to numskull offerings for adolescents and adolescent men, Allen has come up with (gasp!) sophisticated comedies and dramas since he began shooting in Europe.”
-IMDb user, grg-gilbert
“How many times do you want to watch the same Woody Allen movie? What’s your tolerance threshold for repeat visits back to his couch? Because from this point forward, if it’s not about crime and punishment like Match Point or Cassandra’s Dream, if it’s yet another wheel-spinning, unfunny comedy of manners about fancy people and their aimless romantic rootlessness and casually hurtful affairs, then I’d just as soon sit out the remaining joyless chapters. Someone alert me to the moment when the aging director writes a script that demonstrates he’s got more to say than everything he’s already said before, sparks back to life and changes up his game.”
– Dave White, movies.com
“The phrase “young Woody Allen” carries, alas, a reminder of its opposite. Older Woody Allen, still re-seeking the elixir of genius. The response to You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger is, let’s hope not. Not if he/she is any one of Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Freida Pinto or the other weirdly un-back-storied immigrant Thamesiders – even London has an identity (doesn’t it?), it isn’t just a black hole sucking in the deracinated – who people a plot about fortune-telling, love, marriage and generational tension.
The dialogue resembles first-draft efforts in a creative-writing class – “One way or another I want to move on with our lives” – while the voice-over narration is preppy, arch, overemphatic. When I saw the words “Tin Ear Production Company” in the end credits, I wasn’t sure if it was a joke or a piece of authorial honesty.”
– Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
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