Relationships from the view of a neurotic, it's a shame Woody Allen is playing him. His humour has more misses than hits with me but there are a few very clever scenes with the flashbacks, the alternative thought process with subtitles, the out of body sex scene, some moments work and with relationships some parts I can relate but Walkens brief moment is my conclusion for his win of the Oscar the following year.
"It reminds me of that old joke- you know, a guy walks into a psychiatrist's office and says, hey doc, my brother's crazy! He thinks he's a chicken. Then the doc says, why don't you turn him in? Then the guy says, I would but I need the eggs. I guess that's how I feel about relationships. They're totally crazy, irrational, and absurd, but we keep going through it because we need the eggs.”
It could easily be mistaken for yet another ALLEN movie, but even though it could be said to be based on similar formulae as many of his other films, this one stands out because of the authentic energy of the actors, and the vibe between them. KEATON's vitality and wild yet sweet character are beautifully contrasted against ALLEN's typical neurotic type. Very loveable film!
The opening is energizing. The ending is endearing. In the middle Woody Allen does not shut up. You might not find that annoying or even feel it's the reason the otherwise bland film works. I certainly find it hard to emote with either of these two and their obnoxious relationship, nevermind its status as a quirky date film. I'll watch Seinfeld instead. (but that Snow White bit!)
Neither slapstick funny - Nor pseudo-intellectual dull, Annie Hall lands just at the apex of Woody Allen's talent curve, combining humour, depth, comedy, cleverness and a shamed love for the world in some of the greatest 93 minutes in New York cinema. I watch this once a year roughly and get it every time.
ANNIE HALL is a movie which invited me to be in it. This movie also made me want to shout "Can you please shut the f*ck up?!" everytime when Alvy Singer and Annie fight. I loved ANNIE HALL because it gave me a kind of experience like that. It's something that you won't meet in some movies. I guess Woody Allen wrote the story while using the final form of Super-Saiyan. ANNIE HALL is like - a Woody Allen himself...
Without question, this is Woody Allen's masterpiece. Whichever type of Allen style you like, this films has something for you. If you like intellectual Allen, it has a lot of insightful things to say about love and relationships. If you like straight-up funny Allen, it's filled with hilarious lines (in fact, I'd say it's his most quotable film). Stimulating and entertaining, it's one of the truly great films.